“You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal thyself’…” – Luke 4:23

Nothing paints a picture like Proverbs.

Having “served” 20 years in the corporate world, 15 of those in Human Resources, I’ve seen my fair share of hypocrisy. Or is that too harsh? Isn’t it just the way of the world that we are all better at advising than we are at doing (there are a passel of cobbler’s children with an opinion on this)? At the very least, we open ourselves to the cry of “hypocrite!” when we venture into the role of giving advice.

Just ask my kids….

"Tell it to the judge, Pops."

“Tell it to the judge, Pops.”

But now, it’s that time of year…decisions on merit ratings, compensation awards, incentive grants – all will be on the table for discussion. And in HR, we stand on the rooftops trumpeting the value of performance management and meaningful differentiation…but how do those concepts play in our own backyard?

Looking at the annual performance review process of the HR organizations in my past, If I were to grade the overall performance in making those “tough” decisions? I’d say C-minus, maybe D-plus? I’m sure many of you can point to a better experience, just as I’m sure a number of you are nodding your head in agreement – when it comes to taking our own advice, we can really suck.

So why even bring this up?

1. Your clients need to know – It’s okay to admit that yes, we have the same challenges when making those tough decisions. Humanizing HR is never a bad idea.

2. Stick to your guns Even if we aren’t “perfect,” you can’t argue with the validity of the concept. Don’t let the disconnect in the message sway you from sharing solid advice.

3. Keep Working – We can never lose sight of improving our own practices…that allows us to keep our heads held high when advising others – In that way, we, as esteemed “Doctors,” will continue to heal ourselves.