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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Creating community to drive high impact: The new role of communities of expertise (CoEs)

Posted by Arthur Mazor and Damion Tomlinson on July 25, 2017.

Disruptions in business and the workforce have made HR’s contribution to the success of the business not only more critical than ever but also more challenging. It has become necessary to rethink the way HR operating models are structured and how HR interacts with the rest of the enterprise. Communities of expertise (CoEs), a core component of the High-Impact HR Operating Model, have been affected by those disruptions, and must adapt and change to support HR’s ability to contribute to the business during the trying times ahead.

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HR in a digital workplace

HR in a digital workplace

Posted by Mark Bowden, Rajesh Attra, and Greg Vert on July 21, 2017.

Ever since the first industrial revolution, humans have needed to support processes by performing mundane, rule-based work. Now that technology is catching up in the digital revolution, humans can be released from those clerical and transactional roles to deliver the value of which we are capable. We see many examples in HR where this transition is already occurring. But the real opportunity is for HR to take ownership for blending and enabling a workplace mixed with human and digital talent, while leading the organization toward the augmented workforce of the future.

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Capabilities and containers

Both should be developed for Business HR impact

Posted by Arthur Mazor, Gary Johnsen, and Joanne Stephane on June 29, 2017.

Innovative companies realize the importance of driving performance and productivity through their workforce. Because of this reality, many business leaders have increasingly turned to HR to design programs that attract, develop, engage, and retain the very best talent and deploy solutions that support a culture of innovation. Historically, Business HR resources, commonly known as HR business partners, are expected to provide strategic consulting and coaching needed to guide the business in managing their workforce. Organizations have had, at best, mixed results. Rather than dialing up the strategic repertoire, many HR business partners continue to be mired in delivering administrative services, with little change since the 1990s.1 Why is this? How do we get out of this predicament?

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