I haven't been to the new Steve Jobs movie yet. Mrs. Capitalist is chronically uninterested and while my oldest would like the story, at 15 going to the movies with dad isn't on his priority list.
The new Steve Jobs movie has struggled a bit at the box office. Still, there's a lot to like. Aaron Sorkin has a style about him. Michael Fassbender is one of the most underrated actors of our time. Seth Rogen plays the Woz. Lots to like.
But all I got was the HBO sneak peak. And it was there I uncovered this nugget of wisdom from the annuals of Steve Jobs, one I hadn't heard before:
"I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list....That didn't look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. That's what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." --Steve Jobs
That's pretty brilliant. And because I'm a HR/Recruiting/Talent nerd, I started wondering about the application of that quote to HR. Here's what I came up with:
"Good HR is the equivalent of the bicycle for your employee's career."
Love that quote/application or not, it's true.
Good HR enables employees to be everything they can be. Good HR encourages, nudges and grows employees in all the right ways. Good HR also tells employees the truth, even when it might not be in HR's best interest to do that. Good HR maximizes the prospects of the individual employee, because it knows that approach maximizes the long term interests of the enterprise, even if short term pain is inflicted.
Bad HR? That makes employees look like they're walking - rather than riding - on the journey.
Steve Jobs probably hated HR. But he would love a great HR pro who's more like an artist than a transaction.