Ian Ziskin is President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, a consulting and coaching firm he founded following a highly successful 28-year career as a business executive. He writes on subjects including acquisition integration, career management, executive compensation, globalization, HR strategies and competencies, HR public policy issues, leadership and talent development, and the workforce/workplace of the future, among other things.

His writings and commentaries have been featured in books by authors such as John Boudreau, Ed Lawler, Dave Ulrich, Pat Wright, and others, as well as in periodicals and web sites including BNA Reporter, Career Lab,, Directors and Boards magazine, HR Executive magazine, HR Management magazine, SHRM magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Organizational Dynamics Journal.

  • For information on Ian’s upcoming book, THREE – The Human Resources Emerging Executive (2015, Wiley Press), visit the »THREE web page on this web site. (Available September 2015 wherever books and e-books are sold.)
  • Ian has authored the chapter “The Ten Inflection Points of Coaching: Navigating the Successful Leadership Coaching Journey” in the forthcoming book, HR Directions (2015, from HR C-Suite), which focuses on what HR professionals should know right now about leadership, engagement, technology, and growing their own world-class HR careers. »Read the Excerpt.
  • In his article “Get On Board” from People + Strategy Journal (Spring 2015), Ian explores the evolving role of HR leaders in the boardroom. »Read Get On Board.
  • Ian’s article “HR as Orchestra Conductor” is among contributions from 73 leading HR practitioners collected in a new book, The Rise of HR – Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders, edited by Dave Ulrich, William Schiemann, Libby Sartain, and underwritten by HR Certification Institute. (2015). »Learn More.
  • Ian co-authored the chapter “Workforce Planning Across the Great Divide” with John Boudreau for the book Positioned: Strategic Workforce Planning that Gets the Right Person in the Right Job by Dan Ward and Rob Tripp (AMACOM, 2013). Learn more about it at »Amazon.
  • Ian co-authored the column “Help HR’s Grasp Equal Its Reach” with John Boudreau of USC, published July 31, 2013 . . . »Read.
  • Ian co-authored the column “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way” with John Boudreau of USC, published December 6, 2013 at Talent Management magazine . . . »Read.
  • For information on Ian’s book, WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe’s are Luckier than WannaBe’s (2011), visit the »WillBe web page on this web site.
  • Ian is a contributing author to The Chief HR Officer: Defining the New Role of Human Resource Leaders, edited by Pat Wright, (2011), from »Wiley Publishing.
  • Ian co-authored the article “The Future of HR and Effective Organizations” with John Boudreau of USC. It appears in the November 2011 issue of Organizational Dynamics Journal . . . »Read.

Contact Ian Ziskin by email at to discuss his latest writing efforts, inquire about a previous article, or discuss a possible project with him.

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