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The 6 Principles Governing the New Strategic HR Professional

Categories: HR Event, Workshop

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In most strategic conversations there is a moment of truth that divides the true HR professional from all other pretenders. This 6-hour workshop is designed to help the HR professional navigate the changing world of HR. With the digitization of HR, cloud HRM, increasing risks to privacy, social responsibility, and the pending AI revolution, understanding people and linking their behavior to strategic objectives has once again become the central challenge of any organization.

In 2018, every HR pro should be prepared to talk about the key elements of their work in both formal strategy sessions and in everyday, one-on-one hallway discussions. Using the six principles of strategic thinking the New Strategic HR Professional can bring wisdom, judgement, and insight into the conversation when it matters most.

SPEAKER:  Greg Davidson

Several years of consulting assignments made it clear that the leverage a company or an individual enjoys is almost always due to how they manage talent. The best strategic thinkers are driven by personalities rather than market positions. And yet, strategy conversations seem much more focused on organizing, delegating, and scheduling goals rather than on how to create personal and organizational leverage.

Greg Davidson founded The Nature of Strategic Thinking in 2007 with the idea that strategy was about creating synergy and market leverage. Greg’s consulting career started with Stephen R. Covey and the Covey Leadership Center and included senior executive positions in the merged FranklinCovey Company. He was the Managing Director for FranklinCovey Europe and has lived and worked internationally for six years. Before his consulting career, Greg worked at 3M and, as an analyst, did research for First Interstate Bank, Space Dynamics Laboratory, AT&T and World Bank.

Greg has a Masters Degree in Econometrics from the University of California, San Diego and is currently one of 30 nationally recognized HR professionals who serve as Technical Advisers to the ISO TC260 for HR Standards and Metrics. He is GPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. The Nature of Strategic Thinking, a small consulting firm that builds strategic competency. Clients include some of the world’s most admired organizations including Boeing, Walmart, Tyson Foods, Toyota, and Southwest Airlines. Greg has spent over 20 years helping companies and organizations develop leaders and increase effectiveness.


8:30 AM--Welcome and Introductions

8:50 AM--Expectations and Objectives
9:00 AM--What Distinguishes a True HR Pro From the Amateur

Compare critical thinking pro’s with checkbox amateurs
Detect real advances in HR from the vendor squirrels
Introduce the 6 Principles of Strategic Thinking
9:30 AM--1) Get the Facts

Learn to employ observation skills in an era of big data
Introduce 3 elements of organizational strategy and where HR input is critical

10:45 AM--2) Create Options

Review Design and Agile principles that solve HR problems
11:30 AM--Lunch

12:15 PM--3) Decide

Review decision-making literature
1:15 PM--4) Execute

Learn how to create strategic advantage
Re-enforce how building talent is more important than finding it
2:00 PM--BREAK

2:15 PM--5) Evaluate

Learn the 4 metrics every HR Pro should know off the top of their heads

3:15 PM--6) Ponder

Learn how to ask good, sound, quality questions
Build commitment to customize and apply principles
3:45 PM--Putting It All Together

4:00 PM--Conclude


SPEAKER: Greg Davidson

JBU Rogers Center
2807 W Ajax Ave Ste 200
Rogers, Ar 72758-6231