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About Talent Vanguard

van·guard [van-gahrd] noun  1. the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.   2. the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.

So, this is the part where I’m supposed to convince you that I know what I’m talking about… The thing is, the more I learn and experience, the more I become aware of how little I (and we, really) know for certain about humans and work. So instead, let me tell you what interests me:

  • Organizations as social systems
  • Culture as an adaptive mechanism
  • The gap between knowing and doing (intention vs action) as a critical constraint on engagement
  • The tension between needing structure/process (to deliver consistency) and needing to be equipped to react to unique and complex conditions
  • How organizations and individuals can cope and thrive in the face of complexity and information overload

Saying that work is changing rings a bit hollow; it’s always changing. Yet it’s true that we are grappling with new, exciting, and sometimes scary shifts in the economy, our society, and technology, and that these are having a significant and complicated impact on how we work together. It’s a fascinating time to work in Human Resources.

Some Important Disclaimers:

  • The opinions shared here are my own personal opinions. They don’t always align with the views of my employer or the organizations I am part of.
  • I change my mind regularly when I encounter new information or experiences that cause me to reevaluate my viewpoints. So, sometimes I disagree with past posts I’ve written.
  • The best ideas are those that withstand dissection, rigorous debate, and educated disagreement. Sometimes I argue a point to decide if I agree with it or not. So don’t take things too seriously, and feel free to (respectfully) disagree with me.
  • I don’t promote ideas, sites, people, or books on this blog at the request of others.

About Me

I’m Jane Watson, a senior HR practitioner based in Toronto. My HR career has taken me into a variety of industries over the last 13 years, including financial services, technology, the public sector, design, hospitality, non-profit, and manufacturing.

I have a degree in Anthropology, and certification/designations in Human Resources Management.

Connect with me

Twitter: @JsarahwatsHR

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Jane – I saw this on LinkedIn front page and thought of you, given your background and interest in anthropology…

    March 15, 2013
  2. Dan #

    And!!! You should have mentioned, without being too specific maybe, that you have lived overseas! Wonderful to connect a bit with your Mom recently. Great hearing of your successes!!!

    August 8, 2013
  3. Jane, I don’t get to all of your posts, but I always enjoy your candid and fresh approach when I do. Of course, it helps that I generally agree with you. Too often discussions about culture fail to consider basic functional and process impediments to people making the contributions they would dearly love to make. I also find value in helping people see when people are wrapping themselves in the culture flag as a way to avoid tough choices or excuse simple bad behavior.

    July 17, 2017

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