HR's mo-st influentialHR's brightest and best are growing moustaches – sort of
It’s October: Movember is almost upon us. For those of you who’ve been living in a shed for the last few years, or hidden in the umbra of a particularly bushy Imperial, Movember is the month of November re-branded to encourage when men conspire to grow facial hair to raise money for health charities.
It’s a laudable affair, and the team behind it estimate they’ve raised over $650million since founding the project a dozen or so years ago. Corporates have got behind it too, with formal partners including HP Sauce, Speedo, Gillette and even Santander.
Maybe it’s because HR is so predominantly female – 72% of the CIPD were in 2013 – that HR’s corridors tend not to be a-buzz with conversations about handlebars and Ronald Colmans in the run up to Christmas. But we thought we’d try to shift the balance a little, in an attempt to align the world’s greatest corporate function with one of the world’s most inspired instances of charitable silliness.
That’s why we’ve spent hours slaving over a hot computer to bring you ten top HR people made silly by the addition of lip rugs. In the time-honoured fashion, here’s the countdown from 10 to 1. And yes, we have included women in our list, because a) we’re not sexist and b) they look just as funny as the men.10. Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Lancaster University Management School. Sir Cary of Cooper already has facial hair, but we think a little more would make him look even more Professorly. And maybe even get him a transfer from Lancaster to Hogwarts.
9. Christine Deputy, Group HRD of Aviva. Is she the boss? Is she a deputy? Who cares, when she’s got the kind of nose bug rarely spotted outside of a spaghetti western.
8. Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations, Google. He wrote the book ‘Work Rules!’ He’ll be following it up with one called ‘Mo Rules!’ when he grows this ‘tache, or at least glues two matching rat-tails to his septum.
3. Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, Director of HR, BBC. The new-ish head of BBC with the kind of lip luggage best suited to a used car salesman working at Deals on Wheels.
1. Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business. Not for the first time, Mr Ulrich shows us the way it should be done. It sounds impossible, but this snot mop actually makes him look even more distinguished. Forget the ‘Ulrich model’ – if Dave actually grew one of these boys he’d be a top model himself. Watch your back, Tom Selleck!