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Welcome to issue #13 of The Digital HR Leader...

With apologies to Spurs supporters, there’s only one place to start this week and that’s with Liverpool’s triumph in the Champions League at the weekend.
 
How data helped Liverpool win the Champions League
I’ve been a fanatical supporter of Liverpool since I was a small boy, and I’ve now seen Liverpool lift the most prestigious trophy in European football six times. This was the first time that data and analytics played a significant part.
 
According to a fascinating recent New York Times article, 
more than other major clubs, Liverpool incorporates data analysis into the decisions it makes, from the corporate to the tactical. Coupled with Jurgen Klopp's inspiring leadership, strong team camaraderie and some wonderful talent, Liverpool's use of data and analysis has helped propel it back into the elite of European football.
 
Why data is more essential than ever in HR
For football, read HR because as my recent collaboration with Lars Schmidt in Fast Company describes, implemented correctly, 
people analytics can radically improve a company’s bottom line. One of the challenges for organisations in unlocking the value of people analytics and workforce data is data privacy and ownership. A possible answer lies in the rich promise of Blockchain.
 
The promise of Blockchain more than justifies the hype
We’re fond of hyping new technologies in HR, but I sense that the buzz around Blockchain is actually being underplayed. My confidence in this belief was reinforced when I spoke recently with industry analyst Yvette Cameron in 
EP 4 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast. Of the many insights Yvette provides in Will Blockchain Disrupt the Future of HR Technology perhaps most significant is how Blockchain could fundamentally shift the status quo on employee data being owned by companies to a future where the data is very much owned by the individual worker.

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How will Blockchain affect the future of HR?
Whilst I was sorely tempted to devote the ‘Content we’re loving this week’ section of the newsletter to articles about Liverpool’s success, most of you will be pleased to learn that I have demurred. Instead, I have included a selection of articles on blockchain and how it will potentially play a huge role in the future of HR. I hope readers enjoy the articles we’ve chosen.
 
Thank You
To all of you that commented and/or shared last week’s newsletter and/or Episode 3 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast with Didier Elzinga. Whilst I can’t say a personal thank you here to all of you, I would like to highlight the following: 
Or Arieli, Emily Klein, Danielle Guzman, JD Peterson, Walaa Elrouby, Martin Hoyes, Catherine de la Poer, Queta Orozco, Jessica Deakin, Tanja Fleissner, Ben Newman, Chloe Sesta Jacobs, David Lim, Michal Gradhstein, Sarah Brennan, Anthony Spangenberg, Sasha Arjannikova and Oliver Spanke. Last but not least, a big thank you to Lars Schmidt for inviting me to collaborate on our Fast Company article on people analytics.
 
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That’s all for this week.
 
David

New content from myHRfuture!

Despite plenty of scientific evidence that shows that psychometric assessments are a better predictor of performance than most other talent assessment methods, there is still a lot of confusion, myths and misconceptions around the use of talent assessments to effectively identify and select talent. In our online training course How to Use Assessments for Talent Identification, globally renowned psychologist, author, and entrepreneur, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic helps us break down some of these myths and misconceptions. In our bite-sized learning video below, Tomas gives an overview of how we might determine what makes for a good assessment. .

Read more | 5 min read

How do you create a Culture First company, and how do you measure your progress against a backdrop of greater employee expectations, rapid advances in technology and changing work models? Also, given the increasingly turbulent times in which we live, how do you adapt and evolve your company culture?

That’s the topic of last week’s podcast and this video clip from last week’s interview with Didier Elzinga, CEO and Founder of Culture Amp.






Read more | 6 min read

Content we're loving, this week...

Together: Building the Internet of Careers
Yvette Cameron, Dror Gurevich, Eitan Katz, Velocity Network
More detail on the initiative Yvette described in our podcast discussion that she is involved with to harness blockchain technology to build the “Internet of Careers."This Velocity Network is designed to enable individuals to own their human capital data, choose whether or not to share it, and even sell it and earn revenue on that sale.
 
Blockchain and the Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrew Spence, Blockchain Research Institute
Along with Yvette, Andy Spence is my go-to person when it comes to learning how blockchain will revolutionise HR. This guide for HR leaders on how blockchain can help transform the HR Function and the Market for Skills, Talent, and Training is a must-read. Also check this video of Andy speaking at the recent People Matters HR Tech conference in Singaporeas well as his curated publication on Medium ‘Blockchain and the Distributed Workforce’
 
FIG 2: Emergent Leadership Model (Source: WEF, Paolo Gallo and Vlatka Hlupic)
Laetitia Vitaud is one of the writers featured in Andy’s Medium publication and is one of my favourite writers on future HR trends. In this article she explains how “Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the world of work profoundly, improve how labour markets work, increase transparency and equality, empower smaller parties…basically address some of the biggest challenges in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work”.
 
 
In this wide-ranging analysis of the latest thinking on employee experience, Ian Bailie also tackles the issue of data ownership, concluding that HR should lead the charge for workers to own their own data, so they can take it with them when they leave and build intrinsic value for managing their careers and promoting lifelong employability.

Read more | 5 min read
 

Events to checkout


Meet me at CogX in London on June 10th
I’m particularly excited about CogX, as I’ll be interviewing the brilliant Leena Nair – surely one of the most progressive and prominent CHROs on the planet. My sparring partner at myHRfuture, Ian Bailie, will also be hosting a panel with Blair Hopkins, Andrew Marritt and Alexa Lightner. As a valued reader of the Digital HR Leaders newsletter I wanted to share a discount code with you for a FREE pass for the HR stage at CogX.
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