The industrial era needed people to perform as cogs in the factory machine. The job of the ‘cog worker’ was to follow the process. The job of HR was to find the cogs and ensure they performed efficiently and compliantly. Thus HR was merely an extension of procurement.
This remains the case for many organisations today. However the factory model is unable to cope with increasing disruption and so the role of people is changing from cog worker to cognitive athlete.
Cognitive athletes are critical to innovation. Innovation is critical to market relevance. Innovation and thus people are central to organisational success in these increasingly disruptive times.
HR thus needs to evolve accordingly.
Sample subthemes to explore include:
- How to ensure talent management is represented in the c-suite.
- How to transform the HR function to reflect today’s new realities.
- How to create an environment that attracts and retains the best people.
Some of my clients…
What they are saying…
We wanted someone who would engage our leadership differently. Ade did this brilliantly. Engaging, fast paced and multifaceted. Just what was needed to shake things up a little in the last session of our conference!
We recently held a conference in Milan around “Digital” for our senior partners throughout the MED region (Italy, Spain and Portugal) and Ade joined us by VC as a keynote speaker. Even by VC Ade kept the audience captive with lots of note taking and it also provoked a lot of discussion after the event. One of the most compelling keynote speakers that we have had in the MED region.
Ade understands business and IT opportunities through the lens of executives and how to present this back in a concise manner with clear takeaways.
Ade spoke at an event for around 250 of our UK & Israel Technology team. Ade has a fantastic presentation style, and it was clear in the prep calls that he was able to take our overall theme of the event and link that to his presentation. I would highly recommend Ade as a motivational speaker and thought leader.
Ade McCormack sounds a much-needed clarion call for IT to “grow up” and become a mature business function.