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Chapter 1. The Golden Key—Finance > But, I HATE Numbers!

But, I HATE Numbers!

You probably didn’t go into organization development, people development, or any other “development” for the numbers. You got into your profession because you love people. Even if you don’t hate numbers, practitioners in WLP have not focused nearly as much attention on financial numbers as line managers do in other parts of a business. If you don’t know why you would want to focus on finances and numbers, then consider the following studies.

Twin Cities Study

In 2001, members of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota) Human Resource Association, ASTD, and the Organization Development Network came together to identify what kept human asset professionals away from the leadership table (Kindley, 2001).


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