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Welcome to issue #14 of The Digital HR Leader...

When Jonathan Ferrar and I created the Nine Dimensions of Excellence in People Analytics model, we identified seven of the most critical questions to help HR leaders create a roadmap to be more successful at people analytics.
The role of the leader is critical to the success of people analytics
One of these seven questions centres on the crucial role of the Head of People Analytics. I have yet to come across an organisation that is successful at people analytics that doesn’t have an inspirational leader. Business acumen, political astuteness, managing stakeholders, complexity and change, as well as ensuring the team’s work drives measurable outcomes are just some of the many qualities required.
How do you combine the Global Head of People Analytics and Chief Data Officer for HR roles?
There are obviously a lot of synergies between data and analytics. One person who understands that better than most is Eden Britt, who combines being Global Head of People Analytics with the role of Chief Data Officer for HR at HSBC. Eden talks to me about both roles in 
EP5 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast and video series, which is available on myHRfuture today. Eden is one of the most respected leaders in the field, so I know you’ll enjoy listening to How to Build a People Analytics team in a Global Organisation.


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Want to hear from more people analytics leaders?
If so, 
you’ll be happier than eighties band Altered Images as the entire ‘Content we’re loving this week’ section is devoted to articles by or about people analytics leaders. These articles by Dawn Klinghoffer, Arun Chidambaram, Patrick Coolen, Keith McNulty and Guru Sethupathy – of Microsoft, Pfizer, ABN AMRO, McKinsey and Capital One respectively are a perfect complement to Eden’s podcast. We hope you enjoy them.
Thank You
Thanks to all of you who shared last week’s newsletter as well as 
EP4 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast with Yvette Cameron particularly: Hanadi El Sayyed, Hans Mangelschots, Ben Gledhill, Tynan Allan, Riina Hellström, Alexandra McIntosh, John Gunawan, Nuria Rojo, Bridgette Morehouse, Nadine North, Veerle Van der Cruyssen, Becky Lindsay, Tefik Ismaili, Gareth Jones, Norberts Erts and Arnaud Teil.
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New content from myHRfuture!

In my round-up of the best data-driven HR and people analytics articles for May, I feature a slew of articles on how data can help understand, shape and improve employee experience. Articles are also featured on how people data can support initiatives around leadership, organisational development, learning and performance. There’s also a special on the increased use of AI in HR and the ramifications, and guidance on how to build and scale a people analytics function.

Read more | 10 min read

What is blockchain, how can it be used in HR and how might blockchain be used to create an “Internet of Careers”. Learn the answers to all of those questions in this video and transcript from a conversation between David Green and the guest on this week’s Digital HR Leaders podcast episode: Yvette Cameron, Founder and Principal Analyst at Next-Gen Insights. Yvette is a true expert in the HR technology space having previously been Global Head of Strategy at SAP SuccessFactors and Research Director of Human Capital Management technology at Gartner. Yvette is working closely with a number of HR technology companies to think about how blockchain could be used to revolutionise the situation around data ownership.

Read more | 5 min read

Content we're loving, this week...

Every New Employee Needs an Onboarding “Buddy”
Dawn Klinghoffer, Candice Young and Dave Haspas
In her latest article, written together with two members of her team, Dawn outlines the findings of a program involving 600 employees at Microsoft, which found three key ways buddies help new hires have a successful on-boarding experience.   

Read more | 7 min read 
The role of the people analytics leader: Part 1Part 2
Arun Chidambaram

In this two-part article, Arun shares with me the key responsibilities and challenges involved in being a successful people analytics leader, which as FIG 1indicates includes a multitude of intra- and inter- team responsibilities.
FIG 2: Emergent Leadership Model (Source: WEF, Paolo Gallo and Vlatka Hlupic)
Patrick has been an inspiration to many in our field with his regular articles on the evolution of people analytics at ABN AMRO. One of his most popular articles is his 10 Golden Rules. You might also want to check out his latest article (with Luuk Sombezki) on the 10 Golden Rules of Continuous Employee Listening. It’s another gem…

Read more | 5 min read
Keith has been building the people analytics team at McKinsey for two years and outlines here a six-step methodology he has evolved to support decision making and increase business impact (see FIG 2). We’ve just recorded an episode of the Digital HR Leaders podcast with Keith, so look out for that in the coming months. It’s definitely one to look forward to.

Read more | 7 min read
FIG 2: The Analytics Value Lifecycle (Source: Keith McNulty)
Guru tells me more about how he has transformed and scaled the people analytics team at Capital One over the last two years, which has seen the size of the team triple to 75 people.

Read more | 6 min read
Finally, Jonathan Ferrar outlines the key skills required by a Head of People Analytics and explains why forward-thinking CHROs will want to have the people analytics leader report to and be accountable directly to them.
Read more | 6 min read

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