Do Business Heads ‘dislike’ competent HR people? I think so, Business likes HR people who say yes to them, that’s called aligning. They prefer HRBP who promote/sideline/sack people whom they recommend without questioning. During my managerial days, I met my HR Business Partner and asked for a mid-year hike to my star performer. “If he doesn’t perform in the next half would you decrease his salary," she asked. She sent me back empty-handed. I cursed my pay grade as I couldn’t challenge/veto her and felt HR wasn’t understanding my business situation. A few months later I saw her in another forum telling a VP from Business few things his team needed to do to curb attrition. Going by his expression I felt the VP did not like this advisory. She left the organization a few months later. Isn’t that the case with most HRleaders who stand up to business and advise rightly on people related stuff? The HR folks who know their work and take an organization stance based on fairness, policies, risk mitigation are always shunned and people who say “yes sir" are preferred. Yes, There are exceptions to this. Many CEOs hire HR folks from the best institutions with great experience/expertise and don’t give them the space to express!