Over the past 18 months, I have been working with one of the LF clients on an HR Transformation. Transformations generally include organization development and design, leadership development, engagement and total rewards strategy. Recently, I have been pondering what I have learned from working with my clients. Read more to get a take on my perspective.
Labrador – Elephant
We have a good sized Labrador retriever weighing in at about 103 pounds named Magnolia. Magnolia is a fantastic family dog, but she has a tendency to lean against you when she likes you, and sometimes you just have to push her off. It can force you to be off balance and pushing her off can make her think you are playing. We have to regularly train her to not jump or lean on people to avoid problems. The need for HR Transformation can be like a big animal, sometimes more like an elephant, leaning against you or stepping on you, completely unaware of the problem. Of course, the elephant metaphor is not about the elephant, but about the size of the problem to solve.