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In this series, David Green will be speaking to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate – to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digital information to create business value. You'll hear from people leaders who are driving transformation in their organisations on how HR can prepare for the future and what HR leaders need to do to prepare for the Future of Work.

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In this series, David Green will be speaking to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate – to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digital information to create business value. You'll hear from people leaders who are driving transformation in their organisations on how HR can prepare for the future and what HR leaders need to do to prepare for the Future of Work.

    51. The Future of HR with Dave Ulrich, Brigette McInnis-Day (Google) and Rupert Morrison (orgvue)

    51. The Future of HR with Dave Ulrich, Brigette McInnis-Day (Google) and Rupert Morrison (orgvue)

    Welcome to the first episode of series 11 of The Digital HR Leaders podcast. As I wrote in my annual list of HR predictions for 2021, which we covered on last week's episode, the pandemic has thrust the Human Resources function into the spotlight. All eyes are on HR. Some have likened the pivotal role the CHRO is playing in this crisis to that played by the CFO in the global financial crisis. Undoubtedly HR has a unique role to play, but how does the function shift towards generating value for the business, the customer, the workforce, investors and the community at large?

    We decided to bring an esteemed panel of three experts together to debate the topic. Firstly, Brigette McInnis-Day Head of HR at Google Cloud, where she focuses on attracting and developing amazing talent and shaping the culture for business growth and transformation.

    Secondly, we have Dave Ulrich, Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and co-founder of the RBL Group. With his colleagues, Dave has written over 30 books that have shaped the HR profession, defined organisations of capabilities and shown the impact of leadership on customer and investors.

    Last but not least Rupert Morrison, who is leading the way in data-driven organisational planning as CEO at orgvue. He has also authored a Chartered Management Institute shortlisted book of the year on data-driven organisational design.

    In our conversation the panel and I discuss:


    The impact of the pandemic on organisations, employees and HR
    How HR can be more value and business focused
    The skills that Google looks for in its HR business partners and how Google measures its culture
    The impact of the pandemic on workforce planning, organisational design and people analytics
    What HR can do in 2021 to capture more value for the business

    This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in HR and how it can create value for the organisation. So that is business leaders, CHROs and anyone in an organisation design, people analytics or HR business partner role.

    Support for this podcast is brought to you by orgvue . To learn more, visit https://www.orgvue.com/.

    • 56 min
    BONUS: David Green's Predictions for HR in 2021

    BONUS: David Green's Predictions for HR in 2021

    This is a special bonus episode to kick off the podcast for 2021. In 2020, we learnt that the field of Human Resources is even more important than we thought it was, that People Analytics can save lives and that humans and the organisations they work for can adapt quickly in times of crises.

    What do the events of 2020 mean for HR though, as we set sail into 2021? I have been publishing an annual set of predictions since 2014 and the show's producer, Ian Bailie, persuaded me that it would be fun to record a special episode of the podcast framed around my predictions for 2021. As you will hear I managed to turn the tables on Ian at several points in the conversation to get his take on a couple of the trends that are destined to set the agenda in 2021.

    In our conversation, Ian and I discuss:


    Whether the future of work has arrived and if so, does it mean we can actually stop talking about the future of work?
    Why People Analytics is set to evolve in 2021 and how it can deliver more value at scale
    How skills, learning and careers are coming together and breaking down traditional silos in HR
    What HR Leaders and professionals can do to prepare for the future

    This episode should be an interesting listen for anyone in a Workforce or People Analytics role, as well as HR, Learning and Business Professionals interested in how HR can drive business outcomes and create valuable experiences for employees.

    • 54 min
    50. How Wipro uses People Analytics to Enable Hyper-Personalisation (Interview with Renil Kumar)

    50. How Wipro uses People Analytics to Enable Hyper-Personalisation (Interview with Renil Kumar)

    Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic HR functions with People Analytics Teams have been pivotal in co-ordinating and leading responses to the crisis in companies all around the world. Well, one such company is Indian multi national giant Wipro, which found it had to suddenly contend with 150,000 remote workers in India alone.

    My guest on this week's episode of the podcast is Renil Kumar, Vice President and Global HR Head at Wipro. He is the personification of a modern HR Leader, Business focused, data-driven, technologically savvy, inclusive and collaborative.

    In our conversation Renil and I discuss:


    How People Data and Analytics enables hyper-personalisation across Wipro’s 200,000 plus global employee workforce
    How a powerful People Analytics project at Wipro delivered quantifiable value to the business, as well as revealing some interesting insights on the impact of team size and promotions
    How to infuse HR Professionals with the skills needed to be more data-driven and why experimentation, starting small and getting hands-on drives progress
    How Organisational Network Analysis can be applied in Sales and Customer Service
    What HR can do to prepare their organisations for an increase in remote and hybrid working

    This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in how HR can drive significant value in large multinational businesses. So that is Business Leaders, CHRO’s and anyone in a HR Leadership, People Analytics or HR Business Partner role.

    Support for this podcast is brought to you by Panalyt. To learn more, visit https://www.panalyt.com.

    • 31 min
    49. What is the Impact of Virtual and Hybrid Working on Innovation? (Interview with Michael Arena)

    49. What is the Impact of Virtual and Hybrid Working on Innovation? (Interview with Michael Arena)

    There should be little doubt that human capital is a firm's greatest asset, however, this isn't enough. Organisations must also ensure that individuals are relationally positioned for success. In other words, bringing in the best people is only part of the solution. Firms must also bring out the best in people and that requires us to more intentionally leverage social capital. Those are not my words, although I wholeheartedly agree with their sentiment, but of Michael Arena, my guest for this week's episode of The Digital HR Leaders podcast.

    Michael is the author of the brilliant book, Adaptive Space, How General Motors and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming Into Agile Organisations. He is also a faculty member in Penn's Masters in Organisational Dynamics and he is currently the VP for Talent and Development at Amazon Web Services. He is also one of the world's foremost experts on Organisational Network Analysis.

    In our conversation, Michael and I discuss:


    Why social capital is the next frontier for HR and how to measure it through the use of active and passive ONA
    Why the pandemic will likely fast forward the future of work by five or ten years
    The critical role that social capital plays in generating, incubating and scaling innovation
    The potential implications to bridge connections of a shift to virtual and hybrid work environments
    Some typical use cases and specific examples of how ONA can be used in relation to understanding collaboration, M&A, research and development, culture and employee wellness
    How to ensure ONA initiatives deliver value for the business and the workforce and properly address any concerns on ethics, privacy, and trust
    What HR can do to prepare their organisations for an increase in remote and hybrid working

    This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in Innovation, Culture, People Analytics, Employee Experience and Social Capital. So that is Business Leaders, CHROs and anyone in a Talent Development, People Analytics, D&I or HR Business Partner role.

    Support for this podcast is brought to you by Panalyt. To learn more, visit https://www.panalyt.com.

    • 41 min
    48. How to Democratise People Analytics to Drive Agile Decision Making (Interview with Daniel West)

    48. How to Democratise People Analytics to Drive Agile Decision Making (Interview with Daniel West)

    My guest on this episode of the podcast is Daniel West. His 20 years of experience in HR Leadership roles at data-driven companies like Uber and Apple have taught him how analytics can drive business performance, improve customer outcomes and enrich employee experience and culture. Daniel is now the founder and CEO of Panalyt and the technology his firm provides is helping organisations bring together and democratise their people and business data and enrich it further with external and social capital data to drive decision-making.

    In our conversation, Daniel and I take a deep dive into organisational network analysis and how social capital data can be linked to performance, engagement, sales and innovation. We also discuss:


    The level of analytical skills required by HR professionals and what we can learn from our counterparts in Marketing
    The impact of democratising data across business stakeholders and how this drives more agile decision making and improved business outcomes
    The critical role of ethics and trust in People Analytics
    A great example of how a Japanese company had to virtually onboard over 200 new starters due to the pandemic and used People Analytics to help that effort
    What HR can do to prepare their organisation for an increase in remote and hybrid working

    This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in People Analytics, Employee Experience and Social Capital.

    Support for this podcast is brought to you by Panalyt. To learn more, visit https://www.panalyt.com.

    • 42 min
    47. How Bayer is Redefining the Workplace around Purpose, Innovation and Culture (Interview with Melissa Harper)

    47. How Bayer is Redefining the Workplace around Purpose, Innovation and Culture (Interview with Melissa Harper)

    We are in the midst of the biggest global pandemic for a century, combine that with social unrest, an economic crisis, and at the same time, rapid business transformation, then the role of the HR function has never been so important.

    One company where HR has really come to the fore during the crisis is Bayer. My guest on this episode of the podcast is Melissa Harper, Senior Vice President for HR Innovations at Bayer. With more than 30 years of HR experience, Melissa has been at the forefront of Bayer's response to the crises of 2020 and efforts to redefine the workplace around purpose, innovation, and culture.

    In our conversation, Melissa and I discuss:


    Why Bayer’s people first philosophy, has been critical to the company's response to the crisis and its efforts to redefine the workplace of the future
    How Bayer is incorporating some of the positives that have emerged in 2020 such as faster, more distributed decision making and increased employee listening to enhance its innovative culture
    Bayer's approach to inclusion and diversity and how this is premised on taking action on the talent challenges that arise
    How digital analytics and culture provide the connective tissue around the workforce at the company
    What HR can do to prepare their organisation for an increase in remote and hybrid working

    This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in Inclusion and Diversity, Culture, Employee Experience and Innovation. So that's Business Leaders, CHROs and anyone in a People Analytics, Workforce Planning, I&D or HR Business Partner role.

    Support for this podcast is brought to you by Panalyt. To learn more, visit https://www.panalyt.com.

    • 35 min

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Mark Colgan ,

Awesome show!

David is awesome at interviewing key guests and teasing out the valuable knowledge they have to share. If you really care about the future of work, you definitely should listen to this podcast. Thanks David!

dirkp ,

Outstanding for HR leaders and professionals

Thoughtful, insightful, and my way to keep ahead of new trends in HR

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Great broadcast

I enjoyed all the episodes, unique content, a must listen broadcast for HR professionals

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