It is important to have an opinion in HR or anywhere else for that matter. It is important that you believe in this opinion and be willing to defend it. At all cost. It is important to put yourself out there, exposed, as you figure things out and build a brand for yourself, in what you do and who you are. You certainly can’t go through life, repositioning someone else’s thoughts and arguments, no matter how compelling. You certainly won’t go far, if you appear to be going with the flow and acceding to everyone else. To have an opinion though, you need to know something about the subject matter. That doesn’t stop many people from having opinions about things they barely understand, but that’s a topic for another day. You need to make an informed judgement about things, weighing both sides of the coin, understanding the complexity of the situation and seeing the ramifications. To know something about the subject matter, you need to delve and to examine. You need to expand, to push yourself, to move past your own and other barriers, into familiar and at most other times, unfamiliar territory. You need to read up, to ask the right sort of questions, to make a stab at it at some point and move from there. To delve and examine, you need to start as if you don’t know much. Better if you accept that you don’t know much or even if you move ahead, questioning most things. This gives you a solid foundation on which to build. If you start as if you know all, there’s room for much error and it doesn’t lead to much inquiry. To start as if you dont know much, you need to be curious. I believe that if you are curious, start at ground zero, really delve and examine, and have opinions on the important things, you will get far. You will get far in positioning yourself in your work and your career, in your own personal branding and in terms of your people. Do you believe this?
The importance of having an opinion