What’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked!
I don’t think that there is anyone in the profession of Human Resources who doesn’t yearn to be “strategic” but what does that really mean? Are we strategic because we sit on the Executive Team? Are we strategic because we are invited to the party in important business planning, like acquisitions, organizational change, or new ventures? Are we strategic because we have the ear of operational leaders?
You can probably answer yes to each of those questions, but more importantly, to all of those questions. Those are activities though. I suggest that we become strategic when we impact the organization’s bottom line. (more…)