My current role is ... Human resources manager
at HLB Mann Judd (Sydney office). We are a mid tier
Australasian Chartered Accounting firm.
I got into HR because ... I sold a property
management business and after that I found myself at
a career cross roads. When I analysed both my
qualities and skills I decided HR was an area which
would be best suited to be as a career. With so
much diversity, I can't imagine doing anything else
now. My prior business and legal experience really
helped me to pave my way into HR.
My biggest career high so far... I am satisfied
with all meaningful contributions my team makes at
the firm and on an individual level. Recently our team
was recognised as a finalist in the 2009 HR Leader
magazine awards for Innovation in Recruitment and
Retention. Our speed interview process for cadets
and graduates has proven a great success for our
firm. The energy in the room buzzes with enthusiasm
from candidates and interviewers. The most
rewarding experience for me is knowing that HR has
added real value to the business and the employees.
To succeed in HR it takes ... many qualities but
my top three are: strong business acumen, resilience
Living person I most admire is ... my 100 year
old Grandma. She is strong willed and selfless.
The thing I dislike most about myself ... I can be
too serious and tend to be a workaholic. A balanced
life is very important to me and I'm making headway.
The thing I dislike most in others ... is rudeness.
The best advice I ever got was ... (still thinking
- I tend to learn best from my mistakes)
I'm happiest when I ... enjoy what I do and can
break out of routine regularly. Life is good.
The hardest thing I've ever done was ...
setting up and operating my own business. There
was blood, sweat and tears. Fortunately it was worth
the effort when the business sold and the lessons
learnt along the way were priceless.
My greatest extravagance is ... Taking a seven
month career break to travel overseas.
My favourite book is ... How to Stop Worrying
and Start Living – Dale Carnegie
My motto is … “No pain no gain.” If it were easy
then everyone would do it.
More info on Leanne’s role
To expand her HR experience, Leanne recently attended the
Department of Defence's Exercise Boss Lift to the Solomon Islands.
Leanne spent time with one of HLB Mann Judd's employees, who is
also an Army Reservist, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Hanan, and learnt
about the contribution he and other Reservists are making to
Operation Anode. Op Anode is the Australian Defence Force's
contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon
Islands. Exercise Boss Lift is a program coordinated by Cadet, Reserve
and Employer Support Division and is designed to provide employers
first-hand experience of the skills Reservists develop during Defence
service and how this experience can help in the civilian workplace.