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In early January 2019, a headline on the McKinsey Leadership and Organization blog caught my eye – “The critical importance of the HR business partner.” A key point made in the piece is that HR continues to struggle to deliver effective talent strategy. The disconnect centers on the lack of capability of HR business partners (HRBP), those who counsel managers on talent issues. The article remarks that the value of great HRBPs remains unquestioned. However, a great HRBP is hard to find and the structure of the HRBP role requires re-engineering.
For me, the article does not go far enough in describing the disconnect. From my research, not only must these senior partners deliver strategic advice to business leaders on talent issues, they must also support these leaders in getting optimal performance from their talent. They must be able to measure talent performance. But to do this, HRBPs must manifest superb data and analytical skills.