HR Practitioner Spotlight: Glen L. Loveland, @Glenderful

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Tell us about yourself.

I was named Human Resources Manager for Talent and Business at CCTV News in March 2013. In this position I am responsible for developing and executing our strategic planning for the next generation of both on-air and off-air talent. In addition to hiring, developing and placing all anchors and correspondents for CCTV News programs and bureaus worldwide, I also oversee all editorial recruiting, hiring, growth and development opportunities to ensure that the very best people are hired and move forward in the organization.

Why HR? What made you pick this field?

The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and it’s the last discipline that generally gets serious attention from leadership. Sales, marketing — all these things are important. But more often than not, the head of H.R. does not have a seat at the table. Big mistake. I love helping organizations find and retain the best talent. Structuring organizations, programs, and strategies to build world-class teams are my calling.

What inspired you to first start writing your blog?

I write for LinkedIn Pulse and also submit columns to various platforms. I’ve spent nearly a decade working in HR in China and I know there is a lot of interest in this topic. Now is probably one of the most exciting times to be working in Human Resources in China. Why? Because more and more Chinese companies are committing to creating global brands. And more and more international companies are focusing on China as never before in order to help pull them through the challenging times they’re experiencing in other markets. The challenges faced by these organizations are huge, and the demand for people who can help bridge the gap between East and West will continue to grow.

What’s your favorite social media channel?

WeChat, a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China. If you aren’t using WeChat, you’re missing out!

What’s happening in HR that has you the most excited?

The forces of globalization, talent constraints and new technology are driving rapid change to the HR function. Technology has already transformed HR and data analytics will foster even more profound change. For example, we already use data analytics to help to identify future talent gaps. The proper application of analytics will enable a more robust understanding of employee-related needs and opportunities. The best part? Analytics can be utilized by organizations of all sizes and industries.

In one word, what does the future of HR hold?


How can people contact you?

I’m on Twitter @Glenderful or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Before we go let’s play a game! What are two truths, one lie about yourself?

  1. I met President Clinton twice in one week.
  2. I speak fluent Mandarin.
  3. I drink a French press of Starbucks coffee every morning.

Leave your guesses in the comment section and I will reveal the right answer next week! 

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