Speaker Spotlight: Sandy Scholes, EVP, HR, Entertainment One

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This week's HR Management Institute Canada’s Speaker Spotlight features Sandy Scholes, EVP, HR at Entertainment One, who will be leading a session on “Leveraging Compensation as a Strategic Tool to Achieve Transformation”.

We had the chance to catch up with Sandy this week to ask her a few questions about her role, her career and her advice for aspiring HR Leaders.  This is what she shared with us:

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced along your career path?   

I don’t know if I would call then obstacles, maybe ‘challenges’ is a better word.  One of the biggest challenges has been the ability to balance my work demands with my ‘Mom’ obligations while trying to keep health and fitness a top priority for me and my family! The second challenge has been trying to build relationships and partnerships within an organization that may not be used to having HR at the ‘table’.

What attributes or personal characteristics do you believe are integral to your role?

The most important characteristic is having a focus on the business.  It’s important to always have the business top of mind when making recommendations which will impact the enterprise.  Other key attributes which are critical is honesty and transparency, drive and being a great listener. I really believe HR has to hear those things that others don’t hear or pay attention to but are important.

What advice would you give to the next generation of professionals aspiring to become an HR Leader?  

Spend a lot of time getting to know the business and build relationships with your commercial side of the organization. Try and participate in strategy and/or customer meetings and always keep that knowledge in mind when making HR recommendations.

Everything HR does should be simple and practical.  I had a great boss once tell me that ‘If an HR solution can’t be learned within 5 minutes by a Manager then it’s not practical.  

Last piece of advice, identify 2-3 people who have different roles, perspectives, and have a strong influence across your organization and share ideas and solutions with them to get their feedback.  It’s very rich feedback and helps you come up with solutions that are more customer-centric and appropriate.

Join the discussion and walk away with some actionable insights from the HR Management Institute, November 5th – 7th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Muskoka, ON

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