Ms. Harriet Rose Job (HR Job) was found dead – at her workplace. This is a police procedural – conducted by detective Marc S Miller who explores the crime beginning with crime scene photos and a list of suspects and other “persons of interest” including: “Bennie Fits” (Benefits), “Pai Roal” (Payroll), “Harry R. Is” (HRIS), Bebe Boomer (Baby Boomers), Cher Holders (Shareholder), Ed Konomy (the economy), Mel Lenial (Millennials), Sue “Sis” Stems (Systems), Senor Juan Managemento (Senior Management) and others, each having specific motives and opportunity. Find out if her death was Murder or even Suicide?
Ms. H. R. Job became a target and then victim, for among other reasons, she had minimal or no CLOUT or influence to her peers and within her organization. The book provides an anecdotal but fact based CLOUT Questionnaire, with which readers will be able to determine their own Level of CLOUT(both personal and professional).
A discussion of how to use HR technology to gain and maintain CLOUT within the HR realm and while working on teams follows. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to the rise of, and potential threat to Ms. H. R. Job, (the person and the function) by Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. In fact, one of the suspects is “Arturo Intelligente” – Artificial Intelligence.
Various supplemental materials are provided to help HR staff pursue new initiatives (suggested Mission Statement, and suggested Role for HR in Instilling Workforce Cyber Security Awareness), and thus continue to build CLOUT and influence in any organization. A group of emerging HR technology vendors are profiled whose major deliverable support the strong need to provide Career Management directly into the hands of each member of the workforce.
Death of HR is a misnomer. HR already has enormous clout in many well managed companies. This book is really about how businesses win through continued wise HR investments. And, the book does a very nice job of laying out the source of this clout.
Harriet Rose (HR) is not dead. In fact, she is reborn, reinvented, and re-emerges as a strategic 21st Century Leader and master of collaboration. Marc Miller's unique and provocative book is engaging, proactive, and serves as an essential read to anyone managing in the vast global and virtual environment.
With all the career disruption today, this book is a must read for every HR practitioner across the globe to avoid career suicide and help navigate the disrupted HR landscape and be prepared for the digital transformation that is coming our way. I promise that you will laugh out loud more than once, too!