Remember Laugh In? The comedy show from the late 60s/early 70s.
Lily Tomlin played a sketch character named Ernestine. Ernestine was a telephone operator who always asked, “Is this the party to who I am speaking?” Well is HR calling to you? Speaking to you?
OED defines calling as: A strong urge towards a particular way of life or career; a vocation:
In this case, calling would speak to act of service to others. In this sense, service speaks to core values. For me, these started with the Boy Scout oath element ‘to do my duty’, which smoothly segues into the Air Force core value of Service Before Self. So yes, I have answered the call.
How well is that call answered? HR is typically divided into two complementary themes. Those that can/will do HR v Those who have committed to Being HR. From this perspective, the calling requires a commitment to the profession. Being HR includes things like getting G/S/PHR certified, then maintaining that certification & volunteering for roles in the HR professional community. The greater good calls.
A closing session to the 2014 Maine HR Convention focused on the HR Calling question. The session outline followed these main points:
* My Story
* Stories From The Field
* Doing Business With a Higher Purpose
* Your Stories
Stories define us best when they are grounded in heartfelt authenticity ^ free from creative drama. The best stories are difficult to tell as they conflict with personal humility.
To get there, answer these three questions on a Daily/Weekly basis:
* Am I bringing the best version of my self to my work?
* What qualities did I use today/this week?
* What qualities will I need tomorrow/next week?
The qualities that I strive for are exemplified by the Boy Scout Laws. A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean & Reverent.
One ring-a-dingy, two Ring a Dingy. Answer the call if it is right for you.