Learning from your neighbors
At the recent NASPE Conf in Nashville, I witnessed the kind of best practice sharing that can only really happen in the Public Sector. Private Sector companies are so fiercely competitive that they miss out on learning from each other. But in Public Sector, in this case State Government, they just have to turn to their neighboring state and say “here’s how we do it”. NASPE (National Association of State Personnel Executives) is an organization dedicated to State Government Human Resource leaders who come together so they don’t have to go at new initiatives alone. They acquire knowledge from each other, because who really wants to reinvent the wheel? I’ll share some examples:
- Succession Planning – Trish Holliday, Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Commissioner, State of Tennessee, walked the NASPE audience through the strategy Tennessee is implementing to make it through the “silver tsunami”. Read her article, Success(ion) Planning: The Learning Community Circle of Life in HR Professionals Magazine.
- Onboarding – Jim Honchar, Deputy Secretary of Human Resources and Management, Governors Office of Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recently shared the states’ move to creating a more simplified process for new hires. Read Governing Magazine’s article, How Pennsylvania Is Helping New Hires Get to Work Faster for the a detailed description.
All you have do is look at the agenda to know this is the kind of meeting that makes you want to go back to the office and implement change. Oh, and did I mention it’s a small, intimate group so everyone has an opportunity to get to know each other. It’s inspiring to hear how Human Resources sees their department as leaders in transformation. They know the impact they have on the employees in turn has a direct impact on citizens within their state. More importantly, though, they learn from their neighbors’ triumphs and mistakes.