Cris Wildermuth
In this "flash learning" segment I ask my colleagues if HR "speaks up" enough.  Are we willing to honestly and courageously challenge the status quo? And, on a related topic: Do we honor and value our specialty enough to advocate for critical HR initiatives? Watch the brief video below.

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Jeremy Lucabaugh Jeremy Lucabaugh, PhD
My favorite line from Dr. Wildermuth in this video is, “HR has to be willing to speak the truth to…power.” So true. So many implications in that. Very well said.

I've seen both sides, from those who are afraid to say anything at all in fear of being politically blacklisted or immediately fired, to the company culture that encourages and thrives on honesty and truth seeking to enhance the work environment and processes.

Those desperately afraid in their organizations are feeling helpless and can benefit from communication skills and confidence, support and advocates, and new job outlets to remove themselves from a near impossible toxic relationship that is reminiscent of an abusive relationship with a partner.

It seems like it's up to all of us, individually as professionals, to start the momentum of honest challenge in the organization. The big question “How?” is by far an easy question to answer, with so many other factors involved that are much bigger than a single organizational relationship. Answering this question can empower those in need, thus turning them into the “courage coaches” and advocates needed to gain the momentum for HR to consistently be willing to speak the truth to colleagues, power, etc.

I’d love to hear others’ examples and practices (individual and group) that show courage and begin to shift the organization’s culture to one where constructively and courageously speaking the truth is simply a social norm.
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