Written by
Changeboard Team

27 Sep 2016

Video: Dave Ulrich, ASHRM 2016 Conference

27 Sep 2016 • by Changeboard Team

Video: Keynote at ASHRM 2016

Talk synopsis: The HR profession has continued to evolve from an administrative and technical/functional focus to a strategic focus. For the past 20 years, strategic HR has been in vogue. Strategy is a mirror in which HR sees and aligns HR practices to help deliver business results. We believe the next step in HR is to focus on ‘HR from the outside in’. 

In this view, strategy is not a mirror, but a window through which HR professionals align their work to forces and stakeholders outside their organization.

Watch Dave Ulrich at ASHRM's 2016 Conference:

Introduction to Dave Ulrich

Exclusive Q&A

Here, professor Dave Ulrich speaks about the future of HR.

Three key questions

This session will be woven around three key questions:

  1. Perspective: What is your greatest work challenge today? 
    We will show the evolution of how HR adds value, ending with focus on external conditions and stakeholders. We will review external conditions and specific stakeholders and how HR can respond to each. Participants will leave with a perspective about how HR can help build business value by connecting to external business conditions and key stakeholders
  2. Outcomes: What does HR uniquely bring to the strategy discussion?
    We will talk about how each function brings unique value to the strategy discussion. We will show that HR should be the architect and anthropologist for talent, leadership, and capability. We will highlight trends in each area and participants will leave with a clear sense of their unique contribution to business dialogue.
  3. Transformation: What are the keys to HR transformation?
    We will discuss how HR transformation must include discussion of the HR structure (how HR is organised), practices (what HR does), competencies (what skills HR professionals possess), and analytics (how to measure HR effectiveness). We will highlight latest thinking on each area, presenting the findings of the latest (7th) round of the HR Competency Study, involving more than 30,000 participants.

Dave Ulrich bio

Dave Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach and consultant. He is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group. He has written numerous books covering topics in human resources and leadership. He is also currently on the board of directors for Herman Miller, a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, and is on the board of trustees of Southern Virginia University. 

Dave studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award-winning databases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results. 

Dave has been ranked the #1 Management Educator & Guru by BusinessWeek, selected by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative leaders, and named the most influential person in HR by HR Magazine for three years.