6 Ways to Become a Strategic HR Leader and Achieve Your Initiatives

How to Make Yourself Attractive to Employers Even Without a University Degree

The following article is a guest post.

Strategic HR leaders have positive impacts on organizations- they have the needed skills required to achieve your organization’s goals. Every HR leader should regularly engage themselves on compulsory HR training periodically.

There are a wide range of HR consultancy agencies that trains HR professionals. Leverage on their services to grow your HR practice. HR professionals think strategically, and plan the activities of the business deliberately.

Below are six ways you can become a strategic HR leader.

1. Discover Patterns and Change Opportunities.

As someone aspiring to become a strategic HR leader, you need to learn how to anticipate more, but react in a gentle way.

Most of the major complaints from business leaders is that some of their HR leaders doesn’t know how to proactively develop improvements, standards or ideas for the organization. Instead they are more interested in reacting to people’s issues.

As an HR professional, your duty is multiple. You should network with others and learn about new ideas about what is happening in your profession. Always think of how you can improve on your responsibility. 

2. Match Jobs and People.

It is your leadership obligation to hire and retain the right talent in your organization. Find the right people whose strengths and skills match with the available job description. This is the only way you can produce superior performance.

During the selection process, hire people with potentials to take the business to the next level. Every poor performer along your way should be dealt with decisively. If you neglect to do that, observers or line managers will think you are too weak. So, it is necessary to manage your reputation very well.

3. Developing Goals with Purpose.

Developing goals with purpose entails doing the right things the right way. Back up your goals with strong purpose in mind. Know the purpose of your Human Resource team.

You need to be a creative thinker, whose thinking should be bigger and better than the walls in your office. In fact, we are living in a global and innovative age, so you need to think strategically. Your role as a strategic HR leader is to develop goals that will drive result.

4. Integrate your technology.

Internal Human Resource data is an asset you should use to achieve your organizational goals. Having access to some useful data like recruiting will provide you with insights and will enable you to drive useful business outcomes.

As an HR leader, you should discover relationships and analyze employee data in a strategic way. Such as learning, retention or performance and leadership.

5. Measure and report value.

As a strategic HR leader, it is important to demonstrate your contributions to the organization’s overall business success. You can gain stronger support from the executive arm of the organization with effective use of reporting, analytics and metrics. All these will enable you to achieve your strategic initiatives.

6. Articulate the people strategy.

Every HR leader should know how to articulate the people strategy. Talent and people priorities are very important in every organization. This includes, but not limited to enhancing or improving inclusion and diversity, developing new core capabilities, attracting and retaining the right talent and lots more.

Your job as an HR professional is to ensure that people and talent factors are perfectly addressed within the organizational strategy. Managers and business leaders always look for innovative talents.

HR leaders should make sure that right people execute those requirements without stress. As an HR person, you should have knowledge and useful analytics about the present opportunities, threats, talent strengths and weaknesses. All these will help you to make the right decision for the organization.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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