7 HR Truths that are Undisputed Yet Undiscussed

7 HR Truths that are Undisputed Yet Undiscussed

Note: Each of the truths will have it’s own blog post in this 8-part series.

There is nothing more contagious than an idea whose time has come.

Our beloved HR profession is liberated only when it is no longer defined through its own self-referential lens. Our undisputed yet undiscussed 7 HR Truths become self-evident when HR is sieved through the eyes of a polymath.  This blog series will draw upon a plethora of diverse disciplines that can coalesce our profession into simple yet powerful truths. Imagine an avant-garde approach to HR with seven additional tools in your HR toolkit that have so few moving parts that their impact is augmented by virtue of minimal complications. 

HR Avant Garde 7 truths

Are you asking different questions than everyone else?

Each truth puts HR at the center of business, fostering the powerful dictate that the business of HR is business. Innovation is born out of asking different questions than the masses. Each HR truth instinctively emerges as answers to different questions that demand more from our profession. The most radical thing about these truths is their lack of radicalness. These innate truths sprout from both the common sense and wisdom that can be rediscovered when our profession is stripped of its detritus when we look at HR with fresh eyes.

The best innovators lack hubris by never stating they have the right answer to the different questions they pose, but merely develop a specific point of view they toss out in the marketplace of ideas. These 7 HR Truths make more urgent demands of our HR profession, and so we have clarified these truths so you can see why HR is the greatest backstage pass to business ever.

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Each truth puts HR at the center of business.

There is nothing more contagious than an idea whose time has come, so stay tuned for our next 7 blog posts! 

7 HR Truths:

  1. HR is accountable for at least half of a company’s growth.
  2. HR owns most of the problems a company experiences through its choice architecture.
  3. HR is the last field of competitive advantage, making every company an HR company.
  4. HR explains the gap between tangible book value & market capitalization.
  5. HR is not Admin; it is the indispensable Internal Marketing Department.
  6. GAAP does not accurately reflect a company’s worth as it exists in the knowledge economy.
  7. Compensation Plans are optimized when developed within the context of a nation’s tax code.

Vincent Suppa works with startups and investors and teaches graduate courses at New York University. His email is suppa@suppa.org.

© Vincent Suppa 2019

The Quick Time-to-Market Business Memo

Don’t work hard. Work smart! Working smart means more productivity in less time.

HR Avant Garde ™ maintains that the key to creating rapid time-to-market successful business strategies is pattern recognition. Why treat each business problem as a unique snowflake when you can discover commonality among business problems to arrive at quicker business analyses?

What is the first step in solving a business problem? It is not to find the root cause, but to have your attack plan ready to go as the tool that will help you discover both root causes and their corresponding solutions more quickly.

Time is the great equalizer – your only resource that is not scalable. Is working long hours really a badge of honor or perhaps an indication that we need to improve our efficacy? As we try to outrun lesser versions of ourselves, I am sharing with you this webinar where you can gain the skill acquisition to work smarter!

  • Learn the commonality among most business problems.
  • Develop your own customize template to use on-the-job for the rest of your career.
  • Scale your new business memo template from 90 second verbal responses to yearlong project management analysis.

Vincent Suppa works with startups and investors and teaches graduate courses at New York University. His email is suppa@suppa.org.

© Vincent Suppa 2017

Have a Better Resume than the Other Candidate

The resume is the ultimate self-marketing tool, and yet, when was last time its structure was reinvented in response to structural changes in the job market?

The only indicator a hiring manager has of your knowledge, skills and abilities is her perception of what those abilities are. While what you know is important, what the hiring manager perceives you know remains as the only indicator at her disposal.

We spend small fortunes on university degrees to gain skill acquisition while the resume – and its LinkedIn counterpart – remains as the more important vehicle to account for how potential employers & recruiters perceive you.

In this webinar, you will learn resume techniques based upon Information Theory & Interdisciplinary Epistemology. We will represent your resume and deconstruct its individual bullets as boundary objects using pedagogy in one discipline within the context of another. Adopting heuristics to resume structure, we will also create mental shortcuts recruiters can use to ease their cognitive load of making a hiring decision.

Your resume is a self-promotional marketing tool that is underutilized when candidates treat it as a summary of experiences instead of a document accurately reflecting how the financial value you add to the firm exceeds the financial value of your remuneration.

  • Leverage information theory techniques because resumes are the epitome of potential information transfer.
  • Use Information Theory to increase the gravitas of the words you choose.
  • Align resume format against how recruiters scan resumes.
  • Learn techniques to improve clarity of each resume bullet.
  • Link resume bullets to organizational metrics & financial outcomes.
  • View your resume as a real estate broker views a neighborhood.
  • View each resume bullet as Hollywood views the way movie posters market their movies.

Why hire me to revamp your resume when you can listen to this webinar and do it yourself!

Vincent Suppa works with startups and investors and teaches graduate courses at New York University. His email is suppa@suppa.org.

© Vincent Suppa 2017

BIG DATA: How to Explain It & How to Use It for Your Career

BIG DATA is the triumph of data over intuition. But who wins and who loses?  Who is perceived as having the best intuition? That would be the seasoned professional with twenty years in his field who goes with his gut instinct to make the tough calls.

When a June 2014 Harvard Business Review cover story said experience is overrated, I considered the all the traditional trends that are less and less correlated to success and how this is a big advantage for the less experienced! Newly entered professionals could gain advantages on par or greater than their more seasoned counterparts.

HBR Experience is Overrated
The world is changing at increasing rates as companies are competitively forced to compress their product life cycles.  Firms must acquire more of the talent they immediately need instead of having the luxury of time to develop it from within. This puts pressure on budgets to migrate from L&D to comp plans.

Illustrating the impact on recruiting, imagine a company needing to hire an in-house recruiter. It must select between a recruiter with twenty years of experience against one with five years of experience. Our candidate with less experience, though, has almost all of her recruitment experience in big data analytics to pull candidates in through social media. She never posts jobs since her developing expertise lies in pull recruitment!  Instead, she developed skills in big data analytics to get coders to script the right algorithms to target qualified candidates who did not even realize they were looking for a new position.   

Meanwhile, our more seasoned recruiter has two decades in traditional push recruitment. He posts jobs before wading through hundreds of qualified and unqualified resumes alike just to tell the difference.

Never before could the less experienced adequately compete with the more experienced. If experience is overrated, it is because it has been replaced by employee nimbleness – the ability of employees to learn.  HR Avant Garde invites to you to learn the practical side of big data.

In this BIG DATA webinar, updated from two years ago,  we invite you to learn:   

  • How BIG DATA changes career paths of even the most unsuspecting!
  • How BIG DATA changes the way business decision are made.
  • How BIG DATA changes who makes the decisions & the reshuffling balance of power.
  • What BIG DATA skills can you bring to the office tomorrow to increase your value?

Vincent Suppa works with startups and investors and teaches graduate courses at New York University. His email is suppa@suppa.org.

© Vincent Suppa 2017

An Executive Perspective on HR: A Strategic Framework for HR

There are no HR problems. There are only business problems with HR solutions.

Most HR professionals speak with confidence about whether or not they are adding value to the HR function. However, executives no longer think that is good enough. The C-suite is now demanding to know if HR adds shareholder value to the business – not to its own function.

When HR is not adding shareholder value and performs as a hygiene factor, firms accept industry standards and decrease their vertical integration by outsourcing significant portions of the HR function.

CEOs do not want to have HR conversations with HR. They want to have great business conversations with HR. How can HR measure its business success instead of merely its HR success? This is accomplished by discovering the link between HR initiatives and, through pro forma income statements, its impact on net income.

When HR professionals don’t present pro forma income statements as part of their project portfolios, they are bereft of the information that  definitively answers the question, “Did HR add shareholder value?”

In this webinar, discover eight income statement categories that all HR initiatives should impact. If your HR project does not impact at least one of these eight categories, consider not greenlighting the project at all for the benefit of the company.

Vincent Suppa works with startups and investors and teaches graduate courses at New York University. His email is suppa@suppa.org.

© Vincent Suppa 2017

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