Dear Friends of HR Partners,
I have a confession to make: I have never made a New Year’s resolution. My rationale is simple: Why make a resolution when it may get derailed by an unexpected life event?
It’s just like when I enjoy an appetizer and aperitif before I consider my main course at a restaurant. That first course might change my palate for the entrée…who knows? Or when I travel, the weather or mechanical problems can force trip detours, so I rarely make an itinerary.
Change – of my palate, of the weather, of plans, of mind or heart – is something I expect and embrace. Changes of plans, in my mind, are golden opportunities. By leaving myself open to the unexpected and being open to changing direction, I have formed a dynamic relationship with change. I do not
fear it – I trust it. I do not avoid it – I seek it out. I do not reject it – Iembrace it.
In the workplace, it can be said that change is the only constant, and in the field of human resources managing change is par for the course. HR Partners is often called when clients want to intentionally make meaningful change or thoughtfully respond to unexpected ones.
What is not par for the course, though, is easy acceptance of that change, even from those desiring it. Change is a challenging endeavor for even the most formidable among us, and how could it not be? Change is often synonymous with loss, grief, discomfort, and unfamiliarity.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Change can be the start of something wondrous and new. With some time and plenty of patience, change can signal new relationships, exciting plans, growth, or dramatic transformation.
As 2019 comes to a close, I know I’m not alone in planning and strategizing for 2020. I hope you will leave your plans just loose enough to catch an errant breeze of change and see where that change carries you. When you arrive there, I hope you will be a friendly and open-minded visitor. If things go sideways, I hope you will allow failure to mark only that adventure and quickly find another one to embark upon. On your journey, I hope you will bring others with you and serve as their fearless leader through the muddy waters of change.
Lastly, if you are reading this, whether you are a client, supporter, peer, colleague, or friend, I want to thank you. In every interaction with you, I’ve learned, I’ve grown, and I’ve been inspired to continue pursuing change. I am incredibly grateful for these gifts you have given me.
On behalf of everyone at Human Resource Partners, I wish you a very happy, healthy, and adventurous new year and a decade full of embracing change.
Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, SHRM-SCP
Chief Executive Officer, Human Resource Partners