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Vice President, Office of Innovation
I work with the various business units of KellyOCG to help architect solutions for clients with global expansion plans. Translation: I help clients cut through the workforce challenges arising from rapid globalization. I also spend a good deal of time on thought leadership activities, whether that’s an opening keynote for a SHRM State Conference, a guest lecture at a university in Asia, or a workshop on globalisation for a roomful of Indians. I also author white papers on current issues affecting HR professionals. Previously based in Singapore, I now camp out at our World Headquarters in Detroit (Troy), Michigan, USA. Before this role, I was head of international HR for Kelly. I've spent the last 19 years of my career focused on cross-border HR.
Of the ‘Top 10 concerns of CEOs’, seven of them are people-related. This means that 70% of HR’s priority work is of direct importance to the CEO. So, the challenge is not to make people issues count on the executive agenda, (they already do) it’s to help solve them.
First, you need to know what those seven concerns really are. Some of them will be unique to your business, others will be common across industries or even entire regions. To help solve them, the next generation HR professional must understand more about other areas of the business (not just HR) to know how the ‘people element’ is affecting productivity and the strategic agenda. Finding, securing, developing and retaining the right talent, at the right time, is critical to the executive agenda—and these are the gaps that only HR can fill.
There are several key forces that are re-shaping the global workforce, as well as the way we think about ‘work’. Read here more about it.