If Guy Martin was a HR Director.

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Speed with Guy Martin you’ll know what a genuinely down to earth and inspirational man he is. So that got me thinking. What if Guy Martin worked in HR?

Well to start with he probably wouldn’t call it HR. It’d just be the ‘people stuff’ wouldn’t it and he’d probably just crack on and do it. Chances are he’d be quite a progressive HRD and in a very practical hands-on way.

“If you’re not crashing, you’re not trying hard enough.”

That’s what he’d say. Now I’m no advocate for crashing but I do believe that if we as HR professionals want to achieve something that has never been achieved, we have to be prepared to test boundaries and to do what has never been done. Sometimes, it doesn’t always work out but if we can learn anything from Guy it would be to get back on the bike and try again. He’d likely say…

“Try to do something different. Don’t be a seagull following a tractor.”

There’s something about his energy and passion for life that is infectious. His view is that we can all find time to do what we want to do, we just have to get up earlier. He’s a huge advocate for thorough planning and preparation for projects too. Absolutely nothing left to chance. Not surprising when you’re life may actually depend on it. He’d say ‘Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.’ Simple as that.

Finally he takes huge pride in what he does, he knows who he is, what he’s there to do and cracks on to get the job done. Whatever it takes. In an interview he once said ‘The boss of the tool company said that it was the most thorough spanner collection he’d seen. I was like a proud father.’ As a HRD I’m sure he’d be equally proud of the skills in his toolkit too.

There’s something refreshingly brilliant about hard work and passion. Combine that with a humble attitude and a ‘no fear’ desire to be better, faster and more efficient than the competition. Then add an enquiring mind that utilises science and technology to refine a process and you end up with something really special.

So what can we learn from Guy Martin…

  • Motivation and drive.
  • How to just crack on and get the job done.
  • Innovation and an enquiring mind.
  • Passion for who we are and what we do.
  • Fearless resilience and determination.
  • How to plan for success.
  • The importance of learning how to weld!

Ok, so on the last point depending on what industry you work in you might not have a huge call for that. Do be proud of your HR toolkit though, BE FEARLESS, and don’t be afraid to add new skills to your toolkit right the way through your career.

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