At Changeboard, we spend our days talking to senior HR professionals across the globe from all specialities and industry sectors. We learn about their successful initiatives, how they inspire their employees, and what they have done to earn their place at the boardroom table. Who better to offer advice than the very HR stars who have carved their own paths and climbed the ladder to the highest rung? Senior HR professionals from MWH Global, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Aviva, DHL Express, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Appleby, Royal Mail, Serco, and Pinsent Masons share their top tips for success. Plus, Josh Bayliss, CEO of Virgin Group offers his advice for HR professional who dream of being on the board.

1. Manage your time

Jeannie-EdwardsNobody will remember it was late, everyone will remember that it was wrong. I will not release data or a communication unless I am completely confident in its contents.” - Jeannie Edwards, director of human resources, Europe Africa, MWH Global

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2. Humanise your business

Ceri-Connolly“Truly understand your business and its aspirations and limitations. Helping employees to make an emotional connection with the sense of purpose of a business lends itself to higher levels of discretionary effort and performance. Speak in the language of your business and avoid technical HR jargon.” - Ceri-Anne Connolly, HR director, group functions, Aviva

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3. Be patient

GarethRussell“Be patient in the first five to 10 years. The range and repeated experience you gain will pay dividends later when others will expect you to know what to do in all instances and when the issues are not black and white.” - Gareth Russell, HR director, Appleby

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4. Be brave in your career

Jonathan-Bond“Be brave, not safe – take on roles where you will learn, even if you will struggle at first. Get experience outside HR and try to understand the commercial drivers of your organisation.” - Jonathan Bond, HR director, Pinsent Masons

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5. Use your personal brand:

Leigh-Lafever-Ayer“It’s important to understand how other people in your organisation view your expertise and skill sets. Don’t be afraid to shout about what you excel in and show how you are adding value, but also remember to lead by example and try to mentor others to develop their own skills.” - Leigh Lafever-Ayer, HR director, UK & Ireland, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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6. Plan your own success

Anu---DHL“The key to successfully advancing your career is to have a solid understanding of your own strengths and areas that you need to develop. Set clear goals; develop a strategy and action plan for achieving them. Surround yourself with a strong team and select people who are different from you. Be bold, don’t be afraid to innovate and think outside the box.” - Anu Daga, HR manager – UAE at DHL Express

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7. Be seen

Sangeeth-Ibrahim---image“Ensure Google brings up your name by the time someone types in the first few letters of it. Spend at least an hour a day on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter – you should be a regular and prominent face in your domain. Also, tap into resources such as StumbleUpon, YouTube and Pinterest.” - Sangeeth Ibrahim, assistant vice-president – head of training & development & head of the SIB Academy, Sharjah Islamic Bank

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8. Keep it simple

Sarah-Maddox“HR metrics tell you a lot about how the business is doing and how people are feeling. Keeping the data simple and easy to read and interpret is essential – there is no point issuing large complicated data that managers have to chisel down through to get the straight forward facts.” - Sarah Maddox, HR director, Royal Mail

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9. Work with people who care

Geoff-LloydARTICLE“If you can work for people you really admire and aspire to be like, people willing to invest time and who take a personal interest in you, you’ll go far. This mentoring characteristic is a trait of all truly great managers. As I look back over the years, it’s been a defining part of every job I’ve had. It’s also a priceless legacy those former colleagues passed on to me and one I take seriously in my current role.” - Geoff Lloyd, group HRD, Serco

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10. How to get on the board

Josh-Bayliss“Really focus on understanding the business, its strategy and culture, to offer an indispensable perspective. Constructively challenge and partner with the board to achieve balanced outcomes, taking people and business impacts into full consideration. Demonstrate the strategic value of the HR profession.” - Josh Bayliss, CEO, Virgin Group

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Written by Katie Richard, online content editor, Changeboard

Katie Richard, online content editor, Changeboard

Online content editor for Changeboard; Canadian in London; lover of books, magazines & design.

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2 Responses to “Top 10 career tips from HRDs around the world”

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  2. Dana says:

    Amazing! this will help people who wants to have a great career in life. Thank you for sharing. It also motivates me.