EXec EXcel Group president Ian Ziskin was recently interviewed for the July 31, 2018 HR Studio Podcast, How To Advance Your HR Career And Your HR Function. He spoke with host Linda Hlavac on topics related to the future of HR, leadership competencies, and the future of work.

Launched in March 2016, HR Studio Podcast consists of bi-weekly shows designed to accelerate the development of new, aspiring and established HR leaders by offering content that educates, informs and build skills. Guests are drawn from HR, HR Consulting, and academia and include senior HR executives, thought-leaders, authors, speakers and trend-spotters from the field of HR and beyond.

Podcast Highlights

Here’s a quick look at some of the topics covered on this podcast:

About 80 people participated in the recent 2018 EXcelerating HR™ Conference, hosted by EXec EXcel Group. This included CHROs, VPs of HR, up-and-coming HR professionals, consultants, and academics. Large-scale transformational change was a key theme, and there was much discussion on digital disruption in the workplace and its implications for transformation and innovation, for careers, and how organizations are redefining the notion of career through digital platforms and products and services that did not exist five years ago.

The “Future of Work” topic generated the most discussion, raising questions such as:

  • What is going to be the most different 10 years from now?
  • What do I need to do personally as an HR leader to be ready for and relevant to the world that is evolving?
  • Am I going to be able to step up to what is going to be expected of me?

Ian also discussed his work with The CHREATE Project, which involves the contributions of more than 100 volunteers to explore the forces of change in the external environment that have profound implications for the nature of work. Earlier this year the  FREE eBook “Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project,” published through SHRM, resulted from the contributions of expertise, time, and passion from CHREATE Project volunteers.

Ian also discusses:

  • The anxiety around whether human beings will be replaced by machines, robots, and computers. Recent data shows that while the evolution of technology and machine collaboration, automation, and artificial intelligence may create more jobs, it may also create up to 70% unemployment in certain professions. Therefore, there is a massive transformation of the workforce whose skills need to transition to ‘play’ effectively in the world of automation.
  • The reconfiguration of work and the need for becoming more virtual and flexible and shifting from the traditional ‘employee’ employment model to the world of freelancing, gigs, and short-term projects.
  • How HR needs to develop an External Perspective. Most HR people are internally focused. They know their own organizations, cultures, and people. A clearer, external perspective is demanded. HR professionals should know what is happening in their own industries but also understand other industries and geographies.

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Listen to the podcast now or watch the interview video below.