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January 12th 2018
HR Directors' Briefing Paper: Facing Disruption
Are you worried about potential disruptors within your business field and how they might affect the future of your organisation? Perhaps, you have identified some already and need effective strategies to prepare your business? In this paper we highlight some new or newish trends that may significantly influence your business and suggest some coping mechanisms to ensure that both HR and the overall business can survive in the face of new challenges.
What did 2017 look like for us? Well...nearly 2,000 HR professionals attended CRF-led events, with over 300 hours of learning delivered. 400 senior HR and business leaders joined us in Amsterdam for our 9th International Conference and 200 participants attended CRF Learning programmes. Download our 2017 summary to find out more about our key deliverables from the past 12 months.
Reclaiming Your Day: How Successful People Manage Collaborative Overload
The collaborative intensity of work has exploded over the past decade. Collaborative time demands have risen by more than 50 percent over the past decade, and most knowledge workers or leaders now spend 85 percent or more of their work time on email, in meetings and on the phone. To help address this critical issue, Rob's team conducted both quantitative and qualitative research over the past several years looking into collaborative overload.
Download this article, kindly shared with CRF by Rob Cross, to find out how top executive can reclaime 18 - 24% of their time spent on collaborative tasks.
This issue of Progress, CRF's e-magazine, is fifth in the series and covers a range of topics from future of work to finding your next executive search firm. Progress was launched to assist in the development of your role, to support your career and broaden your awareness of the changing business environment we operate in.
Why leaders seeking innovation must first embrace failure
Are you interested to boost innovation within your organisation, or see how HR can assist? Then read this article by Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, to understand why learning from failure matters and where leadership sits in this equation.
The biggest dangers to a company are the ones you don't see coming. Understanding these threats - and anticipating opportunities - requires strong peripheral vision. In this article, Paul Schoemaker expands on the concepts covered in his third talk at CRF's 8th International Conference.
Taboo Scenarios: How to Think About the Unthinkable
Taboos are a universal feature of social systems. Even the most avowedly open-minded organizations place tacit constraints on what can be said and even thought. Business leaders ignore these constraints at their peril. This article by Paul Schoemaker and Phil Tetlock examines the role of the sacred, profane, and taboo in society, and links these phenomena to the psychology of moral outrage.
Nelson Mandela's life story is one that transcends borders, race, language, and culture. In this article, Paul J. H. Schoemaker argues that Mandela's remarkable story holds valuable lessons for business leaders involved in managing profound change, and considers how the core of Mandela's strategy was to encourage racial harmony, forgiveness without forgetting, power sharing, and a strong focus on the future, not the past.
In rapidly changing business landscapes, executives need the ability to quickly spot both new opportunities and hidden risks. Asking the right questions can help you broaden your perspectives - and make smarter decisions. This article will show you how.
Superforecasting: How to Upgrade Your Company's Judgement
Imagine that you could dramatically improve your firm's forecasting ability, but to do so you'd have to expose just how unreliable its predictions - and the people making them - really are. Read this article by Paul Schoemaker and Philip Tetlock to find out what happened next.