Illustration: Studio Fee Overbeeke
When you ask CEO’s and CHRO’s what their key priorities are for the coming year, talent management always is one of the issues high on the list. Talent management is an easy and safe choice. Nobody will argue that talent management is not important. Supervisory Boards love to talk about succession and talent management. Talent management is generally seen as something long-term. When you hear terms as “strategic”, “long-term”, “future” and “investment”, you must be careful. For talent management this means: it is important, but not urgent. For the CEO, it means: I have ticked the box, but now HR can deal with it. Of course, I will visit the final session of the senior management program, of course, I will personally mentor one or two high potentials, but please, do not bother me too much about talent management, I have more urgent matters on my plate. A big challenge for organisations is to make talent management urgent, and to make it a priority of today, not of the future.
Foto: Gary Kildare
Before his much awaited presentation at Europe’s largest HR gathering, we interviewed Gary Kildare, Chief HR Officer at IBM Europe, for our interview series with the keynote speakers at the 2017 edition of Zukunft Personal.
One of the key secrets to IBM’s long-term success can be found in the company’s ability to constantly reinvent itself, to continually transform and to search for strategic technologies that enhance human labour. It is a 106-year-old journey that now takes IBM to its present top position in the Artificial Intelligence and cognitive computing market designed to support, inspire and lead current generations. Gary Kildare has spent much of his professional career with IBM as an HR leader and I was pleased to speak with him about AI, the history of HR, Germany’s AI talent shortage and many more.
I would like to start this post by asking you to take a moment to think about a number of experiences you had recently, along the next paragraphs:
Think back for a moment: when was the last time you experienced great customer service? Did you buy something online, or went to an actual shop? Did you receive all the information you needed, on time, to make the right decision? Were you able even online to ask questions and be directed to the product that is right for you?
From fruit-baskets to corporate yoga classes, meditation rooms to mindful emails and meetings, the offer for wellbeing initiatives is growing exponentially. As HR professionals are bombarded by sales e-mails and calls with an overwhelming number of apps, fitness and health trackers, coaching and mindfulness training, concierge services and ergonomics, it is increasingly difficult to make the right choices, and use the scarce resources in the best possible way to maximise the benefit for employees.
As there are still a couple of months before the Zukunft Personal 3 days event in Köln, there are a lot of things you can do to be prepared, to make sure you make the most out of the presentations and the exhibition, by understanding your organisation’s needs first, so when you arrive in Köln, you will know what to look for.
Elon Musk famously said: “If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure.” In today’s VUCA world, there are hardly any guarantees anymore. Just as Whatsapp and other messaging services have bitten out billions from large established Telecom companies’ revenues, established businesses and sure-fire branches are under threat every day. If it’s not the curly haired guys in a garage, it may be an advertising fiasco, a new regulation, changing technologies, and even ageing population.
Companies are under pressure to come up with innovations: strategic investments in holistically designed working worlds aim to strengthen competitiveness. In the exhibition area “Workplace of the Future | Design by HCD”, the Zukunft Personal is developing visions for the working world of the future in the Koelnmesse from 18 to 20 October. In cooperation with the company HCD Planungsgesellschaft, Europe’s largest exhibition for human resource management is giving visitors the opportunity to experience individual room and design concepts live for the first time on an area of more than 500 square metres.
Foto: Dan Price
Interview with Dan Price, Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments
While some people live at subsistence levels in spite of long and hard working hours, others are rewarded handsomely for similar tasks. Equal pay for equal work is rarely reality. A businessman in the United States refused to accept this and came up with a “crazy” idea: he renounced his million-dollar salary to pay each of his employees at least 70,000 dollars. With his announcement he unleashed a broad debate on the extent to which money is a motivating factor and whether profit as the unique corporate goal has become obsolete. We spoke with Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, who is one of the keynote speakers at Zukunft Personal, the HRM Expo, in Cologne this October. >>MORE>>
Photo: HRMExpo 2015 – New To HR Collaboration
In the run-up of the HRM Expo and on-site at the exhibition New To HR was able to speak to a number of (keynote) speakers on their topic area – amongst others to Chris Roebuck, Heiko Fischer and Peter Palme. We produced various videos showing amazing conversations all highlighting that the performance dynamic of your workplace is more important than ever before in today’s global office. For a people engine to run smoothly, all the parts must work together, and one must remember to influence and encourage the workforce for high performance in order to drive innovation in your organisation. >>MORE>>
Podcast with Chris Roebuck about his key principles of transformational leadership
We are in a situation where the world chances significantly. But organisations are not adapting that fast. “One reason is that we have the amazing ability to make things more complicated than they really need to be”, says Chris Roebuck, Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School in London. He has held senior roles at UBS, HSBC and KPMG, has served in the British Army, and is one of the top Human Resources (HR) thinkers in Europe. He is a sought after advisor and the developer of “Mach 2 leadership” – “twice the speed of sound, going to the limits of what’s possible”.
We talked to Chris Roebuck ahead of his keynote speech on “Mach 2 leadership” at the HRM Expo in Cologne, on the 16th September.
Researching and writing about the changing world of work and the future of the labour market, one tends to forget about the past. Now here is a great reminder about mastery and craftsmanship via the painter, Vincent Van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh worked as an artist only for a decade. In those 10 years he managed to produce 840+ paintings and 1000+ sketches having almost no formal training as artist at all. How did he manage to be so productive and at the same time reach an extraordinary level of mastery? We are lucky that Van Gogh also wrote a lot of letters of which 900+ are still available today. These letters shed a light on his way of working and show how Van Gogh approached his work, the struggles he faced and how he managed to overcome them. Ger Driesen did in depth research on these letters to come up with 7 principles that Van Gogh used to develop his ‘art of work’. These 7 principles are still very useful and applicable today.
– a podcast with learning and development expert, Ger Driesen