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15 – 30% mastery is failure – resulting in negative results

In my HR career I have found many HR Managers/Directors are proficient in 1 maybe 2 of the 7 elements of Human Capital Management – 15-30%. Many times they have little knowledge of the other 5 or 6 elements. How does this happen?

Most people in HR begin their careers at larger companies. They are put into one of the departments – Employee Benefits, Employee Relations, Recruiting Training and Development among others. They work in that department for five years or so - getting “experience”. They decide that they are ready to become a HR Manager.

This usually means that they go to work for a much smaller company – who is looking for someone with expertise in that area. The problems arrive quickly as they are now in charge of all 7 aspects of HR. Many times they discover that the area that management thought was the biggest problem is not. They learn that there are two other areas that are much bigger problems and they have little to no experience in those areas.  

They are hopelessly lost outside of their narrow band of knowledge and experience. They put forth their best efforts and complete some remedial training through conferences and seminars. There may be an area they are uniquely suited and therefore succeed. However, they spend all their time focusing on the “fire of the day”. They cannot even begin to think strategically as they have little to no exposure to it and they can’t let go of the fire hose.

People Profits invites the CEO and HR person to complete our FREE ASSESSMENT. It will be instructive to see the difference in the result for the CEO and HR. In most cases, too much time, $$$ and effort is being spent in the area the HR person feels comfortable. The other areas are neglected, not achieving goals and spending too much $$$.


The above radar graph is typical. The green area is what they perform well. The white area is lots of wasted $$$! 

People Profits mission is to elevate your HR department to where you need them to be. The strategic driver of your greatest asset!! We do this by building a comprehensive Human Capital Strategy and Plan including all 7 elements of HR with no conflicts and focused on business and financial principles.      

Clark Ingram, MBA, SPHR, CEBS, CPCU is the principal of People Profits which is a financially oriented Human Capital Strategy and Planning firm located in the OKC metro area. ©2015 People Profits, LLC