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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.
Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.
Below are Articles and posts I have written over the years and published on Various media.
So you think you want a career in HR?
There are times when I am asked my opinion by young people who are trying to decide on a career if HR is a good option. Frequently, this question is followed by a statement explaining that they are really quiet and they feel HR would be their best bet.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In my experience there are about 9 crucial skills that HR professionals should possess. And trust me; none of them have anything to do with being a “quiet” person who just hides behind a desk trying to blend in with the office cubicle.
Needless to say, organizational skills are at the core of a successful HR professional. This involves not only organizing your own time but ensuring that others are following a system.
Flexible and Adaptable
On any given day, an HR professional could be handling a recruitment drive, a disciplinary issue and a wrongful termination situation. In short, they need to be able to think on their feet and have the ability to handle potentially volatile situations with tact.
There are many grey areas in HR. Even though there are policies and procedures, very often most incidents are not clearly black or white. The HR professional will need to be able to dig deeper for more clarity and have the aptitude to look at things from different perspectives.
When things are not clear-cut, the HR professional needs to have savvy negotiating skills to find solutions that work in the best interest of all concerned.
It is not easy being the conduit of information for the organization. The HR professional will need to be able to communicate difficult decisions and situations to both employees and management.
Discrete & Ethical
The HR professional has to be someone who possesses a strong character with an uncompromising view of what is ethical or not. They need to know when to remain silent and when to speak up.
It is not an easy role for the HR professional because they have the best interest of the organization at heart and they need to protect the rights of the employees as well. It is a difficult tight rope to walk and the HR professional will need to be impartial yet focused.
The astute HR professional will be adept at spotting potential conflict zones and possess the skills necessary to manage the conflict should it erupt and be skilled in helping the parties concerned come to an agreeable solution.
Things hardly remain the same in the business world. Businesses down-size, merge or in extreme cases even cease to operate. The HR professional has a crucial role to play as an agent of change in such an environment. They will need to be able to lead, to influence and to soothe.
As you can see, the consummate HR professional is one who is far from just being a quiet person. They are the anchor in troubled waters and the rudder that steers the organization in the right path.