What You Wish You Knew For Your Global HR Career

Warren Heaps – Birches Group LLC

I spotted a question recently from one of my LinkedIn connections, Don Schepens, that I want to share with you.  Don is the head of the HR program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), and is also very involved in the human resources community there through the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

The question:

“For those of you who have been around for a while (seasoned?), and to help out my HR students, “What is the one thing you wish you would have known starting out?”

I thought this was a great question, and of course, provided an answer to Don.

My answer:

“Be a business person first, HR expert second.  Also, take time to assess a new situation by disabling your mouth and enabling your ears.  In other words, listen, A LOT, before speaking.”

So, what would your answer be?

Share it in the comments, so we all may benefit from our collective experiences!

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