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Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award

August, 2018
Academy of Management

Lead the Work book

Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment

John Boudreau, Ravin Jesuthasan, & David Creelman

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Retooling HR: Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions about Talent

John Boudreau

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Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage

John Boudreau & Ravin Jesuthasan

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woHRk Bootcamp

Reimagining the Future of  Work + HR …Are You Ready?

Join The WoHRk Project co-founders, John Boudreau and Ian Ziskin for a challenging, fast-paced look at the changing world of work and HR. The WoHRk Bootcamp is a one-day practical look into the future, and to stimulate your thinking and ideas for ensuring you are ready for and relevant to the changing nature of work over the next ten years and beyond. During this very interactive experience, you will learn and utilize content and tools in ways you never have before. Please refer to the attached agenda for additional information about the program content and design.

We completed our first Bootcamp on May 2 in Fort Collins, Colorado to extremely positive reviews and requests for more, and we greatly appreciate the support. We look forward to working with you as a participant and/or host!  We have two Bootcamps scheduled this fall in US cities including:

September 10, 2018 in Leesburg, VA
Hosted by Two Roads Hospitality at Landsdowne Resort

October 10, 2018 in Kansas City, KS
Hosted by UMB Financial Corporation

Enrollment is filling up quickly for these Bootcamps and we hope you can join us! The fee to attend is $999 per person, which includes the program, meals, and post-program reception.  Anyone is welcome to attend, although we expect participants will primarily be mid-career HR leaders through CHROs, as well as consultants and other senior executives.

If you would like to volunteer your support by sponsoring a Bootcamp, we are still looking to partner with companies or organizations for additional Bootcamps in 2018. We are targeting cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as others. The more interest people have in working with us, the more Bootcamps we will be able to run, including at a location near you. We also always appreciate volunteer support by inviting people from your organizations or extended networks to attend Bootcamps as well.

The WoHRk Project is brand new and builds on more than five years of advising, coaching, researching, teaching, and writing on the future of work and HR by John and Ian. In addition, The WoHRk Project honors the great contributions of 100 volunteer HR leaders who have been part of prior phases of this work under the CHREATE Project banner during the past few years (visit to learn more). If you have not had a chance to download your copy of the FREE eBook, Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project   it is available now on Amazon.

Please contact WoHRk Project program manager, Kiley Merrill, at to volunteer as a host, or to RSVP for an upcoming WoHRk Bootcamp.

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Are Freelancers Your Best Performers? Applying Organizational Network Analysis to the Gig Economy

Whether you call it “gig,” “fluid” “liquid,” “agile,” or something else, an increasing proportion of work is done through engagements other than regular full-time employment. While estimates of the number of workers who fully support themselves with work outside of employment vary, the amount of work being done outside of employment (including contracting, freelancing, and moonlighting by regular employees) is increasing.

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Consider the Meander: How Attention to Timing Can Enhance Employee Engagement

Patterns in nature are remarkable, from the smallest to the largest scale: The symmetrical pointed star shows up in starfish and segments of fruit. The same fractal patterns are seen in leaf veins, wood grains and branches of trees. Fibonacci spirals are present in the nautilus shell, cabbage tissues and in the way droplets of water fly off a wet spinning ball. Another common pattern in nature is called a “meander.” It’s the pattern of up and down bends in a crawling snake, the folks of a coral plant and the path of a river.

All of these patterns are visible in the world around us, but what if they also existed in the invisible? Can, for instance, the meander pattern explain things we can’t see with the naked eye? Could a meander be present in human emotions and energy, and, as such, in work attitudes and productivity?

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It’s All Connected: Unearthing The Potential in Hidden Collaborative Networks

Over two decades of research, Cross and colleagues have found that 3-5% of people in a typical organization network account for 20-35% of the value-adding collaborations. Yet even sophisticated talent management systems tend to overlook about half of these central players.

Among other problems, this means that the people making your most significant collaborative contributions are not getting recognized, and research shows they often burnout and leave. To address this problem, Juniper Networks used ONA to identify “hidden stars” – those that are having a significant impact but being missed by a more traditional performance management system, and relied on those hidden stars to spearhead organizational change.

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Why Having HR Measurements Is No Longer Enough To Grow HR’s Strategic Role

When Google Analytics debuted in 2005, the ability to look under the hood, and see who was viewing your website (and for how long), was all at once foreign and exciting. In fact, it was so exciting there was a waitlist to access it—for nearly a year. Over a decade later, our collective obsession with metrics and analytics remains: data reigns supreme across industries with promises to improve strategic decisions.

A common trap with metrics is believing that their mere existence is strategic. Sure, the ability to track things like revenue per employee or time until promotion is enticing, but it’s not strategic if these numbers aren’t applied in ways that improve strategic value. Often, executives are satisfied with simply having HR analytics platforms—wrongly believing the numbers themselves were the “strategy.”

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To Optimize Work Automation, Get Beyond “Robots Taking Our Jobs”

Work automation is often framed in simple terms – how many jobs will new technology replace?  On June 14, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama stated that ATMs allowed businesses to “become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers.” Actually, the number of teller jobs increased with the number of ATMs. In 1985, the U.S. had 60,000 ATMs and 485,000 bank tellers. In 2002, there were 352,000 ATMs and 527,000 bank tellers.

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New FREE eBook by John and Ian Ziskin Available!

We are excited to share that the FREE eBook, Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project, has now been published through SHRM and is available on Amazon.

“Black Holes and White Spaces” describes tools and frameworks that leaders inside and outside the HR profession can use to transform the HR profession and their organizational success. It summarizes the collective wisdom and hard work of over 70 exemplary chief HR officers and other leaders. Their mission: Disruptively accelerate the progress of the HR profession to meet the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the new world of work. “Black Holes” are things that have been talked about for years in HR, but remain stubbornly unresolved. “White Spaces” are things that get far too little attention from HR, but that must be addressed to have a pivotal impact on the future workplace and the success of HR and organizations.

These leaders committed to a three-year collective effort dubbed CHREATE — The Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent, and the Enterprise They recruited their colleagues and led volunteer teams that tackled the tough challenges, demonstrated how to address them, and built open-source tools and frameworks for leaders like you to use in your own organization. The CHREATE Project was guided by these common beliefs: open source, voluntary, inclusive, messy, and agile. CHREATE focused on four key pillars of change, that organize this book: 1. Align HR with Value Creation for Organizations that Win; 2. Shape Expectations of HR’s Key Constituents; 3. Rewire the Work and Tools of HR; and 4. Enhance the HR Talent Pipeline.

In this eBook you’ll find 26 essays from a wide range of CHREATE Project volunteers, people who have contributed their expertise, time, and passion to raising the bar – not only for the CHREATE Project but for the entire HR profession. The essays not only describe the frameworks and tools to disruptively accelerate HR’s progress, they often provide links to prototypes, guides and tools, residing on the website.

Please join the movement! Use this book as your platform to disruptively accelerate HR and work in your organization.

Click Here to download the FREE CHREATE eBook on Amazon

Our objective is to get this eBook as widely distributed as possible, especially because it is open source and free! We would really love it if you publicize this eBook in your own personal networks and, if you decide to share it on social media, please use the hashtag #CHREATEeBook to stay consistent with others promoting the eBook. This is an exciting opportunity to advance the movement, and we are so pleased to be able to share the final product with you!

Best regards,

Ian Ziskin and John Boudreau
Co-Founders of the CHREATE Project

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Paving the Path to Success with John W. Boudreau

Patrick Brigger and John talk about the ups and downs of their careers, how they turned rejection into motivation, the power of saying no and the importance of being open to change.

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