Uhhh Ohhh…A Real Job! | HR Fishbowl

Written on July 23, 2010 by Charlie in HR Profession hanging-hat-300x225-3193321

Most of you know I lost my job on May 31, 2010. I was the Senior Vice President of Shared Services for a public company that went bankrupt and was ultimately bought out by a private equity firm. That firm decided several other executives and I were no longer important to the future of the company. It hurt, but I’m cool with it…business is business. Since then I’ve been in a career evaluation deep dive (some would call it a “free fall”). Should I go it alone? Should I go back to Corporate America? Should I move to the British Virgin Islands and open a bar? It has been an interesting discovery for me and my family. And it quite frankly has been exhausting. I am pleased to announce that after 60 days that process has finally reached an end.

I grew up in the world of Professional Services – spending 13 years with Deloitte, one of the largest global firms. It is an environment I am very comfortable with and have enjoyed immensely. And it is one I believe has a bright future. That is why I am thrilled to have accepted an offer from Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) to be their Global Director of Human Capital, Strategic Development/Operations. The title is a mouth-full, but so is the job. With more than 2,500 employees across North America, Europe, and Asia, Navigant helps clients respond to industry and market factors that create uncertainty and corporate exposure. In my role I’ll work with each of the functional HR directors to optimize their strategies and operations, to bring a “next-generation” of people practices to the organization, and to strengthen the career experience for its growing world-class talent base.

As you’ve hopefully seen from my blog, I’m all about “the trenches.” I like to get my hands dirty, I like to hang with the employees, and I like to more directly experience the myriad challenges an employer regularly faces. I thankfully realized I shouldn’t wander too far from those trenches; I still have lots to learn as an HR executive, and I’m convinced Navigant will throw me right into the deep end. I’m down with that.

Navigant has specifically asked me to maintain my presence in the HR blogosphere – I’m really happy about that. And to that end, I will look forward to the ongoing dialog with you and its resulting impact on our great profession. In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all of your support, counsel, and encouragement as I searched for the right place to hang my hat. I really think (and hope) I found it!

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