OCT 2015.

CONTENTS

TALKING POINTS

Is #CSR dead? Interesting insights from @LBS @LyndaGratton http://ow.ly/TqHJu - Alex Botha - Oct 21
@AlexBotha1

Sincere thanks to @lyndagratton @jim_lawless @JohnnyHF1 @dcoplin for their valuable & engaging insights at the #IbecHR Leadership Summit! Ibec - Oct 21
@ibec_irl

Personal planning for longevity a key for the future of work @lyndagratton #ibecHR - Maeve McElwee - Oct 21
@e_maeve

ARTICLES

Adapting to the Future of HR:
3 trends to watch

In October, The Hot Spots Movement hosted its biggest and most popular Masterclass yet, on the Future of HR. The day began with a powerful presentation by Lynda in which she provided an overview of the core trends that are shaping the future of HR: creating simplicity, employee experience of HR practices and people analytics

One of the key roles that is emerging for HR is managing the side effects of technology in the workplace – principally the information overload which means that employees are struggling to find the focus they need. Workers today are typically interrupted every few minutes by emails, phone calls and social alerts and this is affecting their ability to perform the function that sets them apart from machines: thinking.

As well as reducing the burden created by technology, HR departments are also having to take on the task of simplifying the complex systems that make work onerous – many of which are HR processes in the first place. More

GLOBAL CORPORATIONS AND OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLEDGE

We were interested to read that global names such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson and Nike are among the 68 brands backing Obama’s climate pledge. By signing the American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge, the companies are committing to halve their energy use and reduce their use of water by up to 80 per cent. We think this is a great example of companies embracing the values described by Lynda in her 2014 book The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems, which explored the idea that it is corporations rather than governments who wield the greatest power when it comes to effecting positive change in the world. It’s a trend that is set to become more widespread as companies begin to realise that their own resilience depends on how they embed themselves in the world that surrounds them, and we’re pleased to observe that some of the world’s biggest companies are already beginning to realise this.

If you haven’t read The Key yet, you can purchase it from Amazon.


WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK – NATHAN LEIGH

One of the best parts of our research at the Hot Spots Movement is discovering interesting people, and we were delighted recently to make the acquaintance of Nathan Leigh. Having stumbled across his work while conducting research for one of our own projects, we got in touch with Nathan and discovered that while he has only recently acquired his BA, he is already thinking hard about the forces affecting talent and talent acquisition. He started writing his blog as an outlet for ideas that he thought might not interest his friends – and the result is a series of thought-provoking and expertly researched pieces that definitely caught our attention. It was a pleasure to talk to Nathan and we will definitely be following him with interest.

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE BETWEEN BIG BUSINESS AND SOCIETY

Corporate Social Responsibility has become a standard function in most organisations – but is it actually helping companies engage with society and particularly make it part of the philosophy, culture and business model? This was the subject of debate raised by Lord Brown, the former CEO of BP, when his recent book Connect was discussed at an LBS Leading Minds event, chaired by Lynda Gratton.

Lord Browne took VW as an example to explain the “reservoir of trust”, saying that “reputations are made and lost based on companies’ connections” with society. “When the majority of people are against a company, things don’t go well,” he said. More

100 YEAR HR – 3 WAYS OF USING LATERAL CAREER MOVES TO ENGAGE YOUR WORKERS

One of the key takeaways that came out of our 100 Year Life Future of Work theme was the fact that with employees at multiple life stages in the workplace, the one-size-fits-all approach to HR will no longer work. It’s an issue that reared its head again when we discussed workplace diversity at our Masterclass on The Future of HR, and the fact that HR professionals now have to accommodate a myriad of options when it comes to the ways in which workers engage with the business. How can HR accommodate all these differences at the same time as simplifying already burdensome HR practices? Pondering this inspired us to launch a series of newsletter pieces focused on how the same tactic or process can be adapted to suit a diverse workforce. More


HOT SPOTS UPDATES…

THE SHIFT ONE OF 10 INSPIRING READS
Gary Hamel, Visiting Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at LBS, included The Shift in his list of 10 books that have inspired him over the years and which “challenge us to rethink how we lead, manage and organise.” You can read the full list in the London Business School Review.

WILL AUTOMATION REPLACE OUR JOBS?
Lynda has been doing a lot of speaking and writing about artificial intelligence in the workplace this year, and the latest is a piece for the Institute of Internal Communication. Starting with Oxford University’s assertion that 47% of jobs in the US are on their way to being automated, the article goes on to examine the type of jobs that are most at risk and the role internal communicators have to play in managing the changes such automation will bring.

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