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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lean In: How to Do It All - Hire Recruit, Retain & Train

By Jessica Miller-Merrell

Having met with HR and recruiting leaders at an organization last week discussing how technology particularly social media is important in the future success in their roles at their organizations and in the war for talent, the inevitable question surfaced, “How do I keep up with the latest technology and find time to do it all especially when I’m a 12 person team managing the HR of a global brand?”

All I could think of was, “Lean In.”

No one said taking your HR team to the next level at your organization was easy. There will be roadblocks, wrong ways and barriers to your success along the way. In fact, your business leaders probably think you don’t have the gumption to actually do it. Get in there. Research and formulate a plan. Then, Lean In.

Being transformational at an organization is not easy but it can be done. Lean In with me and learn how to be successful in your endeavors:

Research. This is one of the most critical stages with any project. Understand your goals, reasons for doing whatever you’re doing, competitors, etc. is extremely vital in being successful.

Have support. Just like your own cheer team when it comes to building a network of muses, etc it’s important to have support for your organization. Without it you won’t have the appropriate resources to deliver results. Support also helps you fine-tune your product or service. Two heads are better than one…always.

Build a team. Focus on what types of people you want and need to be successful. Don’t always go the traditional route because sometimes the best results are yield taking an alternative approach. For instance, in marketing hiring a sociology major works well because they understand behaviors and people.

Be metrics focused. This is one of the most important points because without being able to prove ROI your department will fail and your supervisors won’t be able to funnel important resources that help make you successful.

Build a network of muses, mentors and supporters. One of the most vital pieces of my success comes from my network of muses, mentors, and supporters. Everyone needs their own cheer team and without it, it’ll be hard to stay focused and motivated.

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR is a workplace and technology strategist specializing in social media. She’s an author who writes at Blogging4Jobs. You can follow her on Twitter @blogging4jobs

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