I haven’t really felt like writing this week.
…This pretty much never happens; even when it isn’t interesting (or useful) I more or less always have something to say.
I wrote anyway.
It’s become a sort of habit for me now. I typically start my morning thinking (and then writing) about something HR related, and until I go through my process things don’t really feel “settled” with me. Something is off.
I can point to exactly three net positives that have come from writing every day regardless of my mood/interest/energy level:
1. I’m an early riser now.
I’m up at 5 am every day… I used to struggle to be up by 7:30. What drives me to be up so early is that wear as I used to only need shower and stumble to the car 15-20 minutes before work, now I have to check my RSS feed for interesting HR info, read a few articles, write and take a shower. By the time I get to work I’m incredibly sharp.
2. My HR knowledge has increased more in the last 6-8 months than it did in the preceding 2 years.
This is because to keep writing about HR I have to keep learning. I learn from reading, learning from doing, and learn from networking/having conversations with people across the functional space that I’d never have even known about otherwise.
3. I push through more in all aspect of life.
When something is huge in complexity and/or scope it isn’t so daunting anymore. I’m in a perpetual mental state of “this is what needs to be done today, do it.” It’s how I start every morning, and it carries over into the rest of the day.
I *think* all of the above changes boil down to “discipline”.
…Let’s bring this back to HR:
I used to ask job candidates various questions designed to screen for results orientation/work ethic/”insert positive trait here” etc. but unless I intimately understood the role I was screening for I didn’t really know what I was listening for in those behavioral question responses.
Now I do, though: I’m listening for a theme. Consistency. Maybe not discipline per se, but reliability.
…Universities screen for applicants that have a hook (plays the trombone, athlete, wrote a novel etc.). Executives talk about having passion as being integral to success.
…I think all of it boils down to screening for people that have a habit of performing (even when you aren’t in the mood). Hobbies (or passions) sustained across time reflect that.
…Or maybe I have this wrong.
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