Some memorable dialogues from the movie ‘The Lion King’ and the wisdom they hold for HR professionals.

Simba: ‘Give me one reason why I shouldn’t rip you apart. ‘ How about introspecting, every now and then, on whether the revenue earners are spending their money in a worthwhile manner on keeping you as a support function?!
Banzai: ‘Yeah, Be prepared. Yeah… we’ll be prepared, heh. …For what? ‘ Help your business to visualize, articulate a holistic approach towards talent management.
Mufasa: ‘Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. ‘ Cater to all your internal customers, not just some businesses, geographies or some grades with the same sensitivity and focus. Also remember ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’.
Simba: ‘Hey! Why don’t you pick on somebody your own size?! ‘ Grow in stature by building cutting-edge competencies, skills and knowledge. Benchmark yourself against the best-in-breed amongst functions that support the business. Only then will the business ‘pick on you’ as a preferred service provider.
Sarabi: ‘So where is this really cool place? ‘
Young Simba: ‘Oh… around the waterhole. ‘
Young Nala: ‘The waterhole? What’s so great about the waterhole? ‘
Young Simba: I’’ll show you when we get there. ‘
Show what you will achieve at the end of this year, end of 3 years and 5 years. Get stakeholders ‘on-boarded’ on this journey early in the process.
Simba: ‘Dad! Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad! ‘ Sarabi (sleepily): ‘Your son is awake. ‘ Mufasa: ‘Before sunrise, he’s your son.’ Own the talent as ‘one HR’, make handovers from talent acquisition to compensation to systems to growth and learning, seamless for the employee. Do not have contradicting agendas.
Rafiki telling Timon  ‘ To reach “Hakuna Matata”, you need to learn to “look beyond what you see”. Plan for the long haul. The necessary first step is to first arrive at an understanding of what the future will be like.
Ma: {enraged} ‘You used a metaphor on Timon?! He takes things literally! {panicking} That’s it. He’s starving out there. I just know it! Max! Timon’s out there chasing metaphors. I’ve gotta go find him!’ De-jargonize. Help people relate to the HR initiatives with a language they can relate to. Instead of helping ‘build a succession pipeline’ , help them ‘develop a group of motivated and talented leaders’!

 

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