John Boudreau says HR has to change it’s approach

ASTD2012 session SU300 was delivered by Dr John Boudreau, Research Director of the University of SoCal’s Centre for Effective Organisations. He introduced the concept of Transformative HR and his research on its meaning and application.

In a session full of data (much of which I didn’t really understand) and some great examples, one core message stood out for me:

  • The world has changed a lot…but the HR approach, time-spending and business-input hasn’t
  • If HR is going to add value in the future, it won’t be from incremental improvements in classical ways of working …it will be from a drastic change in how we develop business performance
  • Here’s 2 simple ideas for HR professionals to consider in order to achieve this….

    Stop delivering raw data that adds to the corporate information overload…
    Deliver stories and examples that speak to them and their business issues

    Instead of approaching recruitment in the classical way of desperately trying to deliver new hires immediately because the business says “I need him now” adding that “I can’t have too many people” with the additional demand of “Make sure I don’t end up with too few people”…
    Get business leaders to think of human resources in the same way they might think of resources in a supply chain (“the right amount of people in stock for the market of today and emerging demands of tomorrow” and “the ability to move resources from one place to another”)

    More good food-for-thought.
    Awesome conference!

    That’s all folks!

    About Dan Steer

    Wandering corporate trainer, learning and development consultant, conference speaker and professional El-Magico. I help people get better at stuff by creating and facilitating Infinite Learning © opportunities. The world would be a better place if everyone was doing what he loved and doing it well. I am working to bring out the "El Magico" in everybody. Training in presentation and communication skills, leadership, social media for learning and marketing, learning and development management + personal effectiveness.

    Posted on May 7, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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