Soul (def.) "The principle of life, feeling, thought and actions in people"You only have to spend a short period of time with people a team or in a company to gauge whether they have soul. It's that spark or energy when you meet them. Their level of commitment towards a common goal. Whether talent is allowed to flourish and perform at their highest levels. Where leaders foster an engaging environment, opinions are encouraged, ideas are acted upon and all members of the team feel valued for their contribution. Where you can see that people are genuinely proud to work for their company and give their discretionary effort. Where people know what their role is, what is expected of them and believe in their capability to achieve it. Where business challenges are not someone else's problem. Where the passion to compete to win dominates over the fear of playing it safe. We are not suggesting a utopian work environment. There is no such thing. However there is a big difference between those with soul, and those that do not. Soul also has another meaning for us from a Human Resources Department perspective. You see soul in HR professionals when they have a direct line of sight of their contribution to the business strategy. Where they are valued more for their business expertise than their HR expertise. When they are expected to bring thought leadership to the table. When they know they are making a difference in people's personal and professional lives. That is what soul looks like to us. We are sure you would agree. We believe HR professionals have an essential role to play in making this happen.
- Between being a business partner and employee champion.
- Between managing risk and thinking "outside the box".
- Between HR administration and measuring business impact.