THE INSTITUTE OF PEOPLE MANAGEMENT BLOG 15 – Date: w/c 30 November 2015 – Title: The 7th Global HR Capability Survey Part 2
The Human Resource Capability Survey (HRCS) is described as “The most comprehensive and rigorous empirical review of HR competencies and outcomes”. The 2016 results are out and IPM was a sponsor for the work. For the first time, we saw the concept of paradox emerging, and we wanted to talk about this in more depth.
If you follow our blog and have heard our CEO Rre Elijah Litheko speak, you will be familiar with us talking about the VUCA world. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Rather than complain about how competitive and changeable our world has become, we think it is better to take up the call and equip ourselves for a future that will be increasingly fast paced and changeable. The HRCS Results provide meaningful direction on how we can do that. With the introduction of “paradox navigator” in 2016, we believe this is further strengthened.
‘HR professionals are increasingly asked to maximize ideas and outcomes that may be inherently in opposition with each other. These professionals must constantly manage the paradoxes or tensions that exist in work settings.’
Here are some of the sample questions you can ask to assess your paradox navigator capability.
Do you effectively manage the tensions:
- between high-level strategic issues and operational details?
- between internal focus on employees and external focus on customers and investors?
- between taking time to gather information and making timely decisions?
- between global and local business demands?
- between the need for change (flexibility, adaptability) and stability (standardization)?
How do you fare against the above questions? We would love to hear from you.