I had the privilege of closing a learning session for one of the biggest HR groups in the Philippines last April 8 and I took it as an opportunity to talk about Leadership as an important HR skill. I had very little time to talk about it so I decided to write this article.
One of the speakers talked about HR people being in the same situation as a “bibingka” (rice cake) because we take the heat from the top and from below. This is because we receive complaints from top management and from the employees. People don’t seem to appreciate what we do. That’s probably why many say that HR is a thankless job.
During my speech I asked the participants if they wish not to be bibingka anymore. They said yes. I told them to ask me how and they did. Here’s what I said and the rest of what I want to say about the matter. If you want to stop being a bibingka, there’s a few things that you need to do: