Welcome to issue #15 of The Digital HR Leader...
Last week in two cities on two continents, I had the good fortune to witness at first hand two supremely talented people at the top of their games…
‘The more digitised we are, the more human we become’
First up on Monday last week, despite a biblical storm I headed up to CogX in London for a Fireside Discussion with Leena Nair on how Unilever is pioneering the use of AI and Analytics across HR.The building may have been a bit dilapidated, the roof leaking and the electricity not working, but Leena made the place come alive with her energy, passion and knowledge. She urged HR to “junk all the self-doubt and work with some swagger and confidence”,before reeling off several ways in which Unilever is using AI and analytics to improve business outcomes, employee experience and wellbeing. Leena is the epitome of what a 21stCentury HR leader should be – business focused, data driven, digitally savvy but above all making work better. Read the writeups of our discussion in the ‘Content we’re loving…’ section and be inspired.
The four phases required to evolve HR into a digital function
From London I flew to New York for three days of filming for forthcoming episodes of the Digital HR Leaders podcast and video series. Amongst the recordings we made was a discussion with Dave Ulrich. We talked about a whole series of topics including the steps involved in making HR a digital function. The conversation was absorbing and I know I learned a lot from being in such a close vicinity to the father of HR. Look out for the podcast when it is released at the end of the summer.
Catch up with Series 1 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast
Series 1 of the podcast is a wrap and we are taking a week’s break before Series 2 launches next week with Nick Holley. If you want to catch up with Series 1, head over to the podcast homepage and don’t forget to check out the videos too on the myHRfuture YouTube page. A huge thank you to our guests for Series 1: Sharon Doherty, Ed Houghton, Didier Elzinga, Yvette Cameron and Eden Britt as well as our Series 1 sponsor Culture Amp.
Ziggy played guitar…
Whether it was fireside chats, podcast recordings or articles I read everything I picked up seemed to be of the highest calibre last week – more like every track on Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as opposed to the snore fest that is the race to replace Theresa May as the next UK Prime Minister. Check out three of these brilliant articles in the ‘Content we’re loving…’ section below.
Thanks to all of you who shared last week’s newsletter as well as EP5 of the Digital HR Leaders podcast with Eden Britt particularly: Zahina Bibi, Pamela Davis-Bean, Erik Ottesen, Alexis Saussinan, Anantha Srinivasarangan, Norberts Erts, Debbie Harrison, Ellen Poissant, Anna Tavis, Stella Ioannidou, Kathi Enderes, David Shontz, Sophie Rwegera, Andrea Kirby, Lewis Garrad and Georgina Jarratt.
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That’s all for this week.