New summary posted! Victory Through Organization by Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockband

51DipQ1XeyL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_For the past two decades, business leaders and human resources professionals have been consumed with the war for talent, investing vast sums of money to bring in and manage people. The groundbreaking research in Victory Through Organization reveals that winning the war for talent requires more than managing people; it requires an organization that turns individual people into organizational capabilities. Data from more than 32,000 people in 1,200 businesses reveal that an organization has four times the impact on business performance compared with individual talent. Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank, who are professors and advisers to hundreds of companies, have studied the competencies of HR professionals for more than 30 years. With new insights from David Kryscynski and Mike Ulrich, their team collected data from more than 32,000 respondents to determine how HR can deliver both individual competence and organizational capability to add tangible value to key stakeholders as well as to short-term business results. Through this framework, you’ll focus on the workplace as much as on the workforce, on process as much as on people, on organizational capabilities as much as on individual competencies. Victory Through Organization is ideal for business and HR executives charged with building a more effective HR department and HR practices, and it is an essential guide for any HR professional committed to creating value.

• How to upgrade your HR professionals by determining which HR competencies have the most impact on personal effectiveness, stakeholder outcomes and business results. • To recognize the key ingredients of a more effective HR department with a focus on assessing business information and offering integrated HR solutions.

Book Review: HR From the Outside In

by Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich

When you list the departments of a business and rank them according to their perceived (not actual)contributions to the bottom line, human resources is sadly given short shrift. What is surprising is the fact that many HR professionals are among those who don’t recognize their critical role in delivering value to a company. In HR From the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources, authors Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich take the results of their massive research undertaking and chart a new course for HR in the 21st century. The book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

Executives from every department should pay careful attention to the suggestions the authors make. While most applicable to HR professionals, the truth is that businesses are changing at breakneck pace and no leader can afford to be introspective. In the same manner that the IT department stays at the forefront of technological advances, the authors suggest that HR’s responsibility is to act as a GPS for a company’s human capital needs.

Many business books use the tired analogy of an executive acting as an athletic coach in one of two capacities: on-field motivator or pre-/in-/post-game strategist. HR From the Outside In takes the notion a step farther. HR professionals are a hybrid of general manager, talent scout and statistician. The book’s six domains of HR competency provide a half-dozen hats that at various times occupy a professional’s head: Credible Activist, Strategic Positioner, Capability Builder, Change Champion, Human Resource Integrator and Innovator, and Technology Proponent.

Taken together, this six-pack of super-abilities can power your company to greatness. Reinforced by memorable case studies, HR From the Outside In provides all of the tools to help HR assume its place among every company’s most admired departments.