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Stacia Sherman Garr, Co-founder & Principal Analyst, RedThread Research

RESPONDING IS THE NEW LISTENING

By Stacia Sherman Garr

As organizations try to compete more effectively in the current hot talent market, many have focused increasingly on listening to employees, in an effort to create a better “employee experience.” Companies are using a variety of tactics, such as design thinking and agile development methods, as well as new tools, such as employee listening and survey technologies (vendors include Culture Amp, Glint, TinyPulse, and Waggl, among others), to inform programs and experiences that are much more holistic, consistent, and responsive to employees. This is good. But it isn’t enough.

Stacia will be presenting The Responsive Organizations—Creating an Employee Experience That Can Drive Business Results at PeopleFWD 2018.

John Deehan, Principal Consultant, Sopra Steria

HITTING THE NAIL ON THE HEAD OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

By John Deehan

I’ve worked in transformational change and operations improvement my entire career, and I want to help practitioners avoid some of the same mistakes I’ve made.

Take working with manufacturing companies, for example. Sometimes, leaders at the top of these organizations exhibit an almost militaristic approach to control and treat their employees like parts of the bigger machine. Managers frequently take a mechanistic approach to change (which is where you might hear things like the expression to ‘drive’ change).

John will be presenting Building Stronger Alliances through Strategic Partner Selection at PeopleFWD 2018.

Sherrie Haynie, Director, US Professional Services, CPP

Revealing Candidate’s Kryptonite & Superpower Means One Less Hiring Mistake

By Sherrie Haynie

We've all been there: you hear the annoying jingle on the radio and now the song is stuck in your head all day. Working with a recent client, the song “Kryptonite” (by the band Three Doors Down) was on repeat in my head. Fortunately, I like the song so it wasn’t too bad.

The client was trying to select the best candidate for a job. They’d narrowed the candidates to two highly qualified people…

Sherrie will be presenting Future Human Leaders – traits of the top 3% at PeopleFWD 2018.

Wayne Cascio, Professor of Management, University of Colorado

FROZEN OCEANS, SUNKEN SHIPS, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP

By Wayne Cascio

It is 1914, and there are no satellite communications, no GPS, and definitely no iPhones. Once you are out of sight you have no way to communicate with people located elsewhere.

You’re the leader of an Antarctic expedition, and your first order of business is to choose your crew carefully. And then plan, meticulously. You need to make sure your boat is sturdy enough, so you reinforce the bow with timbers four-feet thick. As you load raw wooden crates of supplies and provisions onto your boat, you think about your goal – to become the first team ever to cross entire Antarctic Continent on foot.

Wayne will be presenting Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Survival Story Ever Told at PeopleFWD 2018.

Mary Young, Principal Researcher, Human Capital, The Conference Board

DON’T BE LEFT IN THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION DUST – HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE SHAPE OF MAINSTREAM ORGANIZATIONS

By Mary Young

Pyramids are exalted symbols in organizations. They’re a metaphor for the workforce itself: the broad base of entry-level employees, gradually narrowing to the managerial ranks, and tapering further to an elite cadre of senior executives who have climbed the ladder and get rewarded for their knowledge and success, and eventually made it to the top. The higher up someone ascends, the greater their expertise and decision-making power. At the very pinnacle sits the chief executive, master or mistress of all that she or he surveys.

Mary will be presenting Driving Digital Transformation: What Does it Take to Lead at PeopleFWD 2018.