Why does HR need to start thinking long-term?

by | Apr 11, 2024

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Why does HR need to start thinking long-term?

In the latest episode Chris introduces co-host, Debbie Mitchell, and guest Graham Norris, an Organisational Psychologist and Speaker. The focus of this episode is on HR professionals’ abilities to think strategically and long-term. The summary delves into various aptitudes necessary for navigating future HR challenges

The conversation delves into Graham’s model of eight aptitudes for future thinking which are the following:

  • Curiosity
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Strategic foresight
  • Systems thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Resilience

These aptitudes are crucial for navigating uncertainty and driving innovation within organisations. Graham highlights the importance of strategic and future thinking in decision-making, highlighting the need to anticipate and prepare for the future rather than merely reacting to it.

Debbie discusses the relevance of these aptitudes in the HR space while acknowledging the challenges of long-term thinking. It becomes increasingly challenging to plan further into the future, as unforeseeable events and variables can disrupt even the best-laid plans. This is not helped by our psychological bias to focus on short-term solutions.

The discussion extends to the role of strategic planning functions and leadership teams in fostering future thinking within organisations. Away days and collaborative efforts across different functions are seen as opportunities to challenge conventional thinking and explore alternative futures.

HR professionals need to confidently engage in strategic conversations about the future, thereby positioning themselves as drivers of change and innovation within their organisations. Listen now to learn how to cultivate a mindset that embraces uncertainty and anticipates change.


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