A true HR strategy is about more than HR

Elevating HR’s role to drive a sustainable business future

Posted by Arthur Mazor, Amy Sobey and Ken Kunkleman on November 15, 2017.

Despite HR’s evolution over the past 20 years, HR is not consistently creating sustainable business value for organizations. Only 20 percent of business executives believe HR is adequately planning for their companies’ future talent needs1. And, only 22 percent feel confident that their organization is adapting well to employees’ needs. Coupled with workplace and workforce disruptions, the challenge to HR is clear: step it up, or you could lose your seat at the table.

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Organizing for digital maturity: Why it matters, how to start

Posted by Anthony Abbatiello, Sarah Vassy, and Nathaniel Paynter on November 2, 2017.

Digital disruption has been a true game-changer for organizations, taking many of them from a “survive and thrive” mentality to one of “evolve or die,” with companies like Blockbuster and Borders serving as well-known cautionary tales. The latest global research study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital focuses on the race to digital maturity, which is proving to be a marathon rather than a sprint. The study reveals five key practices that distinguish more mature digital organizations, starting with making systemic changes in how they organize themselves.

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High-impact operating model design in action

Part 3: Putting behaviors at the forefront

Posted by
Tiffany McDowell
,  Uzair Qadeer, and Julia Rudansky on October 18, 2017.

By understanding how behaviors are both a crucial input and output of operating model design, organizations can effectively navigate the ever-changing market waters and create tomorrow’s customer-centric organization. In this series, we’ve discussed how a behavior-focused operating model can help reduce risk in business transformations, and ways operating model design influences behaviors (and vice versa). But, of course, knowing that behaviors are a crucial input and output of operating model design is only half the battle. How organizations put this thinking into practice is also essential to ensure the operating model does its intended job and drives the organization. In our final post, we look at this “how-to.”

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High-impact operating model design in action

Part 2: Realizing the ultimate influencer

Posted by Tiffany McDowell, Uzair Qadeer and Julia Rudansky on September 29, 2017.

In part one of our three-part series on designing operating models for high impact, we looked at the role of operating model design in driving and supporting the behaviors necessary for a desired business outcome. Here we look at examples of how operating models influence behavior and where the discussion of behaviors fits in the design process.

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High-impact operating model design in action

Part 1: Reducing the risk of a failed transformation

Posted by Tiffany McDowell,  Uzair Qadeer, and Julia Rudansky on September 20, 2017.

Influential and instrumental, operating models are a vital link connecting business vision to an organization’s design and ultimately to a company’s success or failure. In a truly remarkable way, operating model design acts as connective tissue between theory and reality. Yet effective operating model design tends to remain one of the least understood organizational topics and continues to evade armies of sophisticated professionals. In the first of our three-part series on high-impact operating model design, we look at the (often overlooked) role of operating models in achieving business transformation, particularly their role in enabling and supporting desired behaviors.

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Is your job architecture holding you back?

Posted by Ian Dawson and Jennifer Kwech on September 15, 2017.

Structured job hierarchies with defined roles, responsibilities, reward systems, and career paths may have supported business and HR needs in the past. But with the emphasis on “employee experience,” the modern workforce is demanding greater mobility and flexibility in their careers, with more focus on team-based learning, and a greater breadth of opportunity within the organization. High-performing companies have been able to address these evolving employee demands by examining and restructuring their company’s job titles, reward programs, and career paths. The result is often a flatter, more dynamic organization.

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“Leader-proof” your transformation efforts: Build or buy transformational leaders?

Posted by
Noah Rabinowitz
on August 23, 2017.

A critical decision when looking to transform your business is “who should lead the transformation?” Who are the leaders in my organization that are going to create exponential value? Who are the game changers? In a perfect world, this is an easy question to answer because you have a well-developed bench of ready, willing, and capable talent. In reality, however, this is actually much harder because organizations around the world face a shortage—not a surplus— of these unique transformational leaders. As a result, organizations often face a critical question—to build or to buy transformative talent?

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Using people analytics to get to High-Impact HR

Posted by  David Fineman on August 3, 2017.

High-Impact HR refers to an HR function that helps the business excel in key areas—adapting to market changes, introducing new products and services faster, being more responsive to customer needs, operating efficiently and cost-effectively, and beating the competition. People analytics, which is really a subset of business analytics, is a key enabler of High-Impact HR. Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report tells us that 71 percent of surveyed executives see people analytics as a high priority, and are applying it to talent challenges, as you might expect, particularly in recruiting and also in performance measurement, compensation, workforce planning, and retention.1 But it’s not just about HR—people analytics addresses business issues, too.

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