For those that have read my post, Not an Ordinary Consulting Firm, Dr. John Boudreau’s name will sound familiar. It was in his class that I discovered Root, Inc., and got into the world of management consulting.
Professor Boudreau has been kind enough to be my first interviewee in a new interview blog post series I will call 5 Questions.
Without further ado, here are my five questions and Dr. Boudreau’s five answers.
Billable Percentage: As a management team comes up with a strategy, at what point does and should the organization’s current talent makeup, and future talent makeup come up?
Dr. Boudreau: Talent, work and how it is organized should come up very early. Often new strategy directions can actually emerge from understanding the talent that exists, and the new talent that can or cannot be attracted. Even if the talent inventory doesn’t reveal new strategic directions, it may reveal limits to the short-term strategy directions.
Billable Percentage: To the layman, what is the future of HR and what does it mean for his/her career?
Dr. Boudreau: Future HR will be much more about configuring and reconfiguring work than about static HR programs. Thus, it will be much more embedded in the daily tasks of workers and leaders.
Billable Percentage: Do you have any new theories and thoughts in the world of HR that you’re working on and are able to share?
Dr. Boudreau: See my blogs and writing on:
Billable Percentage: I hope I didn’t butcher your theme park engineer example in my little introductory article! Any corrections or thoughts you would like to add there?
Long story short, it was an awesome class.
Dr. Boudreau: Looks good. This is kind of the “extreme” version.
Billable Percentage: Where can people go if they would like to learn more about your work?
Dr. Boudreau: http://www.drjohnboudreau.com
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Steven Choi works for Root Inc., a strategy execution company. He is grateful for the opportunity to have learned from one of the leaders in the future of Human Resources.