By: Drew Railton, CPHR
Drew Railton, CPHR is a managing partner in our Western Canada offices. He has an ongoing interview series in PeopleTalk, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon’s quarterly magazine.
In the Spring issue, Drew Railton, CPHR caught up with Jim Steffler.
With more than 20 years of senior management experience within the insurance and financial services industry, including both the private and not-for-profit sector, Jim Steffler is currently the executive vice president, people for LMG Financial Services Inc.
Here is what Jim had to say.
Why did you choose HR or how did it choose you?
I would like to think we “found” each other, but admittedly, I was the aggressor. It was my passion for talent development that had me pursue the ideal. It was 2010 and I was in an operations role for LGM, a small-midsize, more small than midsize, enterprise at the time. As I observed the tremendous potential of this market-leading company, I saw the opportunity to drive performance by helping to shape the people culture. HR was off-the-sides-of-desks and if we were to succeed, there were critical internal considerations, including a full-time focus on people strategy alignment with business strategy. In short, we had to get out in front of the growth and fortunately, our founder and CEO, a hugely employee-centric leader, was open to giving me a try at HR leadership. We have since quadrupled in size and it’s been a most enjoyable journey.
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