It was new to me…had something to do with social media, and I worked in #HealthcareHR. Clearly I wasn’t interested in anything like that!
Slave of Routine
I had fallen into the trap of taking my new role too far. Instead of investing the time to listen and learn and then take action; I listened, learned, and allowed myself to flow into the established rhythms of the work day without adding my personal leadership vision.
Slave No More
The realization that washed over me also opened the door for me to begin the process of reinventing myself. I didn’t frame it that way until a year or so later, but the reality was clear.
I simply could not stay the same if I was going to be an effective HR leader going forward. The problem wasn’t that I had done something wrong, or that I didn’t understand how to lead a team of people. That wasn’t the point.
The world of work had changed, and I was the one that had to change with it. I didn’t see any other choice. I had to change..I had to admit I needed to learn brand new tools…and I had to start right away.
I distinctly remember feeling that I was far behind leaders I was paying attention to in other industries. That turned out not to be true…just as it isn’t true today for others who haven’t learned new tools in their work life. Life is about learning, and candidly it is never too late to start.
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