Friday, June 02, 2006

Want to be an HR "Mover & Shaker?" Write a book!

Who are the most influential "movers and shakers" in HR? According to Human Resources (UK) magazine, not HR people.

I pulled together some statistics on the top 25 HR Influencers from a Top 100 list published this week.

Those with the greatest influence in the HR profession are:
  • 80% male; 20% female

  • 56% published authors, most of muliple titles (one guy has written over 100 books)

  • 44% college or university professors or otherwise academically affiliated

  • 36% current or former HR practitioners
Those we are listening to have studied HR and/or teach HR but only 35% of them have lived HR.

#1 Influencer Dave Ulrich, who has written a number of fine HR business books, spent the last 3 years running a Mormon mission in Quebec. Jim Collins has been in his research lab for 10+ years. Wouldn't it be great if one of these thought leaders spent a year or two actually managing a Human Resources department? I bet they would have a whole different perspective.

You can see the full list of 100 HR movers and shakers here.


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