The importance of being unreasonable

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Presentation from Jamie Priestly given at the ConnectingHR Unconference at the Spring on Wednesday the 16th May 2012.

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The importance of being unreasonable

  1. 1. The importance of being unreasonable Jamie Priestley Writing for LeadersThursday, 17 May 12
  2. 2. Thursday, 17 May 12
  3. 3. The manager as juggler A B Clients Employees Growth Sustainability Short term goals Long term goals Sources: Maister 2001; Heskett, Sasser, Schlesinger 2003Thursday, 17 May 12
  4. 4. “BP’s mission is to grow value for our shareholders in a way that is safe and sustainable.” 4 (Source: BP Sustainability Review 2010)Thursday, 17 May 12
  5. 5. Evidence-itis “Deep business understanding can only be demonstrated via evidence-based HR.” John McGurk, CIPD, April 2012Thursday, 17 May 12
  6. 6. “HR must be more data-savvy” “...It is increasingly critical to to measure return on investment in HR activity.”Thursday, 17 May 12
  7. 7. Claim 1 Evide nce appro ach often high not scien ceThursday, 17 May 12
  8. 8. ‘Return on leadership’ by McKinsey Source: Human Resources Manager International, Sept 2011Thursday, 17 May 12
  9. 9. ‘Return on leadership’ by McKinsey “There is a correlation between leadership and business performance” “The study shows that leaders make all the difference in powering growth” Source: Human Resources Manager International, Sept 2011Thursday, 17 May 12
  10. 10. Claim 2 Not everything that counts can be counted 2 E = MCThursday, 17 May 12
  11. 11. Claim 3 Evidence ≠ neutral “Process and data commonality enable the truth to be told… truth As owner, the CFO can help shape operational decisions and strategic direction.”Thursday, 17 May 12
  12. 12. Rationality vs dogma I can prove that the earth goes round the sun Galileo, you disappoint me Galileo Galilei in 1623Thursday, 17 May 12
  13. 13. 3 things to do 1. Dare to say what the evidence-based approach can’t explain 2. Show how other approaches shed light: psychoanalytic, critical, postmodern (both/and) 3. Beware artificial tidiness.Thursday, 17 May 12
  14. 14. 3 things to read:Thursday, 17 May 12
  15. 15. Negative Capability “...When man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” John KeatsThursday, 17 May 12

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