A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied: "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are 51º21,32.87 degrees north latitude and 0º21,32.87 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an IT specialist," said the balloonist.

" I am," replied the woman. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help so far."

The woman below responded: "You must be in HR."

"I am, "replied the balloonist. "But how did you know?"

"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."

I am glad I am not one of them, because
I am not into "hot air" or "balloons"
I know where I am; I know where I am going; and I know where I want to be.
I make promises, that only I can keep; I help people to solve the problems "their way"
I am the result of my doing; many have come and gone in that process.. they were just transit passengers at the stopover of my journey... and since I am a rolling stone.. I do not gather moss.... every rough and tumble makes me only smooth.. smoother... smoothest.

I am what I am ... Like me for what I am.. please do not hate me for what I am not.:)
29th March 2009 From Saudi Arabia , Riyadh
this is a good one, i heard before, but not only HR people are clueless about their whereabouts, it is everyone in the world. so stopped making HR the scapegoat of the world. thanks again.
6th April 2009 From Mauritius , Port Louis
Dear!
Nice management (HR) joke. May be it is not a joke but many Managers experience one time or the other( Where I am and how to reach my goal) Good analysis by IT lady. Is IT far more analytical then the HR?
6th April 2009 From India , Hyderabad
The name of the game is defining HR analytics and partner with IT for data gather and packaging such data for meaningful analysis.

Gone are the days when HR Stats used to be just numbers that "fatten" reports. It is no more a historical data.. it should include past performance, present position and future prospects.

Otherwise, it is just another number crunching exercise.

Anyone who boasts that he/she has the best HR Manager from day one is talking crap. At one state of our lives as HR Managers, we have been "in the baloon"

Those who recognizes that "I am in the balloon" alone, finds the way to steer it to the destination... those who don't find the way to steer seem lost even when they heading towards the destination... and when they look down all they see is confusion and thank their stars thinking... "Thank God I am not there"

The trick of the trade is to know how to get out of the baloon unhurt. This is a natural transition when one realizes he/she is in the baloon.

More proactive HR Managers will be ready to face a problem, before it occurs - you want to call it Risk Management in HR or whatever.

Many cases in my work - we define Risks (all that we can forsee) and built in elements that mitigage those resks - not eliminate.. but minimise.

The Human Capital is the most difficult asset can manage. It is the only asset that goes home to sleep and wake up the next as a new asset.
8th April 2009 From Saudi Arabia , Riyadh
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