One thing that has been really clear in the podcast interviews I have been doing of late with industry experts who are doing things differently, is just that – they are doing things differently.  Doing being the operative word.

They aren’t talking about change, they aren’t dreaming about change they are making it happen and that’s what we need to be doing more of in HR.

If we want change we have to ACT – because Action Changes Things.

We have been taking about performance appraisals since I joined HR 20 years ago, and we are still talking about it.  We have been talking about organisations not valuing HR since I joined HR 20 years ago and we are still talking about it.  And we have been talking about the need to out our people at the heart of everything we do since I joined HR 20 years ago and we are still talking about it.

I’d love to tell you I transformed HR in every organisation I worked in, I didn’t, but I did in one and I made a HUGE difference in others.  Because I acted.  I didn’t always act the right way, or always say the right thing, but I was passionate about what I was doing, I believed in it and I did something differently.

I didn’t just talk about it.

Sadly, many of the clients we work with have been talking for a long time about what they need to change, but they haven’t been able to make the change happen, either due to resources, time or supporting another business priority.

The fact is though, that if we don’t act yet continue to constantly talk about it, we begin to lose our credibility in the business.

Now I’ve been there, I get it. I understand that in HR you can be pulled from pillar to post and sometimes don’t even know your arse from your elbow – but this is exactly when we have to start acting differently.

We have to challenge.  We have to talk about the consequences on the business if we postpone once again the action we have been planning on taking.  We need to explain the consequence to our people if it seems that once again they have given us feedback that we have ‘ignored’ because of a lack of time.

We need to be prepared to be the tall poppy, to stand up and be counted, to challenge and to make the change happen.

Because talking about and thinking about it is not going to help anything move forward.  If all we had to do was think something better I’d be sat on a beach in Bali drinking cocktails all afternoon after my morning of Yoga and thinking my business to a point of success.

It’s not going to happen.

If you want change, you have to act.  Not listen to another podcast, or read another blog, or join another webinar, or buy another book, you have to get out there and make it happen.

What action can you take today that will help you create a change for tomorrow?


 P.S I talked about ACT in our blog at the beginning of the year – you can read it here

Not one for thinking outside the box – mainly because she believes there isn’t one, Kelly founded Chrysalis in 2014 after being appointed as the UK’s Youngest HR Director (something she was told she couldn’t achieve with two young sons), after feeling that consultancy needed to more people and less process driven because – well that’s what gives consultants a bad reputation.

Through her consulting, coaching, talks, presentations, workshops and books, she rips up the rule book and helps people create what’s best for them, their teams and their organisations – not what’s best for their competitors.