What do HR Managers do?
What do HR Managers do? Who do IT Managers do? What do any staff managers and trusted subordinates contribute to the leadership of an organization?
What does the boss do and what should subordinates and staff managers do?
While I have been in the UK, I have been struck by the confusion and discomfort that local HR practitioners feel over their role in the management team.
Learn from Henry Kissinger about advising the boss
People who do feel under appreciated, or who are looking for better ways to describe their role, may enjoy this piece by Henry Kissinger, where he describes the relationships between the members of the ‘security team’ at the White House – the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary for Defense and the National Security Adviser.
The contribution of the National Security Adviser seems to mirror my understanding of the HR function.
- “to ensure that no policy fails for reasons that could have been foreseen but were not and that no opportunity is missed for lack of foresight.”
- “takes care that the president is given all relevant options and that the execution of policy [by various departments] reflects the spirit of the original decision.”
- “insisting — if necessary — on additional or more complete options or on more precision in execution”
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