Have you ever wondered why HR Directors don’t make the move to becoming CEOs?
With this and other provocative questions in mind, Glenn looks critically at the ‘blind spots’ that he sees in HR, Board Rooms, HR Institutions and Academia that prevent HR from progressing to its full potential.
I loved the engaging and conversational style the author uses in the book, which makes it easier to walk along with him through research, articles, interviews and observations.
In addition to holding the mirror up to HR professionals, he also invites us to adopt a more active attitude as catalysts for change, suggesting some tangible actions we can do that will drive the HR profession forward in the 21st century (e.g. how to educate, elevate, encourage and promote the notion of Great/Human HR).
This is a refreshing approach holding up the mirror to the profession and inviting the reader to truly understand and accept the current reality and then make a choice of if/how they wish to contribute to positive change. I am sure this book will be a catalyst for change for some individuals and organisations.
An excellent book. I thought at first it would be a 'glance at' book, but I found myself reading in one session. Well constructed and using real examples of career paths. Glenn has captured what many people have been thinking for some time on the direction HR has gone over the last fifteen or so years - too self-serving and self congratulatory (CIPD feeding this) - and this book gives a kick into how HR has to step up remember professionalism and act in a business like manner. Of course, there are many HR excellent people, but that needs to be the norm, not the exception. Read this book to get you and your stakeholders thinking.
A great book that was an easy read. It felt as if the book was conversational in its style allowing me to question and ponder on the thoughts of the author. Glenn raises many questions surrounding the career development of HR professionals, including early education and HR being a chosen career path, right the way through to an HR Director being in the succession plan for a CEO role. These questions break down into many different caveats that will help our profession discuss what else we all need to be doing to be recognized as highly commercial, strategic and a forward thinking to help us achieve the career path we ultimately want.
This is a well constructed call to action that pulls no punches in telling the HR industry to up its game. Drawing on the views of some of the leading figures in HR and using examples from the biggest companies in the world, Glenn lays out a case which says that although the upper echelons of the commercial world seems to have lost the human touch, the future of HR is bright - but only if HR professionals develop a role for themselves beyond updating the employee handbook. Well researched, engaging and full of advice for further reading, this is a timely rallying cry from one of the most experienced professionals in the business.
A very readable and comprehensive account of what the HR profession needs to do to be more influential in today’s organisations. Fascinating and insightful for HR professionals, I also found it a great challenge to CEOs to put people, and HR, at the heart of the business. A great read for all senior leaders!
Glenn has done a solid job of setting forth a clear hypothesis on HR leaders can bridge the gap between our current capabilities and where the function needs to be in order to meet the CEO-level requirements. Through interviews, research and unique observations, Glenn is able to give each reader at least a few items to consider. And hey, why can't HR Directors be the next CEO?
A good read for those involved or interested in HR. Provides insights that are not often found within the standard HR book. The book tackles many contemporary issues that should be at the front of the HR practitioner's mind as well as those at the c-suite. Well researched and provides some critical thinking about the future of the HR profession.