Executive Book Club: October 2014

Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results

Most companies have massive amounts of data at their disposal, yet fail to utilize it in any meaningful way. But a powerful new business tool, analytics is enabling many firms to aggressively leverage their data in key business decisions and processes, with impressive results. In their previous book, Competing on Analytics, Thomas Davenport and Jeanne Harris showed how pioneering firms were building their entire strategies around their analytical capabilities, rather than "going with the gut".



The Campaign for HR !!

We’re getting closer and closer to another election season.  Even though this is a “light” year for elections locally, that doesn’t stop the candidates who are running for office from filling the airwaves with commercials. And, true to form, there are few candidates who say what they’re going to do.  Instead, they spend millions of dollars to smear their opponent.  People must feel it works because it gets worse the closer you are to the actual election day.

To me it seems similar to what I see from other bloggers in the “space” when they write about Human Resources.  People...


Strategic HR



As the new Vice President of Human Resources for the Society for Human Resource Management, I am proud to launch the first installment of a bi-monthly social media column that I’ve titled Strategic HR! First and foremost, it’s my hope that this will become a very candid and interactive forum, rather than a one-way conversation where I simply post some of my philosophies.  I invite all stakeholders within our community to engage in a lively debate of opinions from all corners of the employment spectrum.  While I will respond to many of the conversations the real value of...


#HRTechConf Closing Keynote with R "Ray" Wang - Transforming the Future of Work in a Digital World


The 2014 HR Technology Conference wrapped up an exciting week with a closing keynote session with R "Ray" Wang.  We've captured some of the highlights below.

R "Ray" Wang, Founder and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research; Author of the popular enterprise software blog A Software Insider’s Point of View .

Many HR leaders continue to segment their workforces by age – Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y etc. But in today’s shift to digital business, they should be focusing their attention, if they’re not already, around the five “generations” of digital proficiency – digital natives, digital immigrants,...


Have Your Processes in Order Before Implementing HR Technology

One of the recurring conversations I had during the first day of the HR Technology Conference revolved around using these tools to solve business problems. The issue with that, says Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at Brandon Hall Group, is that “HR is a buffet of broken processes.” Applying technology to a misaligned strategy, poor tool selection, or inefficient process isn’t going to magically solve anyone’s problems—in fact, it’s just as likely to exacerbate the problem instead.

When we recently did research on talent management systems, more than 1 in 4 companies was actively considering switching to a...


Are You a Simply Irresistible Employer?

LAS VEGAS —  October 9

Are you a simply irresistible employer? 

That’s the question that Katherine Jones and Stacia Sherman of Bersin by Deloitte asked attendees during their Thursday morning session “Creating a Compelling Employee Experience Through a Unified Talent System” at Human Resource Executive’s 17th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.  

If you want to know what it’s like to have to deal with the hiring process at your organization, try getting through your own hiring process. It can be a horrible experience. Jones and Sherman stressed the importance of the user experience during the job application...


Josh Bersin Talks about the Talent Agenda for 2015

LAS VEGAS - Josh Bersin spoke at Human Resource Executive’s 17th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition at a Wednesday afternoon in a session titled “The New Talent Agenda: How Integrated Talent Management Has Fundamentally Changed.”  During the session, Bersin explained the need for organizations to embrace change in the new age of work and that the best companies manage talent as an integrated and holistic part of the organization.  For these organizations, engagement is a systemic part of their ecosystem.

Bersin cited two main trends that have emerged in the new...


#HRTechConf Day 2 -- Workforce 2020: How Data and Analytics will Shape the Workplace

Moderator: David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, CNN John W. Boudreau, PhD, Professor and Research Director, University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations
Steven G. Cochrane, Managing Director, Moody’s Analytics
Steven Rice, Executive VP HR, Juniper Networks
Ahu Yildirmaz, PhD, Head of ADP Research Institute, ADP 

Data is changing how organizations find, attract, develop, deploy and reward people. And in many ways it’s the defining topic for the future of HR, impacting how HR leaders can help drive organizational success and influence the related HR technologies to support their efforts. The workforce...


HR: We’re All Technologists Now

Jason Averbook of Appirio delivered the thought-provoking session “Creating a Workforce Technology Strategy for the Year Ahead” at the Human Resource Executive’s 17th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.  During the session, he challenged HR business partners to lead the technology efforts in their organizations.

With employee loyalty at an all-time low, the question organizations should be asking, he said, is: “How do I service the workforce in a way that is going to want to make them stay.” Your employees will be expecting your organization to keep up with technology.  “Facebook pulls from 72 systems to create...


The Evolution of HR Continues

It’s been said that the most important values of any profession are shared knowledge and shared experience, the passing along of what we know from person to person and generation to generation. This is certainly true of HR.

Too often in the early days of our profession, there wasn’t a ready source for people to ask when crunch time came and critical problems had to be solved. In the days after World War II, hundreds of thousands of soldiers were returning home, and workplace issues were moving to the forefront of American life. Employers needed help recruiting...