The Future of Work – Part 4

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The Future of Work – Part 4

Leading Your Workforce In Uncertain Times

Professor Rita Gunther McGrath
Columbia Business School

Rita Gunther McGrath is an American strategic management scholar and professor of management at the Columbia Business School.

Rita Gunther McGrath is an American strategic management scholar and professor of management at the Columbia Business School. She is known for her work on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, including the development of discovery-driven planning.

The Future of Work – Part 4

Monday, June 4, 2018

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Leading Your Workforce in Uncertain Times

Rita McGrath Keynote: Talent Deployment in a Tour of Duty World

As competitive advantages last for shorter and shorter periods of time, and the pace of change accelerates, we are now in what Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn has called a ‘tour of duty’ talent environment. Talented employees are increasingly demanding to continuously learn, build their skills and increase their value, rather than focusing on moving up a corporate career ladder. This shift calls for radically different assumptions about how you manage talent, how you motivate and incent people and how you even think about ‘human resources.’ McGrath will draw upon her research into the new strategy playbook to offer a window in how assumptions about workforce deployment and talent management are changing and what leaders need to be doing today.

Ron Boire Executive Presentation: The Human Touch in Executive Leadership

A widespread, and wrong, assumption about managing people today is that we can create deep connections and understanding by interacting through texts, social media or even videoconferencing. Yes, those tools are useful, but to create the kind of engagement that leads to productivity and ultimately, competitive advantage, requires an investment in physical presence and communication. Indeed, Gallup’s research shows that only 32% of workers are engaged at work. Lack of social cohesion, communication, trust and rich information sharing are key reasons why most employees are tuned out at work. Employees need to feel psychologically safe; they need to know that leaders value and respect them; and they need to believe that their work is meaningful and that their ideas are heard. Creating an engaged and productive workforce requires trust, and trust is built over time, face to face. Boire will draw upon his extensive experience with organizational transformations to share his observations of what works, and what doesn’t, in creating an engaged and productive workforce.

Rita Gunther McGrath – Columbia Business School Professor of Management
Rita McGrath is a globally recognized thought leader who focuses on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty.  She works with Boards, CEOs and senior executives to think strategically, even in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments.  She received the #1 achievement award in strategy from the prestigious management rankings group Thinkers50 and is consistently ranked in the Top10.  Her most recent book was the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage. She has written 3 other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as one of the most important management ideas ever developed.  She is a regular speaker in exclusive events such as the Drucker Forum and various CEO Summits.  She is working on a new book about strategic inflection points.
Follow Rita on Twitter: @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit

Ron Boire – Organizational Transformation Specialist
Ron is a globally experienced organizational transformation specialist sought out by boards to help them navigate some of the toughest operating environments within the consumer products and retail sectors.  His leadership has rapidly transformed underperforming businesses and operating groups to create measureable results in extraordinarily short timeframes. Ron has held C-level roles as CEO of Barnes & Noble, Sears Canada and Brookstone, as well as senior leadership positions at Sony, Toys R Us, Sears Holdings and Best Buy. Philosophically, he embraces inclusive leadership, management empowerment and capability creation, while recognizing that coming to grips with major transformation always requires facing uncomfortable realities on the part of management teams and the boards of organizations. Ron has MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School. He is the Co-founder, along with his wife, of the Ferguson Noonan Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity focused on educating underprivileged children, and is a member of National Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He was awarded the S. David Feir International Humanitarian Award by the Anti-Defamation League in 2002.

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