Thursday, April 16, 2009

Critics & Trumpeters

Let’s face it. If your area of work impacts people (directly or indirectly), then you are guaranteed to get lot of praises as well as loads of criticism. Just which set of people (critics or trumpeters) should you focus you energies on?

Seth Godin writes in his blog asking people to ignore critics & fans alike! He suggests we focus more on people who help promote your work. This couldn’t have been truer than for an HR person.

Think about it for a second, as an HR representative, when was the last time you got an appreciation mail from someone outside of HR?!?! I know, I know. You must be thinking, what’s an appreciation mail! I got a ‘Thank You’ mail last week. Does that count? Instead, all you could recollect was mails that told you in as many words as possible, about why your idea/initiative/plan/suggestion/opinion might not work.

So how do we get our work trumpeted? Can we generate enough buzz about the work we do? And then identify people who will take that buzz and distribute it like flyers to others. It’s possible.

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them.