I attended the HCI Onboarding conference in Chicago last week. The full title is “Onboarding Socialization: A Progressive Strategy to Retain Results-Driven Employees.
All of the presenters were really good – my old friend Peter Weinberg from Buck – a real pro with lots of depth in HR strategy and strong knowledge of the degree of difficulty of implementing anything globally. Peter has a keen sense of what is required for success in this field.
Judith Glaser – an Organizational Anthropologist – she really understands the human dynamics of complex organizations – and has great experience, insight and approaches for helping people work together more effectively. I will be getting her book The DNA of Leadership for further elucidation.
Next up was Sally Colella who gave a fascinating overview of how SNA (Social Network Analysis) can really help companies figure out what is really going on – how power really flows in the organization. I am very interested in her work as I have other interests in this type of thing ( MotiveQuest ) . Sally also had the *organizational* money quote of the day . . . “culture eats strategy for lunch”. I love that one.
Finally Brian Platz – EVP of SilkRoad Technology– gave us a view into how their technology platform is helping global organizations like Eaton and Freescale streamline the onboarding and HCM process. Really interesting stuff.
I signed up for this event – but wasn’t going to attend because I was too busy doing my day-to-day stuff. I am really glad I did because it really opened my eyes. The battle for talent has always been fierce, but there are some tools and approaches available that can really help you dominate your competition.