I have just started a new book, The Case for God by Karen Armstrong (full disclosure – one of my favorite authors!), and this morning I woke up with this phrase running through my head…The Case for HR…crazy what the brain does during the night.

Anyway, I am intrigued by the idea of The Case for HR, because I am not sure I (nor the broader HR community) could articulate The Case for HR in a powerful, convincing way that matters to organizations, to employees, and to HR professionals. I certainly have read a lot about HR during my career, I have pulled together proposals that I presented to senior leadership on why this/that as part of the broader HR organization, and I have attended many conferences/workshops to learn about the latest and greatest thinking about topics such as workforce planning, succession planning, leadership development, etc…we know this stuff because we talk a lot about HR these days. But underlying all the functions/initiatives of HR is The Case for HR. Let me state that I believe that this topic is hard and complex and our collective arguments for The Case of HR have, at times, seemed very underdeveloped even arbitrary despite the growing education levels of our profession and the acknowledgement by organizations that talent is one of the key ingredient for success in the 21st century.

So this blog is an invitation to everyone, whether you are a business leader, a student of the HR profession, an employee of an organization, currently unemployed, or an HR professional in any capacity to journey with me as we collectively examine, discuss, disagree/agree, and ultimately build The Case for HR. I believe that if we are willing to share our knowledge freely and then let our expertise go with the goal of learning, we will be able to collectively build The Case for HR.

Two requests; first, that all discussion is respectful and second, that each of us approach this topic with an openness that furthers this discussion.

I look forward to our conversation!