Lessons we could all learn from new stars

This
week Personnel Today puts 21 rising stars of HR under the spotlight. With help
from the profession, we have picked the new breed of HR – the people to watch.

These
21 dynamic men and women are among the brightest and the best of their generation
in 21st century businesses. They are the fresh faces of the changing nature of
HR in the Internet age, the high-flyers who are carrying out the strategic HR
that everyone is talking about but struggling to achieve.

So
what qualities do you need to emulate them? What have they got that you must
have if you want to climb to the top of the HR career ladder? Excellent
communication skills, Web savvy, vision and influence where it matters most,
combined with the core HR skills, are the answers. It also helps that many work
in fast-moving high-tech environments or in the new economy.

They
have the skills that are needed in the brave new e-HR world – reflected in the
round table debate that we feature on p26. Personnel Today chaired the
discussion which asked the question, "Is the Web a friend or enemy to
HR?"

A
younger generation of technologically-minded HR professionals joined more
seasoned practitioners to debate whether the impact of the Internet will be
positive or negative. Many of the themes that emerged showed what these new
pioneers of e-HR will have to tackle. For example, how effective is the Web at
training and development? It makes compulsive reading.

The
debate concluded that HR was up to the challenge of the Internet. The panel was
unanimous in the view that the Web is HR’s friend.

The
Internet is changing the world and the very essence of the HR profession and
there is no going back. This week Personnel Today puts 21 rising stars of HR
under the spotlight. With help from the profession, we have picked the new
breed of HR – the people to watch (Features, p21).

These
21 dynamic men and women are among the brightest and the best of their
generation in 21st century businesses. They are the fresh faces of the changing
nature of HR in the Internet age, the high-flyers who are carrying out the
strategic HR that everyone is talking about but struggling to achieve.

So
what qualities do you need to emulate them? What have they got that you must
have if you want to climb to the top of the HR career ladder? Excellent
communication skills, Web savvy, vision and influence where it matters most,
combined with the core HR skills, are the answers. It also helps that many work
in fast-moving high-tech environments or in the new economy.

They
have the skills that are needed in the brave new e-HR world – reflected in the
round table debate that we feature on p26. Personnel Today chaired the
discussion which asked the question, "Is the Web a friend or enemy to
HR?"

A
younger generation of technologically-minded HR professionals joined more
seasoned practitioners to debate whether the impact of the Internet will be
positive or negative. Many of the themes that emerged showed what these new
pioneers of e-HR will have to tackle. For example, how effective is the Web at
training and development? It makes compulsive reading.

The
debate concluded that HR was up to the challenge of the Internet. The panel was
unanimous in the view that the Web is HR’s friend.

The
Internet is changing the world and the very essence of the HR profession and
there is no going back.

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