Lots of research has been conducted through the years about the best way to spot children with potential. Whether the area of focus is art, music, athletics or just raw academic talent, everyone's evaluating children to find the special talent/savant. Or the kid that can just plain rock it.
Because that would be one of the most BORING topics known to humanity - that's why...
Here's how the conversation would go.
Parent #1 - Johnny really seems to have taken to the violin. We took him down to the performing arts school and he'll be attending a special class in the fall.
Parent #2 - You know, that's funny you say that. We just had Ricky tested, and as it turns out, he's slated to become a world-class HR Director. He's serving as a HR Representative for the local non-profit's benefits plan while he wraps up Junior High.
Parent #3 - [Says nothing, walks away slowly].
See what I mean? It just doesn't fit. It seems a little desperate as a follow up to the next great pianist or Jeter.
But that doesn't mean you should be thinking about the raw traits that best typify a world class HR Director/HR Manager. To get your creative juices flowing, I'm starting a series called the "HR Director DNA Map", where we'll talk about the skills most necessary, and when present, most likely to result in a successful HR Director in the brave new world in which we live.
How many strands are there to a DNA double helix? 22? 23? I guess I've got time to figure that out. Hope I can come up with that many.