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Welcome to issue #6 of The Digital HR Leader...

I’m sure many of you watched enthralled on Sunday as Tiger Woods completed one of the greatest sporting resurrections by winning his first major for 11 years and his first Masters since 2005.
 
Supreme talent allied to a steely mindset, longevity and an indefatigable work ethic is something that separates Woods and his rival as GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Jack Nicklaus from the rest. It’s a similar story in tennis with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.  
 
Sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference. I recently attended the Wharton People Analytics Conference (see Inclusion, Networks & Nudges), where six-times Olympics Gold Medal winner Allyson Felix was interviewed by Daniel Pink. Having won silver in the 200 metres at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Felix explained that she and her coaching team analysed everything from her technique, performance at different stages of the race and her training routine to make a number of small improvements. It is minimal small tweaks that enabled Felix to finally turn silver into gold at the 2012 Olympics.
 
The science of nudging was also covered by Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler at the Wharton People Analytics Conference, with the premise being that 
small incremental behavioural changes can deliver significant and substantial business results. It’s a fascinating science and one that is also covered in one of this week’s articles below.
 
Come and see me speak in London
Next week, I’ll be co-chair of the People Analytics & Future of Work (PAFOW) conference, which takes place in London on 24th and 25th April and has an all-star cast of speakers. There are still a few tickets left, which 
you can get a £200 reduction from by heading over to the PAFOW site and using my discount code DG200.
 

Thank You
I hope you enjoy this week’s edition and if you do, please recommend a colleague 
subscribes to this newsletter.
 
Thanks to Aisling Scott, Darren Kaplan, Andrew Marritt, Vijay Bankar, Stacia Garr, Richard Rosenow, Erica Briody, Queta Orozco, George LaRocque, Corey Van Patten, Ben Teusch, Jayashree Gambhir, Laura Baglivo, Soumyasanto Sen, Martin Hoyes, Sofia Viola and Amanda Webster who were amongst the many people who supported 
last week’s edition. Your support is much appreciated.

Until next time!
 
David
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In this fascinating article Ben Zweig explores the impact that human capital has on the value of an organisation. He discusses how the possibility of gathering large scale web data has allowed data vendors like Thinkum to provide organisations with the ability to analyse new relationships that were not previously considered such as the linkages between human capital and financial outcomes.


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In the myHRfuture online training course An Introduction to AI and the Future of WorkIan Bailie and Soumyasanto Sen help us break down the hype around artificial intelligence, automation and augmentation and understand the effect it is actually having on HR. In this instructional video and blog post, Ian gives an overview of the four key areas that AI is disrupting and where it’s having the biggest impact on the HR function.


Read more | 4 min read
Content we're loving, this week...
Answer these 6 questions before setting up a ‘nudge’ unit 
Anna Güntner, Konstantin Lucks and Julia Sperling-Magro 
With behavioural economics and ‘nudges’ increasingly entering the HR and people analytics, this McKinsey article is timely. It looks at six areas to consider before setting up a nudge unit. Two of the considerations cover i) how to demonstrate impact and, ii) ethics. A solid read. 
 
 
A brilliant article from Tiffany McDowell and Siri Anderson called 'How network analysis can lead to more successful organizational redesigns', which outlines that against a climate of 90% of companies exploring organisational design, how ONA helps leaders understand the formal and informal networks in their company, and consequently provide insights that result in more successful organisational redesign and business performance. 
 
 

NEW People Analytics Course 

The objective of this course is to provide you with some practical insights on how to think through the critical steps of a people analytics project and to use statistical tests in both Excel and R to answer the hypothetical business question that you are faced with. As part of this course, you are provided with an Excel dataset and a R script that you can use as you follow along with the instructions in the videos. On completing this course, you will have a better understanding of how to get started with using statistics in your people analytics projects, and on how to move from Excel to using R for a multiple linear regression model.

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