Martha Finney

Martha Finney is HRE’s Advice from the Top columnist. She is a lifelong HR career trends watcher and best-selling author or co-author of 26 books on HR career management, leadership and employee engagement. Her passion for the HR profession has given her unique access to CHROs, current and past, who trust her with their most powerful insights into what it takes to build a world-class HR career destined for the C-suite. She can be contacted via LinkedIn or at

How to Make the Most of Mentoring Wisdom

You can't learn HR success from a textbook–or all on your own.

How to Speak Truth to Power

Speaking truth to power isn't always easy, but, for HR leaders, it's essential.

How to Learn from the Past

HR leaders weigh in on their greatest challenges–and how they’ve grown because of them.

Discovering the Scope of HR’s Influence

We asked HR leaders: “When did you first realize that HR has the potential to be hugely impactful?”

What is HR’s Most Powerful Influence Lever?

HR's power lies in its ability to influence through discretion, judgment and business acumen.

Advice for HR Professionals That Is Just Plain Wrong

3 HR execs share bad advice they received when they were starting out–and how they’d rewrite it today.

When Taking a Big Career Risk Pays Off

Here are three examples of HR leaders who stepped outside their comfort zones.

How Do You Keep Your Sense of Humanity in HR?

People are hard to deal with, which is why burnout is such a challenge in HR.

How Do HR Professionals Get in Their Own Way?

HR leaders need to focus on possibilities for their organizations, not just preventing problems.

How Do You Sustain Your Passion for HR?

HR leaders must nurture a sense of curiosity and compassion to avoid professional burnout.