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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.
A much quoted Workforce Management article, HR 2018 Future View, from 2008, famously predicted that in ten years time “An HR executive will become CEO of a Fortune 100 firm”. What do you think? Did the prediction come true?
Actually, it has never been a typical career path, still the prophecy came to light. Albeit, it might be important for us to underline at the beginning of this blog post that for HR executives to reach the top of the top has been a pretty unique pattern. Also, in terms of the corporate landscape it is worth mentioning that HR has always been considered to be a “backwater area” with lots of administrative and repetitive tasks to attend to; a label that held HR hostage for decades and against which the tide has recently started to turn.
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.
One of the biggest hits of organisational development in 2015 was the Chief Human Resource Officer of Airbnb becoming Chief Employee Experience Officer. Undoubtedly, over the last years the business world has witnessed the emergence of employee experience management. The trend has been in the focus of researchers, managers and business leaders recently, and it is no coincidence that Europe’s largest exhibition for Human Resource Management, the Zukunft Personal, for its 2016 edition, has chosen this very topic to be in its spotlight.
What do we know about employee experience? What’s in it for HR? More specifically: How can HR take the lead in designing and running employee experience? Keep reading to get to know about the many components of employee experience – from A to Z – that will help you find answers to these questions. >>MORE>>
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Interview with Dr. Bernhard von Mutius, Senior Advisor at HPI School of Design Thinking
How can companies develop new concepts for employees and managers in a world of digital change? There is hardly anyone better to answer this than the future thinker and management coach Dr. Bernhard von Mutius who gained a wealth of experience in Silicon Valley and at MIT many years ago. For the pioneer of “Disruptive Thinking” in German-speaking countries, it is not about emulating missionaries and machine enthusiasts but about pursuing an individual approach for your own culture. He will be presenting his ideas on this topic as keynote speaker at the exhibition PERSONAL2016 Süd in Stuttgart on 10 May. We spoke to him in advance about “Disruptive Thinking” and the changes that digitalisation will bring about for employers. >>MORE>>
Interview with Maximilian von der Ahé, founder and CEO of betahaus
Start-ups are no longer considered just hip, they also serve as a model for many established companies. Particularly when it comes to the innovative capability and speed of the founders, there are many established enterpreneurs who would like to take a leaf out of their book. But how can employers pick up the innovations of new entrepreneurs or anchor their thinking in their own cultures and in the minds of their staff? We spoke to Max von der Ahé, founder of the coworking space, betahaus who has been working around the world for many years at the interface between established businesses on the one hand and start-ups and freelancers on the other. >>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