Bold HR: A Theme Which is Here to Stay
This week we are hosting our annual IMPACT conference, our 8th year. While I don’t want to give away the secrets of my keynote, the theme is what we call Bold HR: giving HR the freedom and confidence to reinvent, innovate, and push the envelope.
As we will be discussing at the conference, the world of HR and talent management has not been keeping up with business.
Companies around the world tell us that their HR teams (or People Operations teams, as they’re called here in California), are falling behind.
The dynamic, younger workforce is demanding a more compelling work experience; your employment brand is now totally transparent; and leadership gaps are higher than ever. Talent Management, as we defined it only a few years ago, is fading away– being replaced by a much more dynamic approach we might call People Management. A new focus on simplification, engagement, culture, and leadership at all levels is here.
HR teams and leaders can address these issues – but only if we move faster and more boldly.
I just read an article by John Chambers (CEO of Cisco) in Harvard Business Review today and he puts it very simply:
By the time it’s obvious you need to change, it’s probably too late.
This is the story for HR. Just as product, sales, marketing, and technology teams have to rapidly adapt to stay ahead of markets, so must HR. We must constantly stay vigilant to workforce changes, economic trends, and changes in the business which force us to throw away old practices and start over.
This is the essence of what we call “Bold HR” – and it is here to stay.
I am very excited to be able to meet with more than 500 of our closest friends in Florida this week and look forward to sharing much more with you about Bold HR in the coming weeks.