An inconvenient truth

Aug 31 2007 by Charles Helliwell Print This Article

The Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS) in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Productivity in the US have concluded that HR departments, HR Directors and their management colleagues are failing to address the strategic or people challenges facing their organisations.

So what else is new? What about telling us something that we don't already know !

Until those people leading major organisations begin to understand and appreciate the asset potential and value of their workforce, this will forever remain the case. Name me one CEO of a leading FTSE or Dow company that comes from a people-related background.

I can't and I bet you can't either - although you might want to chew on this absolute fact, which no one has yet picked up on. Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors of all time bases his investment strategies, in part, on the strength of the workforce as he sees it, through the vision and long-term planning of the senior management.

If ever there was a ringing endorsement for organisations to learn from, this is it, but then, hey, I don't suppose anyone is taking too much notice. They are all to busy feting the guru for his uncanny investment skill. Funny that, isn't it ?