Could consulting make you a better HR leader?

by Sarah Megginson14 Oct 2014
Stepping away from your corporate career to launch your own HR consultancy could be the perfect way to reinvigorate your career.
 
What’s more, it may be “easier than what most HR professionals believe”, according to global entrepreneur and HR expert Landi Jac.
 
“True leadership is about sharing the sum total of your acquired skills, and establishing a sphere of influence that changes employers, industries and ultimately economies,” Jac said.
 
“Anyone who has a brand, an online presence and an audience has a business – they just don’t realise it yet.”
 
Offering your bespoke services as “an HR expert who ‘gets’ your field of study” may provide an opportunity to “gain a more enriched career”, Jac added.
 
It certainly worked for Sarah Rodgers, now general manager people and performance at Sydney Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports.
 
Rodgers set up her own consulting business, Sarah Rodgers Coaching, several years ago. Prior to that, she had worked for international organisations including KPMG, Citibank and IBM.
 
She said stepping out on her own taught her two key lessons that she continues to apply in her role at Sydney Airport.
 
“Consulting has helped my ability to understand and get to the heart of an issue, quickly,” Rodgers explained.
 
“I also now question whether I am happy with the return on the investment of a particular initiative – am I comfortable that it’s a good investment or good use of company funds? I always took my fiduciary responsibilities very seriously [and] that’s carried over to my HR role.”
 
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