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    « A Student's Point-of-View | Main | Dennis Williams »

    February 03, 2010


    Caroline Bender

    I have felt this pain, working with HR Directors and execs who gossip, violate confidentiality, show favoritism, skirt the rules... Then I remember I have worked with lots of Directors and execs in other departments who do as well. And have worked with many more business leaders who do not.

    I think there are 2 things at work here: holding HR to a higher standard, and holding one's boss to a higher standard. We want leadership, especially when we are new professionals, trying to find our way. We may even feel that their unprofessional behavior reflects back on us as part of their team. As you say, how do they get away with what we can not?

    Better to ask how you can rise above it. Managers are teaching even when they are behaving badly. You are not confused by what is the right way to be. Find your satisfaction in modelling your own behavior for HR, and by raising the bar your Manager has set so low. Oh, she won't like it. But what matters here is that you get your career off on the right foot. Take a look at our article on Manager conflict

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