The best business minds of our times have understood that people are critical to success.
A great HR leader is arguably still the most valuable person in an organisation. What has changed is the function of the CHRO role in today's age of disruption. On top of navigating the complex challenges of the labour market, the modern CHRO has to tackle critical issues such as changing demographics, the speed of change and the corresponding role of technology while also managing workplace culture and employee engagement.
Some of the more specific challenges facing today’s CHRO are:
Dealing with alternative workforce arrangements.
Creating effective teams when there are multiple generational cohorts.
The increasingly high-tech world of HR.
The good news is that boards of directors have and will increasingly view the CHRO as critical to long-term business sustainable success. However, as their role continues to rapidly evolve, CHROs will require new and broader skill sets that allow them to tackle the changes and challenges of today's disruptive times.
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The books cover concepts such as how to come out of this crisis stronger, culture, leadership agility and learning, what makes great teams. Also included are essential skills to enable us to start having conversations about moving forward while taking appropriate actions.
Facilitation is like skiing. Preparation, practice and picking the right line are essential
Facilitation is like skiing. Preparation, practice and picking the right line are essential. In other words, know your audience, know the outcome desired, and introduce a facilitation approach (style) that best fits the situation.
John Burdett outlines four facilitation styles. One size doesn't fit all. A masterful facilitator sees the four approaches as a rich pallet of behaviours to be mixed, matched and blended as the situation demands.
Excellence in facilitation shares much with what it means to be an outstanding coach
Few companies teach facilitation as part of their leadership development agenda. And yet, if we want collaboration, if we want to grow teams, if we want to challenge talent in a meaningful way … being able to get the best out of meeting of minds becomes pretty important.
Excellence in facilitation shares much with what it means to be an outstanding coach:
Conduct with a hidden baton but don't start to play any of the instruments
Come with a beginner's mind … be open to being surprised
Pass power to the participants
Ask great questions
Push for clarity around what the real issue is but avoid suggesting potential solutions
Listen, listen, listen
Summarise what has been agreed to
Push for objective action regarding next steps
Good luck on your next opportunity to facilitate. It is one of the most difficult but at the same time rewarding leadership skills. Remember, from a career perspective, bringing the best out of a group session is something of a forgotten art.
Organisations are facing a complex mix of talent management challenges in a world marked by talent shortage and digital transformation. The following research and analysis presents a set of key skills development tactics to help close the skills gaps.
The best business minds of our times have understood that people are critical to success. A great HR leader is arguably still the most valuable person in an organisation, but what has changed is the function of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) role in today's age of disruption. Darren Raycroft explains some of the more specific challenges facing today's CHRO.