One of my favourite movies is Bull Durham. There are so many lines that have become legendary; I could spend a whole day quoting them.
In one scene, Nuke, the pitcher, wants to throw fast balls and not a mixture of pitches. He tells Crash, the catcher, I want to “announce my presence with authority!”.
Well we all know how that strategy played out. The batter got a free steak.
You need a curve ball.
I live and work in a country where in an HR association context, SHRM is a minor player. Yes, from time-to-time I meet fellow SHRM members, but SHRM doesn’t seem to have much of a presence. I find this so interesting, given that:
- SHRM is an international association.
- SHRM has a development strategy that includes continued expansion.
- Toronto is home to so many U.S.-based corporations in which you need to understand international business culture.
- There is an appetite for something different.
My advice to SHRM: come to Canada; I mean really, come to Canada. Announce your presence with authority. Use your fast ball. And, change it up. Throw a deuce. Add a new dynamic to our industry. Find your niche in the international space.
The timing is perfect.
After all, “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake.”
I totally agree. I personally hold two HR certifications from SHRM and unfortunately people in Toronto are not familiar with it. It was a surprise to me because in most other countries, it’s very well-known.