Influencers in Human Resources

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HR Marketer had a great quote in their blog, the other day. “Influencers don’t work; workers don’t influence.”

I thought about this over the weekend and decided that the statement needs some fleshing out. I want to know what you think because I cannot agree with it. No way. It just doesn’t seem right based on my own experiences.

I recently met HR professionals like Stephen R. Fussell, Patricia Nazemetz, and Marcela Perez de Alonso at an event in New York. These are professionals who lead, influence, and work hard to make sure that HR and recruiting get it right. They have important and visible roles where they are required to travel, speak to associations, and provide thought-leadership on key issues. They work long hours with executives and employees to ensure that their organizations are profitable and successful.

They work. They think. They influence.

It’s very rare to meet someone who has the magical ability to run a business and speak thoughtfully about the future of global employment, but those people do exist. I’m excited that my second career as an advisor & writer has exposed me to a world where HR people do more than just plan parties. Had I met some of these HR professionals earlier in my career, I might still be working in HR. Now that I know that these men and women exist, I think about going back to work in Corporate HR so I can learn from them and do better.

So what do you think about the quote? Most of you work for a living and earn money in a traditional way. Do influencers work for a living? Can workers influence the business landscape in both philosophical and strategic ways? What do you think?

Let me know!

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