Alec Bashinsky, national partner for people and performance at professional services firm Deloitte spends five minutes with HC.
HC: How would you sum up HR professionals in three words?
AB: Business-focused, innovative and transformational.
HC: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
AB: Don’t panic about an issue, quick responses aren’t always the best so stop and think about it!
HC: What are some of the biggest challenges HR deals with?
AB: Business realignment and growth, leadership bench-strength, innovation & efficiency, engaging employees (vs employee engagement), talent analytics and corporate governance.
HC: How do you see the role of HR changing in the future?
AB: Far greater use of data, technology and talent analytics to support decision making, talent, skills and capability needs becoming more global, taking talent mobility and career development more seriously and redesigning and reskilling the HR function.
HC: What’s your favoured style of coffee?
HC: If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, and excluding family and friends, who would they be and why?
AB: Michael Jordan (because of drive to become better and his preparedness), Steve Jobs (delivered the world of mobile & digital into our hands) and Nelson Mandela (brought two cultures together to become one).
HC: Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t in HR, I’d be…
AB: Growing grapes and running a restaurant.