Cloud Journey — Part 4

Cloud Journey Series:

  • Cloud Journey — Part 1. A basic introduction of cloud, applying PACE layering and The 6R’s.

People are not Resources. People are your greatest Asset.

Let’s pause for a moment and take a closer look at the abbreviation ‘HR’ — Human Resources. Would we really like to be called resources?

Resource. If you stop and think about it, it’s a terrible way to speak about people. A resource is something you take and use. Applied to people, it carries dismissive and devaluing undertones. “resource” says “you don’t matter to me”. That’s a toxic dynamic for any human endeavor. We should stop using Human Resources as division or job titles.

I’m forthright in my opinion of HR. It’s not that there isn’t important work to be done. There are even some good people. But when the very name “Human Resources” is an oxymoron, there’s got to be a more thoughtful way of designing the part of your organization that is intended to curate your most important asset. People are your greatest asset. You may have gathered I’m a big believer in people, but Jim Collins points out in his perennial classic Good to Great that one of the features of organizations that consistently outperform over the long haul is Disciplined People: “who” before “what”. Using a metaphor of getting the right people on the bus before heading to a destination:

In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline — first the people, right seat and then the direction

I have stopped using the term HR and I use “Talents & Culture” as a replacement of that

What does cloud mean for your “Talents & Culture”?

It might not be a technical decision to adopt a cloud why would it even involve or matter to your “Talents & Culture” division. But the deeper issues that underlie why companies choose to adopt and start cloud journey are very relevant to your talent & culture leadership.

SilkRoad survey has identified following five problems for “Talents & Culture” division leaders which is tightly close to your cloud adoption journey:

  • Recruiting — Every time a new employee fails, the cost to the employer is more than 150% of the candidate’s salary.

All these issues and challenges impact your cloud journey significantly, issues that might rise such as: dealing with interpersonal conflict, dealing with expressed or unexpressed negativity, issues with translating vision into actionable plan. All these issues are rooted in culture of your organization. For a successful cloud journey, organization needs to foster the culture of cooperation for a common goal that translates into empowerment, valuing & enabling failure, keeping high standards, visualizing the work and continuous improvement that delivers actionable results.

What culture enables or disables cloud journey?

An organization culture is the combination of the shared values (not always the one written on wall, sometimes the ones that really practices secretly from top executives), beliefs, past historical decisions, “Talents & Culture” division way of working, ways of performance management and norms. These matters shape the organizational culture. These are some cultural elements make cloud adoption challenging, these are some of the elements.

  • Cloud adoption involves DevSecOps, chaos engineering and many other new programming models and paradigms that enables to speed up development and more frequent deployment. This requires a culture of heavy cooperation while keeping autonomy.


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