Interview with Kevin Henderson, the HR man

Becky Leighton

Posted: June 6, 2018

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Kevin is a clinical psychologist, facilitator and motivational teacher with over 30 years’ experience in education, training and development, private practice and employee wellness work.

In addition to running a private practice in psychology, Kevin is a seasoned facilitator focussing mostly in the areas of leadership, EQ and people management at the Business School (Executive Development) of the University of Stellenbosch.
If we do say so ourselves; Kevin is an extraordinary mentor, whose knowledge and experience will feed your growth, both personally and professionally.

1. What is the highlight of your career?

The highlight of my career has been being able to facilitate people management practices to employees of the UNFPA in Uganda and Sierra Leone.

2. How is Human Resource management different in start-ups vs well-established companies?

In most start-ups, the HR function tends to be more of a generalist role, whilst there’s more specialisation in established organisations. The HR role in startups also tends to focus more on moving people laterally in order to assist with the motivation of employees whereas in established organisations there’s greater opportunity for promotion due to the size of the organisation.

3. Any tips or advice for those starting their careers in Human Resources?

Be smart about how you brand yourself in your organisation. You have the opportunity to contribute to the bottom line in the organisation as you are better positioned to contribute to strategic discussions regarding strategies towards achieving the organisation’s goals. You can also assist in changing the perception of HR with your colleagues by contributing to the people agenda within your organisation.

4. Why is it important for those in leadership roles to have HR skills?

It will assist leaders to maximise what they can get out of their people. In the world, it is all about productivity. You can improve productivity when you understand what motivates people, and by addressing people’s needs in addition to addressing the needs of the organisation.

5. What book are you currently reading? Or what is your favourite thing to do to take a break from the everyday hustle?

I enjoy playing a round of golf or just having fun on the squash court.

6. And finally, what is the one thing you can tell us about yourself that we won’t find on your resume?

It gives me the greatest joy to do things for my kids in order to improve their quality of life.

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