More than 10 Questions with Krysty Wideen

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?
Izquierda – it means “left” in Spanish and is just fun to say!

2.  What is your least favorite word?
Should.  I say it to myself too often.

3.  What turns you on?
Really good conversation.

4.  What turns you off?
When people are really not listening to each other.

5.  What sound or noise do you love?
Crashing waves (cliché, but I’m from Vancouver!)

6.  What sound or noise do you hate?
Nails against a chalkboard. Even just thinking about it makes me cringe.

7.  What is your favorite HR word?

8.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Travel Writer/Guide

9.  What profession would you not like to do?
Doctor. It’s just not for me.

10.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
That looked fulfilling and fun.


Why are you in HR?

People fascinate me. From what makes them tick to how they respond to what’s thrown at them to how they work together. They are the most complex and important aspects of organizations today and to strive to understand them better interests me.

Which business person do you admire and why?

I admire anyone who can equally and sufficiently handle both the “hard” and “soft” side of business and do both justice. I think this is what it takes to be truly effective in business. You can’t simply focus on getting people engaged and happy, just like you can’t simply focus on the numbers on your financial statements. I also admire people who encourage others to share their differing opinions. You’ll notice this is something that I am pushing myself to do more.

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

A lot of it, for me, is talking to people – trying to create a continuous dialogue with my colleagues in HR and anyone else who has an opinion or idea on the topic. I also keep up to date with a few HR blogs, read magazines and books that various sources recommend to me, and read stories about what is happening in the world in general. I think the best idea is to make sure you are soliciting ideas, opinions, news, etc from different sources, so that you hear about different perspectives.

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

I think some of the biggest issues relate to the evolution of the profession. HR is (or is trying to be) more strategic and stronger in terms of voicing an opinion on strategic issues facing organizations. Some of the side effects of this are thinking about how to prove or measure the strategic worthiness of “HR initiatives”, re-educating others about what HR can do for an organization, and developing ourselves to meet the challenges that come with this evolution. I think it’s exciting!

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

Within the past two years or so, I’ve started reading more and more blogs about various topics of interest, one of them being HR. More recently, I’ve started writing for my company’s blog. I’m new to the idea of putting my thoughts out there for the world to see, comment on, and maybe judge, but I think that it will be a great experience for me in terms of my growth, personally and professionally, and to refine and further explore my own ideas, with the help of the HR community with BC HRMA!

What do you plan to blog about?

As I indicate in my bio, a lot of what I intend to write about will be reflections of what I experience in my life. Sometimes, it will be related to an experience at work; I work for an organizational and leadership development consulting firm in Vancouver. Sometimes, more everyday experiences or conversations with friends will get me thinking. I really look at this blog as a place to share my reflections about topics related to HR and to hear other perspectives. I would like to think that my blog posts will only be the beginnings of great discussions, either in the online community or at the workplace.

Can you tell I’m really trying not to limit myself in terms of topics?

What do you want your readers to know about you?

I want readers to know that I am not an expert. I’m not trying to teach anything, simply trying to start conversations. Also, I am a young, budding HR professional, a few years into my career, and I have retained a lot of the optimism I learned in university. I strive to soak in as much knowledge as I can as much as I strive to have my voice heard. I value a diversity of opinion, so please disagree with me sometimes!

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