Today, I literally saw the blind leading the blind.
I was taking some time to "smell the roses" listening to some chilled out music while I thought over my presentation for the HRINZ special interest group - truly at that moment all was right in the world.
I had just hit the sweet spot in my journey (you know the moment where the music you are listening to almost becomes the sound track to your life, and the things that seem like everyday drudgery around you become almost orchestrated and fantastical) when I saw the most inspirational sight. There was a visually impaired women with a guide dog, with the hand of a visually impaired man placed gently upon her shoulder, walking down the street.
It really got me thinking about how this may not have been a possibility even 50 years ago - I mean really, the old saying came from somewhere right?
So, how was it possible now? The answer was pretty simple, it was not really the blind leading the blind, rather the guide dog leading the blind (plural).
Of course, given that I was in the how can we do things better head space, I drew the analogy that, give the person the right tool, and you can get some pretty spectacular results that can challenge assumptions and inherent biases.
Not a "tea and tissue" HR person, I actually believe that HR can provide strategic advice of value to an organisation. Not only do I believe HR can, but I actively work to do so.