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#HRMixTape2019: Spirit and Heart Edition

Last year I had so much fun with the #HRMixTape challenge and have been thinking of the much-anticipated sequel to my post from #HRMixTape2018. Mark Hendy, a fellow HR guru/blogger, is the creator of this #HRMixTape phenomenon, and I am excited he’s bringing it back for 2019! Let’s recap, what is this #HRMixTape2019? It’s a mix tape with content that is #HR centric and connects to five pieces of music.

Bon Jovi – Walls

These walls
Are the mountains that we climb
These walls
Are the great divide
Brick by brick
Gonna watch them fall
Build more bridges
Tear down walls

I love a good Bon Jovi song, and anyone who knows me well, knows Bon Jovi is my favorite band! “Walls” is from their 2016 album, This House Is Not for Sale. While it speaks to the current dynamics of our political climate, it has a greater meaning to how I see HR. For over a decade, I’ve been partnering with organizations, helping them connect people to business strategy. As the workforce continues to change, I believe HR will play a significant role in creating a world-class employee experience that closes the gap between employee performance and business needs.

Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons

Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

If I’m being honest, working with people is hard. With that said, HR and drama have a sort of love-hate relationship. Because on any given day you might find yourself navigating through an employee conflict, or working with an employee who is facing a disappointing feeling from a performance appraisal, or maybe a misunderstanding that leads to a threat, or an unfortunate disaster that an employee encountered before coming to work. For HR professionals, these situations can express the worst side of humanity, and yet they are sometimes the best. Why? Because it is the adrenaline that soars through our veins, as we move to put one fire out, while running to the next.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Learning to Fly

I’m learning to fly
(I’m learning to fly)
Around the clouds
But what goes up
(I’m learning to fly)
Must come down

If there is one thing I learned while working in HR, it’s that you keep learning to fly. No one day is ever the same. After all, HR is full of gray areas to navigate around. You quickly learn the importance of what it means to be consistent – especially when it comes to your communication style. Make time to find your tribe, build your network, and share your expertise.

Lauren Daigle – Trust in You

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You

HR professionals are the trusted advisors to the organizations they serve. Which is why I believe trust is the most valuable skill you will need in HR. There will be times when trust will test you, but always let it guide you. Because you can’t always change what’s going to happen, but you can trust that in the end, it will be ok.

Various Artists – Everyday People (produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Turnaround Arts)

Oh sha sha we got to live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in

I am everyday people, yeah yeah

I love a song that brings us all together. Because we are better together! “Everyday People” was originally put together by Sly and the Family Stone, and is from their 1968 album, Stand. The song’s meaning is a call for peace and equality between differing races and social groups. Over the years, many musical artists have created a version of the song, and if you’re in HR, you probably know Steve Browne’s Everyday People Blog. Steve’s message in his blog (and when you see him speaking at an event) is infectious, just like the song! When I hear of Everyday People, it makes me think of HR, and how we are working together to move our organizations forward. HR is at the center of every organization helping them achieve excellence through everyday people.

“As an HR professional, you just can’t be a manager advocate, shareholder advocate or company advocate to the detriment of the employee. The employee is the spirit and soul of the company.” — Susan J. Schmitt, Senior Vice President of HR, Rockwell Automation

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