OK - this post is half serious, half just because I wanted to re-broadcast the following quotes from the Charlie Sheen interview with ABC News:
“It’s been a tsunami of media and I’ve been riding it on a mercury surfboard.”
“The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning.”
“I’m tired of pretending I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.”
“People can’t figure me out, they can’t process me, I don’t expect them to. You can’t process me with the normal brain.”
“I’m an F-18, bro, and I will destroy you in the air and deploy my ordnance to the ground.”
Now for the serious part. Charlie Sheen is crazy. You and I both know that. However, the shock and awe nature and quotability of these and other comments provide something for the rock star HR pro to ponder. Consider if you revamped a few of these statements as follows:
“It’s been a tsunami of poor performance and I’ve been riding it on a mercury surfboard.” (You're helping managers deal with poor performers)
“I’m tired of pretending you're not special. I’m tired of pretending you're not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.” (You're giving tough love to a HiPo who's not living up to their promise)
"The only thing I'm addicted to right now is results" (You're incredibly focused on the business. Everything else is #2, including process, administration and forms)
“He's an F-18, bro, and he will destroy you in the air and deploy his ordnance to the ground.” (You're coaching someone on the wisdom of taking on someone with a lot of power in your organization)
Get the vibe? You can learn something from everything and everyone. Charlie Sheen is a quote machine. You can learn from him in that regard.
Be a quote machine as an HR pro. Be memorable and quotable to those around you as you help them navigate the tricky terrain that is talent, performance and human nature inside a business. Being quotable is part of marketing, part of getting stuff done when you talk to people.
Just be sure to remove all the drug references. Those tend to kill your credibility.