Featured Endorsements

“The authors have presented us with an accessible, readable, and practical illustration of a clear path for successful strategy execution in a complex environment.”

-Majed Al Romaithi, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Executive Director

“HR can transform organizations only if it transforms HR. This book shows us how. HR Transformation would have been important in the past—it is critical now! We are entering a new world. HR Transformation can help our organizations thrive in the midst of uncertainty.”

-Marshall Goldsmith, author of Wall Street Journal bestseller “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”

“Ulrich and his colleagues talk tough and provide a detailed blueprint for how those of us in the field can use our own tools to do a ‘720-degree’ evaluation of ourselves. We cannot contribute to the success of our organizations until we upgrade ourselves.”

-Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Call to Action:
We have enormous confidence and hope for the future of the HR profession. Over the last 20 years we have helped hundreds of organizations realign HR as a critical contributor to business success and seen significant results. In HR Champions and HR Value Proposition we provided models and ideas about how to improve HR effectiveness. In this book we lay out a clear and practical pathway to sustainable HR Transformation.  The time to act is now…. HR must give value or give notice. 

Handbook for Success:
HR Transformation is a no-nonsense handbook offering a clear process and useful tools HR leaders and line managers can leverage to position their organizations for success. By accomplishing transformation, we envision HR continuing to be center stage as organizations face greater business changes than they have ever faced. We are advocates for the profession and the leaders who make it happen. We hope this work will help continue to make HR the essential source for strategic solutions.

What You will Learn:
Many agree that HR needs to change, read this book to find out how. First, we suggest the reasons why HR matters to business leaders and ways in which HR can connect its work inside the organization to customers, investors, and community leaders outside. Next, we define outcomes of good HR work not in terms of activities, but organization capabilities.  Then we offer specific guidelines for transforming HR departments or functions, HR practices, and HR professionals.  These guidelines redesign, reengineer, and upgrade the HR profession.  Finally, we suggest specific roles for line managers, HR professionals, employees, and advisers to deliver on the hope of transformation.