Geopolitical Disruption A Top Board Concern For 2017

Olivia Berkman

Strategy will be the board of director’s best weapon against risk. FEI Daily spoke with Dan Konigsburg, managing director of Deloitte Global’s Center for Corporate Governance on Deloitte’s 8th annual Directors’ Alert, which highlights key concerns facing boards today and how to address them strategically and courageously.

FEI Daily: What are the disruptions boards will face in the coming year?

Dan Konigsburg: Some of them are new, some of them are not. We have the results of the U.S. election. We have Brexit in the UK. We had the surprise Italian election. We’ve got elections coming up that people are concerned about in Europe. I think for the first time in a while, people are concerned about the consequences to their business. Not just political disruption but the growth in populism and how that might affect business.

People are also closely watching what’s happening in China (in the South China Sea), what’s happening in the Euro zone, what’s happening between the U.S. and Mexico.

Cyber is a disruption that remains. Boards are very closely following the way that cyber risks, hacking, problems with the breakdown of intricately interconnected connected systems are disrupting them.

And activism would be the fourth one I would raise. Shareholders becoming much more active as owners and challenging companies in a way that perhaps they weren’t four or five years ago.

FEI Daily: What are some of the differences in areas of concern between the U.S., Europe, and Asia?

Konigsburg: There’s an interesting difference around disruption. A lot of people point to disruption in business models as being one of the biggest concerns for boards, and not just business models, but political disruption. In Asia, we heard, “I don’t actually believe in disruption.” Disruption is another way of saying you haven’t prepared yourself, you haven’t looked at all the risks. That is a real distinction. We’re generalizing, but perhaps we ran into that a bit more in Asia.

FEI Daily: How should boards approach these disruptions?

Konigsburg: Boards have to be more courageous in challenging old ways of thinking. Challenging management certainly takes courage. Being courageous without thinking about all the risks is not courage, that’s being foolhardy. It’s about being able to be contrarian, with full knowledge of the facts and being aware of risks.

FEI Daily: What are some of the questions that boards should be bringing up and discussing?

Konigsburg: First of all, boards should start by asking questions about themselves: Do we have the right people around the table to deal with these disruptions, and these risks? This brings up questions of board composition and diversity. Do we have folks that come from different backgrounds, do we have women on the board, do we have racial minorities who can see things differently and give a better chance at thinking divergently and dealing with problems?

The questions that boards should be asking of management includes, are we prepared? Management, walk us through a scenario. If we start to see a border, import tariff in the U.S., and we’re big importers into the country, what does that do to our costs, what does that do to our cost of capital? Walk us through that and take us down to the agile line, and what does it mean.

FEI Daily: Conversely, what should management understand about the challenges their boards will be facing?

Konigsburg: I think management doesn’t often think about things from the board’s perspective. They’re looking at the canvas one inch away from the picture. So it’s good for management to take a step back and ask themselves some basic questions. These are people who come together four, five, six, seven times a year. They’re not working at the company. They’re very thoughtful, smart people, but perhaps they don’t know every in and out of the business. So if you were in that position, how would you want to be presented to? What information would you need? What are the big-picture areas of discussion that would help lead to better decision making?

So I think it can be very helpful for management to turn that picture around and say, let me imagine what directors are going through. And that has implications for board reporting, for the type of discussions that you have. It can help management pull the board back if they’re trying to go too deep and micromanage. And equally, it can help them pull back and say, let’s look at the bigger picture: let’s look at economic trends, let’s look at geopolitical questions.

FEI Daily: Given where we are politically, do we think the role of boards will expand?

Konigsburg: I think for the U.S., yes. There are certain industries where the board is going to become a much bigger player. I would say banks and financial institutions certainly. The regulators are encouraging boards to play a larger and larger role.

The trend is for boards to do more and more. I think one of the questions as you look into the future is where does it stop? We put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of outside directors. And as I said earlier, they’re only there at the end of the day, as part-timers.

From both the perspective of regulators and from the perspective of a mom-and-pop investor who rely on boards to protect their interests, what’s reasonable to expect? What’s unreasonable? I don’t think we’ve reached a conclusion about that. I think that’s really open to debate still.

FEI Daily: How can boards develop a resilient strategy?

Konigsburg:  When we talk about resiliency, we mean a strategy that holds up over time. We’re talking about strategies that can be flexible that can change, perhaps as external circumstances change.

You want a strategy that is not rigid. A poor, non-resilient strategy would be one-dimensional. You need people on the board that come from different backgrounds that are approaching this from different angles, who can see around corners. I think one of the advantages of having outsiders on your board is they aren’t there in the weeds. And that increases your chances of having a strategy that holds up over time.

For more insight on disruption in today’s complex business environment, see Are You Ready To Monetize The Disruption Economy?

This article originally appeared in FEI Daily. It is republished by permission.


Olivia Berkman

About Olivia Berkman

Olivia Berkman is the managing editor of FEI Daily, Financial Executives International’s daily newsletter delivering financial, business, and management news, trends, and strategies.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Kevin Jinks

About Kevin Jinks

Kevin Jinks is Vice President & Partner / Industrial Sector SAP Leader for IBM Global Business Services. With more than 22 years of IT consulting and client management experience, he has extensive knowledge in ERP systems, architectural design, system development and implementation management for major clients globally.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Anton Kroger

About Anton Kroger

Anton Kroger is an Energy and Natural Resources industry solution specialist for SAP based in Australia. Anton has worked in the resources sector for 16 years and has field operations and management experience, both locally in Australia and internationally. He now works with Energy and Natural resources companies across Australia and New Zealand to help them run better, more innovatively and imagine new ways of doing business. He is an advocate for clean energy and resources and believes that innovation is critical to the future of this industry. Anton believes that despite the disruption taking place in the industry today there is still a lot of opportunity for existing companies in the future.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Paul Dandurand

About Paul Dandurand

Paul Dandurand is the founder and CEO of PieMatrix, a visual project management application company. Paul has a background in starting and growing companies. Prior to PieMatrix, he was co-founder of FocusFrame, where he wore multiple hats, including those of co-president and director. He helped position FocusFrame as the market leader with process methodology differentiation. FocusFrame was sold to Hexaware in 2006. Previously, he was a management consulting manager at Ernst & Young (now Capgemini) in San Francisco and Siebel Systems in Amsterdam. Paul enjoys photography, skiing, and watching independent films. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Markus Steer

About Markus Steer

Markus Steer is an advisor with SAP & experienced leader for Digital Transformation to connect people, things and businesses to run the world better. He helps CEOs and Biz leaders to define their vision and leverage digital trends to transform their company. He provides guidance to CTOs and Enterprise Architects on end-to-end architecture design. Connect with Markus at www.linkedin.com/in/markus-steer-90b2b02a/.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Thierry Audas

About Thierry Audas

Thierry Audas is a senior director of Product Marketing with SAP and focuses on business intelligence and analytics. He works with SAP customers to help them better understand how SAP solutions help organizations to transform all their data, the foundation of a digital enterprise, into insight to drive innovation and create business value. Thierry has more than 20 years of experience in the BI and analytics field and has held various senior roles in presales, consulting, and product management.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Karen McDermott

About Karen McDermott

Karen McDermott is Global Head of Financial Services Industries Marketing and Communications at SAP, responsible for driving the growth of SAP's value proposition as a technology provider, trusted business partner, and thought leader for the financial services industry.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Catherine Lynch

About Catherine Lynch

Catherine Lynch is a Senior Director of Industry Cloud Marketing at SAP. She is a content marketing specialist with a particular focus on the professional services and media industries globally. Catherine has a wide international experience of working with enterprise application vendors in global roles, creating thought leadership and is a social media practitioner.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Nilly Essaides

About Nilly Essaides

Nilly Essaides is senior research director, Finance & EPM Advisory Practice at The Hackett Group. Nilly is a thought leader and frequent speaker and meeting facilitator at industry events, the author of multiple in-depth guides on financial planning & analysis topics, as well as monthly articles and numerous blogs. She was formerly director and practice lead of Financial Planning & Analysis at the Association for Financial Professionals, and managing director at the NeuGroup, where she co-led the company’s successful peer group business. Nilly also co-authored a book about knowledge management and how to transfer best practices with the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC).

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Rosina Geiger

About Rosina Geiger

Rosina Geiger is the Director of Startup Engagement at SAP. She has worked at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam before joining SAP in 2016 to establish the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator in Berlin and Palo Alto.

A Mix-and-Match Approach To Leadership

Susan Walker

Building the right leadership team is essential for business agility. With the complexity of the business environment these days, the composition and skill set of the leadership team leadership during a meetingare crucial factors in determining the level of agility in any organization.

One successful leadership method gaining momentum in global businesses is the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. Leading companies are mixing up their leadership teams — not just in terms of gender or nationality, but in terms of industry experience, skill sets, and perspectives.

A recent study on business agility by Accenture Strategy shows that leading companies are “mixing things up” in the boardroom almost twice as much as their laggard counterparts.

  • 41% of leading companies have recently introduced leadership members from other industries
    (only 20% of laggard companies have done the same)
  • 48% of leading businesses have changed the leadership team to incorporate a broader range of perspectives and skills (as opposed to only 25% of laggard businesses)

This research shows that having a dedicated leadership team with cross-cultural and cross-industry representation, plus a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives can create a successful, diverse, and agile business environment. Seeking leaders from outside of your industry also adds an effective variety of perspectives to the mix.

Some tips to ensure your leadership team has a diverse perspective:

  • Seek leaders from outside your industry
  • Involve relevant staff from across the organization in critical discussions
  • Pursue outside perspectives to avoid being in an echo chamber or a silo

The C-suite isn’t the only place focused on diversity. The study found that leading organizations actively build seasoned, diverse leadership teams across the organization. This ensures that executives and managers at all levels are fully accountable and have the right mix of competencies to help their teams handle diverse situations.

The study also found that senior leaders often come together in cross-functional teams to solve a variety of challenges. They increasingly mix up the cross-functional teams to get the global benefits of an international outlook and the diverse benefits of different perspectives and experiences.

Taking a ‘mix-and-match’ approach to leadership can increase your business value and agility through developing a variety of different perspectives and new business practices. This makes your business more agile, which leads to faster decision-making, more flexible operations, and more collaborative ventures.

Learn more about how your business can become more agile. Read 5 Things That Will Increase Your Business Agility and The Top 5 Business Agility Traits.

The above information is based on the Accenture Strategy study, “Traits of Truly Agile Businesses” – Copyright ©2014 Accenture. Accenture Strategy surveyed 1300 C-Suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets about business agility.

For an in-depth look at the business and technology forces driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

For more information on how the digital age is affecting business, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

Want more insight on effective management strategies? See 6 Managing Skills That Companies Take for Granted.


Dr. Markus Noga

About Dr. Markus Noga

Dr. Markus Noga is vice president of Machine Learning at SAP. Machine learning (ML) applies deep learning, machine learning, and advanced data science to solve business challenges. The ML team aspires to building SAP’s next growth business in intelligent solutions, and works closely with existing product units and platform teams to deliver business value to their customers. Part of the SAP Innovation Center Network (ICN), the Machine Learning team operates as a lean startup within SAP with sites in Germany, Israel, Singapore, and Palo Alto.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Kevin Jinks

About Kevin Jinks

Kevin Jinks is Vice President & Partner / Industrial Sector SAP Leader for IBM Global Business Services. With more than 22 years of IT consulting and client management experience, he has extensive knowledge in ERP systems, architectural design, system development and implementation management for major clients globally.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Anton Kroger

About Anton Kroger

Anton Kroger is an Energy and Natural Resources industry solution specialist for SAP based in Australia. Anton has worked in the resources sector for 16 years and has field operations and management experience, both locally in Australia and internationally. He now works with Energy and Natural resources companies across Australia and New Zealand to help them run better, more innovatively and imagine new ways of doing business. He is an advocate for clean energy and resources and believes that innovation is critical to the future of this industry. Anton believes that despite the disruption taking place in the industry today there is still a lot of opportunity for existing companies in the future.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Paul Dandurand

About Paul Dandurand

Paul Dandurand is the founder and CEO of PieMatrix, a visual project management application company. Paul has a background in starting and growing companies. Prior to PieMatrix, he was co-founder of FocusFrame, where he wore multiple hats, including those of co-president and director. He helped position FocusFrame as the market leader with process methodology differentiation. FocusFrame was sold to Hexaware in 2006. Previously, he was a management consulting manager at Ernst & Young (now Capgemini) in San Francisco and Siebel Systems in Amsterdam. Paul enjoys photography, skiing, and watching independent films. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Markus Steer

About Markus Steer

Markus Steer is an advisor with SAP & experienced leader for Digital Transformation to connect people, things and businesses to run the world better. He helps CEOs and Biz leaders to define their vision and leverage digital trends to transform their company. He provides guidance to CTOs and Enterprise Architects on end-to-end architecture design. Connect with Markus at www.linkedin.com/in/markus-steer-90b2b02a/.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Thierry Audas

About Thierry Audas

Thierry Audas is a senior director of Product Marketing with SAP and focuses on business intelligence and analytics. He works with SAP customers to help them better understand how SAP solutions help organizations to transform all their data, the foundation of a digital enterprise, into insight to drive innovation and create business value. Thierry has more than 20 years of experience in the BI and analytics field and has held various senior roles in presales, consulting, and product management.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Karen McDermott

About Karen McDermott

Karen McDermott is Global Head of Financial Services Industries Marketing and Communications at SAP, responsible for driving the growth of SAP's value proposition as a technology provider, trusted business partner, and thought leader for the financial services industry.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Catherine Lynch

About Catherine Lynch

Catherine Lynch is a Senior Director of Industry Cloud Marketing at SAP. She is a content marketing specialist with a particular focus on the professional services and media industries globally. Catherine has a wide international experience of working with enterprise application vendors in global roles, creating thought leadership and is a social media practitioner.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Nilly Essaides

About Nilly Essaides

Nilly Essaides is senior research director, Finance & EPM Advisory Practice at The Hackett Group. Nilly is a thought leader and frequent speaker and meeting facilitator at industry events, the author of multiple in-depth guides on financial planning & analysis topics, as well as monthly articles and numerous blogs. She was formerly director and practice lead of Financial Planning & Analysis at the Association for Financial Professionals, and managing director at the NeuGroup, where she co-led the company’s successful peer group business. Nilly also co-authored a book about knowledge management and how to transfer best practices with the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC).

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
Engineering atmosphere via leadership, culture & engagement. Belief that business can be a force for good. Purveyor of unbridled exuberance. – Helsinki – http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/

@SAP_Jarret – Jarret Pazahanick
SAP HCM Consultant, SAP Mentor, Managing Partner EIC Experts, HR Expert Author, ASUG News & CloudAve Author, SCN Moderator & Blogger, Husband & Father – Houston http://www.eicexperts.com

@InFullBloomUS – Naomi Bloom
Leading independent voice/analyst/strategy consultant/thought leader in HR technology/HRO/talent management as Managing Partner at Bloom & Wallace – Southwest Florida – http://InFullBloom.US


Rosina Geiger

About Rosina Geiger

Rosina Geiger is the Director of Startup Engagement at SAP. She has worked at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam before joining SAP in 2016 to establish the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator in Berlin and Palo Alto.

Top 52 #HumanResources Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Human Resources.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics and enterprise mobility and we heard you wanted more. So, here is the list of Top 52 Human Resources Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Human Resources Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@hrbartender – Sharlyn Lauby
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place. Corporate blog of @itmgroup by @sharlyn_lauby. Cheers! – South Florida –  http://www.hrbartender.com/

@lruettimann – Laurie Ruettimann
Human Resources. Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse. – Raleigh, NC – http://thecynicalgirl.com/

@stelzner – Mark Stelzner
Leading HR consultant and strategic advisor. IA (@voiceofhr) and @jobangels founder. Determined runner. Traveling fool. – San Francisco, CA – ihttp://inflexionadvisors.com/

@SHRM_Research – Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR profession and business leaders. – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx

@hrdotcom– HR.com dmcgrath
CEO of HR.com and mom of 5 – Toronto – http://www.hr.com

@thelance – Lance Hauden
Editor for SourceCon.com. Recovering HR/recruiting pro. Former Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and Wazzu alum (Go Cougs!). All about #SourceCon & #RIS12 – Seattle, WA – http://lancehaun.com/

@PHRSPHR – Nora Burns, SPHR
HR Pro (20+yrs!) Helping HR Professionals Prep for and Maintain PHR/SPHR Certification 140 Characters at a time. – Denver, CO – http://www.insightfulendeavors.com

@SHRMPress – SHRM Public Affairs
SHRM’s Public Affairs staff – Amy, Curtis, Ciara, Fred, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Kate – Alexandria, VA – http://www.shrm.org

@hrworldtoday – HR World Today
HR World Today is a complete reference guide aimed at employers and employees; one-stop destination to catch the latest buss on Human Resources. Follow Twitter! – Worldwide – http://hrworldtoday.blogspot.com/

@HalogenSoftware – Halogen Software
Sharing and exchanging resources on HR, Performance and Talent Management. Tweets by Connie (^CC,) Melany (^MG), Maggie (^MP) & Vicki (^VF). – http://www.HalogenSoftware.com

@KurtKennedy – Kurt Kennedy
CEO/Kennedy Communications. I work with global companies to harness the power of an internal culture that’s aligned with their external customer promise. – Portland, OR; Burbank, CA – http://www.kennedyglobal.com/

@adowling – April Dowling
Wife, avid reader of anything that will hold my attention, perpetual student, geek, works in HR – Vestavia, AL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildowling

@hrreview – HR Review
HR related news and analysis, blogs and much more. Towers Watson’s HR online publication of the year 2012 – London – http://www.hrreview.co.uk

@effortlesshr – HR Software
We provide HR software solutions for small business – Tucson, AZ – http://www.effortlesshr.com/

@Devoted2HR – Traci Deveau
Sales Director with Dovetail Software–20+ yrs experience in Human Resources, technology, and marketing. A true New Englander at heart–love all Boston teams! – Orlando, Fl – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/b13/161

@HRClubSyd – HR Club Sydney, Jessica Booth
This is a community for Human Resources Professionals in Sydney to network and learn from others in the field, also @JessicaBooth – Sydney, Australia – http://hrclubsyd.wordpress.com/

@Peoplemgt – People Management
All the latest in Hr news and analysis – United Kingdom – http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/pm/

@oldshep – David Shepherd
XpertHR content and platform director – employment law, HR good practice, benchmarking, pay, benefits, labour market, all views my own – Highbury, London, UK – http://www.xperthr.co.uk/

@hrwhisperer – Heather Vogel
HR/OD guru who rehabilitates organizations and nurtures talent…and yes I’m a chock full of calm, assertive energy. – Tampa Bay, FL – http://www.twovogels.com/

@SusanHeathfield – Susan Heathfield
HR expert, writer, consultant, cooking enthusiast, conservative. Love change, challenge, learning. Also, @aboutcomhr Notable, forward-thinking HR/blog: – Mid-Michigan – http://humanresources.about.com/

@dailyhrtips – dailyhrtips
Daily Human Resources Tips – New York City – http://www.dailyhrtips.com/

@CourageHR – Guy Ellis
HR professional who is passion about changing the way we see ourselves in HR and the rike we can do. UK; global; HR Business Partner; HR transformation – England – http://www.courageoushr.com/

@BenBaran – Ben Baran
Ph.D., SPHR | Researcher, author, consultant. Organizational behavior, human resources, strategy. Management prof at Northern Kentucky University. – Cleveland/Akron, Cincinnati – http://benbaran.com/

@hrlawyer – Diane Pfadenhauer
Employment Attorney, MBA Professor, Publisher, Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Solar Power Fan! – Northport, NY – http://www.strategichrlawyer.com/

@hrconnections – HR CLive
Helping employers and jobseekers find each other! Tweet jobs, tips, & employment news. For #socialrecruiting news follow @recruitsocial – UK – http://www.hrconnexionsjobs.co.uk/

@BillVick – Bill Vick
Warrior in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. Former Executive Recruiter. Boomer advocate offering Career & Fitness tips. – USMC 2nd Force Recon alumni. – Plano, Texas – http://billvick.com/

@LearnSolMary – Mary Wilson
Career Coach, HR/OD Consultant, Trainer, Musician, Working to make world a better place. – Bethleham, PA – http://learningsolutionsblog.blogspot.com/

@SteveBoese – Steve Boese
HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. Host o the HR Happy Hour Show Thursdays 8PM ET, Talent Management, recruiting, workforce. Views are my own and not my employer’s – Rochester, NY – http://steveboese.squarespace.com/

@hrmagazine – HR Magazine
Breaking daily news, blogs, forums, research, new thinking, best practice and strategic information. Towers Watson’s HR publication of the year 2012 and 2010. – United Kingdom – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@HRConnector – HR Connector
Helping HR connect on Twitter and bringing you key HR news. – Global

@TribeHR -TribeHR
The easiest way to manage your human resources! Tweets from the TribeHR crew. – Waterloo, ON – http://tribehr.com/

@suemeisinger – Sue Meisinger
Columnist, speaker, former CEO of SHRM, passionate about the profession and HR professionals with a point of view. – Fairfax, VA & Cape Cod, MA

@theHRintrovert – Tim Gardner
Family, running, HR ideas, photographer, blogging all bring me energy. Solution oriented. Been in many sides of HR, including generalist and Org Effectiveness – Mariette, GA – http://www.thehrintrovert.com/

@TimSackett – Tim Sackett
Human Resource Pro, VP of HRU, Fistful of Talent Blogger; Dad of 3 boys and husband of Hall of Fame wise – Lansing, MI – http://www.timsackett.com/

@StarrConspiracy – The Starr Conspiracy
News, guidance, marketing advice and opinions about HR professionals, vendors, technology, media, services, and more. – Fort Worth, TX – http://thestarrconspiracy.com/

@CheckPointHR – CheckPoint HR
Trusted ally in web-based HR Management for small to mid-sized companies Transforming Human Resource Spend into a Strategic Corporate Investment since 2001. – NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE – http://www.checkpointhr.com/

@jjbuss – Jason Buss
VP of Recruiting Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter – Minneapolis, MN – http://talenthq.com/

@HRCamp – Human Resource Camp
Human Resources Camp offers advice, tips, news and resources to HR staff or anyone looking to hire employees for today’s workforce. – Chicago, IL

@AllaboutHR – The Latest PR News
Breaking HR and Personnel News plus comment from the HR Industry – London, UK – http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/category-hrnews

@HRHero -HR Hero
Twittered by Tony Kessler, Managing Editor/News & Employers Counsel Network. Employment law info for HR and biz pros from law firms in all 50 states, DC, Canada – Brentwood, Tennessee – http://www.hrhero.com/

@HRSpace – HR Space
Connecting the HR Community – Personnel Today’s social networking cite for HR folk – London –  http://www.personneltoday.com/hrspace/default.aspx

@HRBuoy – Chris Frede
HR Generalist and Recruiting Manager in a corporate environment. HR Blogger, Mom to a 100lb chocolate lab. Boat at Lake of the Ozarks with my husband and dog! – St. Louis – http://www.hrbuoy.com/

@sianharrington – Sian Harrington
Publisher and editor of HR magazine, columnist for The Grocer, 23 years of journalism experience. The views here are both professional and personal! – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@womenofhr – Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business. We’ve got your back. – http://womenofhr.com/

@davidpaulwoods – David Woods
Deputy editor of HR magazine, writing about all things work related…and my views are, of course, my own. – London – http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/

@ThinkHRHotline – Think HR
We help employers save time and money by providing live expert guiance and trusted answers to solve challenging HR issues immediately. – National US HR Hotline Service – http://www.thinkhr.com/

@susanavello – Susan Avello
#SocialMedia Marketing, Training & Mgmt/Co-Founder #DiscoveringSocial for #jobseekers/#HR Blogger http:HRVirtualCafe.com/http:DiscoveringSocial.com – Chicagoland – http://about.me/susanavello

@AMAnet – American Management
American Management Association is the world leader in management development, advancing your skills to boost your business success. – New York, NY – http://www.amanet.org/

@LeadershipAdvisor – William Powell
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The Human Angle

By Jenny Dearborn, David Judge, Tom Raftery, and Neal Ungerleider

In a future teeming with robots and artificial intelligence, humans seem to be on the verge of being crowded out. But in reality the opposite is true.

To be successful, organizations need to become more human than ever.

Organizations that focus only on automation will automate away their competitive edge. The most successful will focus instead on skills that set them apart and that can’t be duplicated by AI or machine learning. Those skills can be summed up in one word: humanness.

You can see it in the numbers. According to David J. Deming of the Harvard Kennedy School, demand for jobs that require social skills has risen nearly 12 percentage points since 1980, while less-social jobs, such as computer coding, have declined by a little over 3 percentage points.

AI is in its infancy, which means that it cannot yet come close to duplicating our most human skills. Stefan van Duin and Naser Bakhshi, consultants at professional services company Deloitte, break down artificial intelligence into two types: narrow and general. Narrow AI is good at specific tasks, such as playing chess or identifying facial expressions. General AI, which can learn and solve complex, multifaceted problems the way a human being does, exists today only in the minds of futurists.

The only thing narrow artificial intelligence can do is automate. It can’t empathize. It can’t collaborate. It can’t innovate. Those abilities, if they ever come, are still a long way off. In the meantime, AI’s biggest value is in augmentation. When human beings work with AI tools, the process results in a sort of augmented intelligence. This augmented intelligence outperforms the work of either human beings or AI software tools on their own.

AI-powered tools will be the partners that free employees and management to tackle higher-level challenges.

Those challenges will, by default, be more human and social in nature because many rote, repetitive tasks will be automated away. Companies will find that developing fundamental human skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, within the organization will take on a new importance. These skills can’t be automated and they won’t become process steps for algorithms anytime soon.

In a world where technology change is constant and unpredictable, those organizations that make the fullest use of uniquely human skills will win. These skills will be used in collaboration with both other humans and AI-fueled software and hardware tools. The degree of humanness an organization possesses will become a competitive advantage.

This means that today’s companies must think about hiring, training, and leading differently. Most of today’s corporate training programs focus on imparting specific knowledge that will likely become obsolete over time.

Instead of hiring for portfolios of specific subject knowledge, organizations should instead hire—and train—for more foundational skills, whose value can’t erode away as easily.

Recently, educational consulting firm Hanover Research looked at high-growth occupations identified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and determined the core skills required in each of them based on a database that it had developed. The most valuable skills were active listening, speaking, and critical thinking—giving lie to the dismissive term soft skills. They’re not soft; they’re human.


This doesn’t mean that STEM skills won’t be important in the future. But organizations will find that their most valuable employees are those with both math and social skills.

That’s because technical skills will become more perishable as AI shifts the pace of technology change from linear to exponential. Employees will require constant retraining over time. For example, roughly half of the subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree, such as computer science, is already outdated by the time students graduate, according to The Future of Jobs, a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The WEF’s report further notes that “65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist.” By contrast, human skills such as interpersonal communication and project management will remain consistent over the years.

For example, organizations already report that they are having difficulty finding people equipped for the Big Data era’s hot job: data scientist. That’s because data scientists need a combination of hard and soft skills. Data scientists can’t just be good programmers and statisticians; they also need to be intuitive and inquisitive and have good communication skills. We don’t expect all these qualities from our engineering graduates, nor from most of our employees.

But we need to start.

From Self-Help to Self-Skills

Even if most schools and employers have yet to see it, employees are starting to understand that their future viability depends on improving their innately human qualities. One of the most popular courses on Coursera, an online learning platform, is called Learning How to Learn. Created by the University of California, San Diego, the course is essentially a master class in human skills: students learn everything from memory techniques to dealing with procrastination and communicating complicated ideas, according to an article in The New York Times.

Attempting to teach employees how to make behavioral changes has always seemed off-limits to organizations—the province of private therapists, not corporate trainers. But that outlook is changing.

Although there is a longstanding assumption that social skills are innate, nothing is further from the truth. As the popularity of Learning How to Learn attests, human skills—everything from learning skills to communication skills to empathy—can, and indeed must, be taught.

These human skills are integral for training workers for a workplace where artificial intelligence and automation are part of the daily routine. According to the WEF’s New Vision for Education report, the skills that employees will need in the future fall into three primary categories:

  • Foundational literacies: These core skills needed for the coming age of robotics and AI include understanding the basics of math, science, computing, finance, civics, and culture. While mastery of every topic isn’t required, workers who have a basic comprehension of many different areas will be richly rewarded in the coming economy.
  • Competencies: Developing competencies requires mastering very human skills, such as active listening, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
  • Character qualities: Over the next decade, employees will need to master the skills that will help them grasp changing job duties and responsibilities. This means learning the skills that help employees acquire curiosity, initiative, persistence, grit, adaptability, leadership, and social and cultural awareness.


The good news is that learning human skills is not completely divorced from how work is structured today. Yonatan Zunger, a Google engineer with a background working with AI, argues that there is a considerable need for human skills in the workplace already—especially in the tech world. Many employees are simply unaware that when they are working on complicated software or hardware projects, they are using empathy, strategic problem solving, intuition, and interpersonal communication.

The unconscious deployment of human skills takes place even more frequently when employees climb the corporate ladder into management. “This is closely tied to the deeper difference between junior and senior roles: a junior person’s job is to find answers to questions; a senior person’s job is to find the right questions to ask,” says Zunger.

Human skills will be crucial to navigating the AI-infused workplace. There will be no shortage of need for the right questions to ask.

One of the biggest changes narrow AI tools will bring to the workplace is an evolution in how work is performed. AI-based tools will automate repetitive tasks across a wide swath of industries, which means that the day-to-day work for many white-collar workers will become far more focused on tasks requiring problem solving and critical thinking. These tasks will present challenges centered on interpersonal collaboration, clear communication, and autonomous decision-making—all human skills.

Being More Human Is Hard

However, the human skills that are essential for tomorrow’s AI-ified workplace, such as interpersonal communication, project planning, and conflict management, require a different approach from traditional learning. Often, these skills don’t just require people to learn new facts and techniques; they also call for basic changes in the ways individuals behave on—and off—the job.

Attempting to teach employees how to make behavioral changes has always seemed off-limits to organizations—the province of private therapists, not corporate trainers. But that outlook is changing. As science gains a better understanding of how the human brain works, many behaviors that affect employees on the job are understood to be universal and natural rather than individual (see “Human Skills 101”).

Human Skills 101

As neuroscience has improved our understanding of the brain, human skills have become increasingly quantifiable—and teachable.

Though the term soft skills has managed to hang on in the popular lexicon, our understanding of these human skills has increased to the point where they aren’t soft at all: they are a clearly definable set of skills that are crucial for organizations in the AI era.

Active listening: Paying close attention when receiving information and drawing out more information than received in normal discourse

Critical thinking: Gathering, analyzing, and evaluating issues and information to come to an unbiased conclusion

Problem solving: Finding solutions to problems and understanding the steps used to solve the problem

Decision-making: Weighing the evidence and options at hand to determine a specific course of action

Monitoring: Paying close attention to an issue, topic, or interaction in order to retain information for the future

Coordination: Working with individuals and other groups to achieve common goals

Social perceptiveness: Inferring what others are thinking by observing them

Time management: Budgeting and allocating time for projects and goals and structuring schedules to minimize conflicts and maximize productivity

Creativity: Generating ideas, concepts, or inferences that can be used to create new things

Curiosity: Desiring to learn and understand new or unfamiliar concepts

Imagination: Conceiving and thinking about new ideas, concepts, or images

Storytelling: Building narratives and concepts out of both new and existing ideas

Experimentation: Trying out new ideas, theories, and activities

Ethics: Practicing rules and standards that guide conduct and guarantee rights and fairness

Empathy: Identifying and understanding the emotional states of others

Collaboration: Working with others, coordinating efforts, and sharing resources to accomplish a common project

Resiliency: Withstanding setbacks, avoiding discouragement, and persisting toward a larger goal

Resistance to change, for example, is now known to result from an involuntary chemical reaction in the brain known as the fight-or-flight response, not from a weakness of character. Scientists and psychologists have developed objective ways of identifying these kinds of behaviors and have come up with universally applicable ways for employees to learn how to deal with them.

Organizations that emphasize such individual behavioral traits as active listening, social perceptiveness, and experimentation will have both an easier transition to a workplace that uses AI tools and more success operating in it.

Framing behavioral training in ways that emphasize its practical application at work and in advancing career goals helps employees feel more comfortable confronting behavioral roadblocks without feeling bad about themselves or stigmatized by others. It also helps organizations see the potential ROI of investing in what has traditionally been dismissed as touchy-feely stuff.

In fact, offering objective means for examining inner behaviors and tools for modifying them is more beneficial than just leaving the job to employees. For example, according to research by psychologist Tasha Eurich, introspection, which is how most of us try to understand our behaviors, can actually be counterproductive.

Human beings are complex creatures. There is generally way too much going on inside our minds to be able to pinpoint the conscious and unconscious behaviors that drive us to act the way we do. We wind up inventing explanations—usually negative—for our behaviors, which can lead to anxiety and depression, according to Eurich’s research.

Structured, objective training can help employees improve their human skills without the negative side effects. At SAP, for example, we offer employees a course on conflict resolution that uses objective research techniques for determining what happens when people get into conflicts. Employees learn about the different conflict styles that researchers have identified and take an assessment to determine their own style of dealing with conflict. Then employees work in teams to discuss their different styles and work together to resolve a specific conflict that one of the group members is currently experiencing.

How Knowing One’s Self Helps the Organization

Courses like this are helpful not just for reducing conflicts between individuals and among teams (and improving organizational productivity); they also contribute to greater self-awareness, which is the basis for enabling people to take fullest advantage of their human skills.

Self-awareness is a powerful tool for improving performance at both the individual and organizational levels. Self-aware people are more confident and creative, make better decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. They are also less likely to lie, cheat, and steal, according to Eurich.

It naturally follows that such people make better employees and are more likely to be promoted. They also make more effective leaders with happier employees, which makes the organization more profitable, according to research by Atuma Okpara and Agwu M. Edwin.

There are two types of self-awareness, writes Eurich. One is having a clear view inside of one’s self: one’s own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses. The second type is understanding how others view us in terms of these same categories.

Interestingly, while we often assume that those who possess one type of awareness also possess the other, there is no direct correlation between the two. In fact, just 10% to 15% of people have both, according to a survey by Eurich. That means that the vast majority of us must learn one or the other—or both.

Gaining self-awareness is a process that can take many years. But training that gives employees the opportunity to examine their own behaviors against objective standards and gain feedback from expert instructors and peers can help speed up the journey. Just like the conflict management course, there are many ways to do this in a practical context that benefits employees and the organization alike.

For example, SAP also offers courses on building self-confidence, increasing trust with peers, creating connections with others, solving complex problems, and increasing resiliency in the face of difficult situations—all of which increase self-awareness in constructive ways. These human-skills courses are as popular with our employees as the hard-skill courses in new technologies or new programming techniques.

Depending on an organization’s size, budget, and goals, learning programs like these can include small group training, large lectures, online courses, licensing of third-party online content, reimbursement for students to attain certification, and many other models.

Human Skills Are the Constant

Automation and artificial intelligence will change the workplace in unpredictable ways. One thing we can predict, however, is that human skills will be needed more than ever.

The connection between conflict resolution skills, critical thinking courses, and the rise of AI-aided technology might not be immediately obvious. But these new AI tools are leading us down the path to a much more human workplace.

Employees will interact with their computers through voice conversations and image recognition. Machine learning will find unexpected correlations in massive amounts of data but empathy and creativity will be required for data scientists to figure out the right questions to ask. Interpersonal communication will become even more important as teams coordinate between offices, remote workplaces, and AI aides.

While the future might be filled with artificial intelligence, deep learning, and untold amounts of data, uniquely human capabilities will be the ones that matter. Machines can’t write a symphony, design a building, teach a college course, or manage a department. The future belongs to humans working with machines, and for that, you need human skills. D!


About the Authors

Jenny Dearborn is Chief Learning Officer at SAP.

David Judge is Vice President, SAP Leonardo, at SAP.

Tom Raftery is Global Vice President and Internet of Things Evangelist at SAP.

Neal Ungerleider is a Los Angeles-based technology journalist and consultant.

Read more thought provoking articles in the latest issue of the Digitalist Magazine, Executive Quarterly.

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HR In The Age Of Digital Transformation

Neha Makkar Patnaik

HR has come a long way from the days of being called Personnel Management. It’s now known as People & Culture, Employee Experience, or simply People, and the changes in the last few years have been especially far-reaching, to say the least; seismic even.

While focused until recently on topics like efficiency and direct access to HR data and services for individual employees, a new and expanded HR transformation is underway, led by employee experience, cloud capabilities including mobile and continuous upgrades, a renewed focus on talent, as well as the availability of new digital technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. These capabilities are enabling HR re-imagine new ways of delivering HR services and strategies throughout the organization. For example:

  • Use advanced prediction and optimization technologies to shift focus from time-consuming candidate-screening processes to innovative HR strategies and business models that support growth
  • Help employees with tailored career paths, push personalized learning recommendations, suggest mentors and mentees based on skills and competencies
  • Predict flight risk of employees and prescribe mitigation strategies for at-risk talent
  • Leverage intelligent management of high-volume, rules-based events with predictions and recommendations

Whereas the traditional view of HR transformation was all about doing existing things better, the next generation of HR transformation is focused on doing completely new things.

These new digital aspects of HR transformation do not replace the existing focus on automation and efficiency. They work hand in hand and, in many cases, digital technologies can further augment automation. Digital approaches are becoming increasingly important, and a digital HR strategy must be a key component of HR’s overall strategy and, therefore, the business strategy.

For years, HR had been working behind a wall, finally got a seat at the table, and now it’s imperative for CHROs to be a strategic partner in the organization’s digital journey. This is what McKinsey calls “Leading with the G-3” in An Agenda for the Talent-First CEO, in which the CEO, CFO, and CHRO (i.e., the “G-3”) ensure HR and finance work in tandem, with the CEO being the linchpin and the person who ensures the talent agenda is threaded into business decisions and not a passive response or afterthought.

However, technology and executive alignment aren’t enough to drive a company’s digital transformation. At the heart of every organization are its people – its most expensive and valuable asset. Keeping them engaged and motivated fosters an innovation culture that is essential for success. This Gallup study reveals that a whopping 85% of employees worldwide are performing below their potential due to engagement issues.

HR experiences that are based on consumer-grade digital experiences along with a focus on the employee’s personal and professional well-being will help engage every worker, inspiring them to do their best and helping them turn every organization’s purpose into performance. Because, we believe, purpose drives people and people drive business results.

Embark on your HR transformation journey

Has your HR organization created a roadmap to support the transformation agenda? Start a discussion with your team about the current and desired state of HR processes using the framework with this white paper.

Also, read SAP’s HR transformation story within the broader context of SAP’s own transformation.


Neha Makkar Patnaik

About Neha Makkar Patnaik

Neha Makkar Patnaik is a principal consultant at SAP Labs India. As part of the Digital Transformation Office, Neha is responsible for articulating the value proposition for digitizing the office of the CHRO in alignment with the overall strategic priorities of the organization. She also focuses on thought leadership and value-based selling programs for retail and consumer products industries.