1 – Learn the business
First, you have an opportunity to build relationships with other decision-makers outside of the normal “report-out-follow-the-same-standing-agenda-meetings” that you two normally see each other.
Second, you can ask questions about their part of the business (typically more detailed than would be asked in a larger group setting) without fear of embarrassment. Plus, the other person typically enjoys the chance to share their expertise with someone else in the organization. You both win! Except if you make this a priority you will win multiple times as you connect in a deeper way with several key leaders.
Much has been written about how the world of human resources has dramatically changed over the last five years. I’ve jumped on the “go modern or go home” bandwagon; but sadly many HR professionals still believe their primary job is compliance and saying “no” whenever possible.
You don’t have to be reckless…but it is time for each of us to keep pushing. Even if we’ve been a semi-early adopter we have to keep challenging ourselves to be better.