After awhile I realized that in most industries the ‘HR’ part functions almost the same.
There are three types of people inside an organization to allow it to be sustainable.
The board, management, & the middle managers and the ‘fast track to management types.’ After interacting so much with this group, i realized that they have a specific vibe on them, but all of them are different. You can have an avid golfer, and a programmer. The sky’s the limit.
The second group, are the phds, the industry stars, the ‘keynes’ of economics, the John Lockes, the Peter Druckers, Michael Porters, and to be part of this section, you got to be extremely clever, you got to be graduating summa cum laude with a 4 gpa, and undoubtably within 5 years in they’ll be raking in 500k annual compensation easy. These are the geniuses, and if you are a genius you should know you are one. I am definitely not one.
Then theres this 3rd group of people that are employed by the industry, no one actually knows what the heck they are doing, half the people think that they are not even qualified. I call them the ‘retainers’, an asian corporation that wants to expand into california (10k miles away) is not going to have the ceo immediately pick his best executive director to fly over there and ‘establish a kingdom.’ That happens in the toyota lean tps era, 2 decades back.
Nowadays what they do is they hire specific individuals, to advise on the tasks. So for example if they want to get their coporate page to the first selection on google, the execs are not going to get the it department to do it.
They’ll outsource it to the 3rd group of people (Btw that’s known as white hat hacking.) They can be 17 years old, or 85 years young, you can never know. Its a wide array of people. Sometimes they dont have the qualifications but they have their act together, and they are always entrepreneurs or pioneers to a new industry, or some new mars travel program, etc. One thing they have in common is that they are hard workers. I thought i worked very hard, i have worked 16 hours a day non-stop for a month stretch, however these people went for a year or two, doing much more than i have done. They are a breed of their own.