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Leading an HR Transformation: A Practical Roadmap for Aligning People Strategies to Business Results

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Are you ready to lead your HR Transformation?

HR managers have been trained to think of themselves as cost centers, challenged at every budget cycle to cut, pare, and shrink expenses. Their staff brandish benchmarks and statistics to say how engagement affects business success, how the ratio of HR staff to employees is low, and how our turnover is too high. But with all these data, executives still roll their eyes and ask, "But what impact do you have on our bottom line?"

By breaking down organizational silos and using a proven process to generate and foster collective thinking, HR can shift the paradigm from developing programs, policies, and processes to improving the performance and productivity of the workforce. Leading an HR Transformation presents a roadmap for a new way to look at human resources in terms of the multiple roles that HR plays on the business scene.

Anderson skillfully walks readers through each "StopOver" on the journey, including the purpose, objectives, knowledge, and skills required; work products; and tools and resources useful to the practitioner and along the way presents a compelling process for using the skills, competencies, and attributes of the HR team in a systematic and holistic way.

Foreword by Michael R. Losey, former SHRM CEO & President

Praise for Leading an HR Transformation:

“Carol Anderson provides an insightful and thought-provoking roadmap to guide HR and other business leaders in the practice of full cycle management of people to advance business practice. She guides the reader through the complexities of business change through collective thinking, collaborative practice, and being an organizational performance catalyst. Her thought-provoking questions and structured format create an easy reading experience with real-world application. Anderson’s book provides clear and practical advice for many audiences: new leaders, skilled practitioners, experienced leaders, and even those in other areas of the business. Leading an HR Transformation creates a clear vision and guide for the HR profession to elevate HR practice and advance the profession.” — Sandra J. Guerra, Ph.D., MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Past President, The Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management

“With increasing pressure to show a return on investment for human capital budgets, Leading an HR Transformation provides a fresh and compelling perspective on how to connect human capital strategies to organizational performance. Carol’s book is a must-read for all HR executives who want to stay on top of their game.” — Susan Havill, Vice President, Human Capital

“I was captivated within the first few paragraphs. Carol expressed thoughts and concerns I’d been having as a CEO, and I was eager to learn solutions. As I continued to read I felt as if Carol had been to my company and met with our team. She hadn’t. But, the discussion was insightful and relevant. The result: Our HR team is rediscovering its role in impacting what matters most to the company.” — Larry F. Tobin, President/CEO, FAIRWINDS Credit Union

“An engaging and well-written road map for HR leaders to improve performance and productivity in any organization. Leading an HR Transformation provides real-life recommendations for thinking and acting strategically and is a must-read for HR practitioners, CEOs and COOs as well as anyone interested in turning their HR department from a cost center to a true business partner.” — Elena Freed, Chief Operating Officer, Red Square Agency

“Finally, an HR leader who gets it: HR exists to help the company achieve its goals and strategies. Leading an HR Transformation is a much-needed book that provides numerous practical examples of how to drive business results. This book has the power to change a company’s performance from good to great. It is a must read for all C-level executives so they know the power of utilizing HR skills to drive company performance.” — Michael Dinkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Greatbatch, Inc.

“Carol Anderson has taken the core principle that ‘HR exists to help the organization achieve its goals and strategies’ and created a framework and set of tools to help HR leaders move the function to better business alignment and more successful outcomes. — Margaretta Noonan, Founder, noonanWorks, and Head of Talent, Avention, Inc.

Additional Info


NameLeading an HR Transformation: A Practical Roadmap for Aligning People Strategies to Business Results
AuthorCarol E.M. Anderson
Published Year2015
Page Count220