This week's HR Management Institute Canada’s Speaker Spotlight features Amy Stern, Chief People & Culture Officer at Aldo Group, who will be one of the HR Leaders on a panel discussing “Strategies and Solutions to Meet the Challenges and Concerns of Today’s HR Leaders”.
We had the chance to catch up with Amy 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?
Personally, one of my biggest obstacles was coming to the realization that when there was a leadership change in one of my prior roles, I found that my career aspirations were misaligned with the new leader's vision. It was a big deal for me to come to terms with that reality and to have the conversation with my family that I felt I needed to make a change after a very short period of time in order to continue with my career growth and ambitions. At the time, it was very hard on my husband and children personally, however they were supportive and it yielded a great life lesson for my kids - if you find yourself in a situation that is not helping you grow it is important to own your destiny and make the decision yourself to seek out a different path - it may be hard in the short-term, however it is the right long-term decision.
What attributes or personal characteristics do you believe are integral to your role?
It is important to have a good balance of concern for each individual and their well being while also balancing what is the right business decision for the company. There are times when these two objectives can be at odds with each other. At these times, it is especially important to have a high degree of empathy and transparency in the way each situation is managed and ensuring that the organization's values are at the forefront in how we approach each challenge.
What advice would you give to the next generation of professionals aspiring to become an HR Leader?
From my personal experiences, I find that stretching yourself to take on new challenges where you have limited knowledge provides some of the deepest and most accelerated learning opportunities. My advice for someone rising in their career who has aspirations to become an executive is to embrace and raise their hand to accept new challenges - go intentionally outside of your comfort zone.
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