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HR Transformation: Building Human Resources From the Outside In 1st Edition

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About the Author

Dave Ulrich is an author, speaker, management coach, and consultant.
Wayne Brockbank is a Clinical Professor of Business of the Strategic Human Resource Planning Program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Jon Younger career has been a mix of consulting, executive management and HR leadership.
Justin Allen is the Managing Director of The RBL Institute and a consultant with the firm.
Mark Nyman
is a Principal with The RBL Group.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071638709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071638708
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Ulrich is a Professor of Business at the University of Michigan and a co-founder of The RBL Group, a consulting firm that helps organizations and leaders deliver value. He has published many books and over 100 articles.

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I have read and reviewed all of the other books that Dave Ulrich has authored or co-authored and consider this one to be his most informative and most valuable thus far. Written in collaboration with Justin Allen, Wayne Brockbank, Jon Younger, and Mark Nyman, Ulrich and his RBL associates offer what they characterize as "a handbook for HR transformation" in which they synthesize and summarize everything they have learned about it. Specifically, what a transformation is and what it requires; what it isn't; what works, what doesn't, and why; how to plan it; how to mobilize the resources needed (especially people); how to launch it; how to measure progress throughout the transformation initiatives; and how to apply the lessons learned to sustain a constant refinement of what HR is and does to increase its impact and value.

Here is a brief excerpt from the Introduction: "Simply stated, we propose that the biggest challenge for HR professionals today is to help their respective organizations succeed." Obviously, to accomplish this worthy objective, the authors correctly assert that there are certain factors that must be present. Here are three:

1. It is imperative that the HR professionals themselves recognize the authenticity of this challenge and not only accept but embrace it as a unique opportunity for their own development but also for what the transformation will enable their organization to accomplish.

2. It is even more important that senior managers recognize the need for the transformation and commit to its completion whatever resources that may require. They must also be patient. Change initiatives worthy of the name are messy, complicated, unpredictable, and sometimes stalled temporarily.
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Time and again, we have the world of HR being revisited - in the hope that we discover something new. That the effectiveness of HR is not going to be co-related to the HR Leader in that organization or that transactional focus is IT! Jokes apart, this book does raise the bar and the level of insight it provides to us.

It is very specific, and helpful in terms of ensuring that HR is linked, derived from and responsive to the business it serves. One has to be a careful reader, as one could miss a gem like' Simply stated, we propose that the biggest challenge for HR professionals today is to help their respective organizations succeed' Or the fact that a HR function needs to be able to answer the following questions "Who are we? What do we deliver? And, why do we do it?" - for it to have any hopes of survival or earn the basic modicum of credibility in today's business context.

I'm particularly thrilled that the authors dedicate a little bit to what they call - "Contribution" - as a part of what drives the understanding of talent (Talent = Competence x commitment x Contribution). It's about helping employees find meaning in the organization where they spend most of their waking time - in the context that the same meaning used to be provided by family, neighbourhoods, hobby groups and religious affiliations.

As a practicising HR Professional, I get some inspiration as to what a really comprehensive HR function would look like. As well as the extremely useful multi-media tools provided.

What leaves me a little cold, is I wonder if the context is truly global. Whether the recommendations and approach will work in a world where the dominance of historical markets is starting to shift.
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As a Human Resource Professional, whether you are an Individual Contributor, a Manager, Director, or VP; if you feel you are not being respected as a strategic partner in your company, this book will show you how to think and behave differently to transform your HR to create value. This book and the accompanying tools will guide you toward a solid understanding of what is needed to make a transformation from "doing" HR to being a full partner in the business.
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A great book for Human Resources leaders. HR leaders can get caught up in the sturm and drang of day-to-day demands and not take the time and effort to think about methodically upgrading the function, much less actually do it. The RBL Group provides a very helpful guide to achieving that goal. The book is relentless in tying HR activity to business outcomes, with an emphasis on measuring the outputs of HR in sensible ways. There is a healthy mix of ideas and practical implementation suggestions here. The authors are not overly prescriptive; they advise the reader in the beginning of the book that the approach they offer should be adapted, not adopted. The book also has an interesting feature in that it provides links to the RBL web site which has both further explanation of the key concepts and tools for implementing the transformation. Highly recommended to any HR leader who wants to step up to the challenge of taking their organization to the next level. This is also a great tool for General Managers who want to engage their HR leaders in upgrading the function.
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