Workforce Digital Transformation Summit in Amsterdam

Workforce Digital Transformation Summit in Amsterdam – Key Take Aways

I’ve been participating in the Workforce Digital Transformation Summit taking place for two days in Amsterdam at that just ended. Two intense days of interesting presentations and discussions, covering a variety of topics all focused on Digital Transformation and the effects on companies and HR.  Day one of the Workforce Digital Transformation Summit Moderator of the day was Sven Sommerlatte. Besides being VP, Head of Human Resources of Sanofi, he also manages a blog, and a busy Youtube channel focused on Leadership and Management. His introduction covered the four key questions that were also the backbone of the event: How is Digital transforming our organisations? What Workforce do we need to respond to the Digital Requirements of the Future? How is Digital Impacting HR? How do we need to Transform HR? He made a very compelling case for the need for reconsidering the entire concept of Digital Transformation. Particularly interesting his point of view on the Workforce Needs, as he referred particularly on the Skills Shift that is happening, with the evolution not just on technical skills, but rather on the increased relative importance of social and …

The HR Congress in Nice - Day 2

HR Congress 2019 in Nice – Key TakeAways (Day 2)

I’m attending the HR Congress 2019 in Nice, and after my First Day Report, here are the wrap-up of the second day’s sessions. I tried to pull up the key learnings from the day and the main ideas that struck me. Intro session The morning plenary session was again moderated by Nigel Barlow, who also “won” the task to deliver the second speech of the day as prof. Adrian Furnham was, unfortunately, absent. In his intro, he made an excellent point about asking what’s the future of humans in the future of work, linking back again with the Human side of HR we need to focus on. An exciting keynote came from Vishen Lakhiani, entrepreneur and founder of Mindvalley. He spoke about “Hacking Cultures” to be more successful, creating a strong tie with the topic of Resilience seen on Day 1. He has introduced a fascinating concept, looking at four critical motivators of Human Actions (Meaning, Growth, Abundance and Happiness), that he has related to Maslow’s pyramid. The key focus as an organisation should be …

Key Take Aways from the HR Congress 2019 in Nice (Day 1)

I’m attending the HR Congress 2019 in Nice, and have pulled together a quick list of the key learnings from the first day sessions.  Intro session The main conference session was moderated by Nigel Barlow, who in his opening presentation focused on the topic of Curiosity, as a way to overcome the “Yes, But” syndrome which stifles innovation. His message is that we need to teach ourselves Ignorance, sometimes asking dumb questions to learn new things and move to a “What If” culture and sustain real change. Professor Julian Birkinshaw, the author of Fast Forward, focused on new organisational models and new skills to support transformation. The main message for Organisations is that We can fight complexity only with simplicity. As for skills, the main one is to unlearn and be “unreasonable”, linking in with Barlow’s “what if” attitude. In this phase, great leaders need to be “ambidextrous”, Mentor and Role models towards the inside of the org, and Spokespersons and Champions towards the outside building a constant tension with the purpose of the company. Claude Silver is the Chief Heart Officer at VeynerMedia. An enviable …