In the Decade of Human Capital, HR Must Lead


Yesterday, we kicked off our 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. More than 15,000 HR professionals are in Las Vegas this week to focus on how our careers, our organizations and our profession can thrive.

I shared my belief that we are in the decade of human capital, a time when talent is seen as the real power behind business and organizations draw clear, straighter lines between the success of their people strategies and their business success.

Many signs point in this direction. When the Conference Board asked CEOs, presidents and board chairs what their most critical challenges were, human capital topped the list. A survey by the SHRM Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed a similar finding that people management is the top challenge facing organizations today, and for the foreseeable future. The World Economic Forum also recently commented that talent, not financial capital, would be the key link to “innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century.”

The business world needs innovative HR leadership now more than ever. Read the speech here, and then take the challenge to lead the world of business.

HR: This is our time. 



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