IBM Focuses HR on Change

January 31st, 2012

It’s rare to find a corporate human resources function that accelerates change by actively finding ways to help drive new strategies. Most HR groups sit back and wait for requests from the business for administrative people transactions. In their role of stewards of policy compliance, they can tend to be a brake on change.

But not at IBM. Its HR function has been instrumental in the $100 billion company’s metamorphosis from a floundering computer manufacturer in the 1990s to a prosperous software and consulting services company today. HR has helped the organization absorb more than 125 acquisitions since 2000, and integrate globally, saving $6 billion since 2005.

Click here to read the entire article from Bloomberg Businessweek.


Why are some qualified executives unsuccessful in certain positions?

January 15th, 2012

“Our firm is often called upon to recruit senior level functional executives including human resources, financial, engineering, or information technology leaders. This recruiting work provides us a perfect vantage point to observe why the most senior level business people are either successful or unsuccessful in these functional roles. More than half of the searches that we do for functional leaders are to replace a person who is leaving because they were unsuccessful.

“Like good engineers, two years ago we conducted a careful failure analysis of these cases. Why were some seemingly well-qualified people unsuccessful in these sought-after positions? Our reason to study this was simply to improve our ability to evaluate candidates. But this is useful knowledge for other reasons. Any young business person who aspires to a senior functional leadership role might use the insight that we gained to tailor their own development actions and grow their careers.”

Click here to read the entire article from the Chicago Sun-Times LakeForester.


New Deloitte Report Explores Business-Driven HR Trends Impacting Growth and Profitability

January 1st, 2012

A new Deloitte report, “Global Business Driven HR Transformation: The Journey Continues,” explores the current trends shaping the way many companies are leveraging the HR function and their people to improve competitiveness, profitability and growth.

“Clients are constantly seeking information on the latest in HR transformation,” says Jason Geller, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and global and U.S. human resources (HR) transformation leader.  “Working closely with 40 of my colleagues globally, we’ve identified the leading practices that top companies are using to drive the most value from their HR organizations.”

Click here to read the entire report from Deloitte.


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