More than 10 Questions with Holly MacDonald

Inspired by the questions and insightful responses heard on “Inside the Actor’s Studio”, tell us the first response that comes to mind:

1.  What is your favorite word?

2.  What is your least favorite word?
Dialoguing – is it even a word?

3.  What turns you on?
Chocolate, duh

4.  What turns you off?
Office politics

5.  What sound or noise do you love?
The eerie wail of the ferry horn

6.  What sound or noise do you hate?

7.  What is your favorite HR word?

8.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Kayak guide

9.  What profession would you not like to do?

10.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Red or white?


Why are you in HR?

I’m not sure that I am actually “in” HR – I’ve worked in operations more than HR, as well as supported a senior team directly, as a distinct business unit separate from HR.  Why am I in the people business?  Like many trainers I was instantly hooked when in a training course I saw the light bulb go off over someone’s head when they “got it”.  That has evolved beyond the single light bulb to whole company’s worth of light bulbs.

Which business person do you admire and why?

I love to watch Dragon’s Den, so I’d have to say one of them, and it would probably be Arlene Dickenson.  Or maybe Kevin O’Leary – I do appreciate someone who tells it like it is, even if he is a little harsh.

What do you do to keep up-to-date on the latest in HR?

I read, just like most others, blogs, some HR specific and some business publications, but I also listen to what people talk about when it comes to their jobs – it’s pretty telling – it isn’t the latest in terms of “best practices”, but it’s the latest in reality.

In your opinion, what are the biggest issues in HR at the moment?

Adapting to newer forms of work – not everyone wants to work full-time and I think HR needs to be ready to deal with this, both from a talent management perspective, but also a risk perspective.   

Finding their place in the organizational pecking order –all the talk about getting a seat at the table is really a cry for recognition and value.  HR needs to set their own table and invite others to join it, and stop getting defensive about it.

You volunteered to be a blogger for Fireside HR.  Why did you decide to take this on?

I LOVE to write and I find blogging is a casual way to write (humour is a-ok) and appeals to my spontaneous nature.  Also, I love to be able to share things with people – through the magic of hypertext, blogging allows me to do that.

What do you plan to blog about?

Training, technology, being an independent consultant, social media, ROI, K-12 education and probably my dog and/or kids from time to time.

What do you want your readers to know about you?

I have a sense of humour, like to ask stupid questions (someone has to do it) and talk too much.  I enjoy life online, but offline I like to kayak, hike, grow veggies and enjoy food and wine way too much.

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