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Diary of a misfit: for hire – one creative/HR director hybrid 23/08/2012
I am a misfit, the result of a three-year HR experiment gone badly wrong. Either that or I am the future, a ground-breaking trailblazer to lead HR into a new era. I’m not sure which – and this is why I need your help.
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From publishing to HR
You see, after more than a decade as a commercial creative director for a leading UK publisher (and, yes, I wore a trilby and supported a drinks cabinet long before Don Draper came to the screen), one day – almost by accident – I crossed the line and found myself in the world of HR.
I said goodbye to shooting video shorts in the south of France and hello to staff engagement surveys.
The swimwear shoots in LA were replaced by standards of business conduct training, and the daily creative brainstorming sessions with clients, ad agencies, creatives and editors were swapped for a daily round of coaching, grievances, disciplinaries, restructures and wildly differing employee relations issues.
I kept the hat and hid the drinks cabinet.
When I accepted the role of HR operations director in late 2009, my excitement was matched in equal measure by the incredulity of my friends and colleagues. ‘WTF?’ became a regular Facebook refrain from friends. I took it as a golden opportunity and an inspired risk by the board.
A novel approach
Too much of a maverick
Embracing both sides
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