Transforming Human Resources in an Uncertain World: How to Manage Talent in a VUCA World

William Rothwell

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In a period of turbulent stock market performance, pandemics, economic depression, massive layoffs and social upheaval, every organization must seriously consider the role of HR.  HR Transformation is more than a buzz word. It is the process of repositioning the HR function in your organization to align it with the current and future needs of your business. That is especially important at a time characterized by volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions and black swan events in which seemingly unimportant events spiral into global issues of profound impact. Hear about new ways to transform HR in this webinar.

Organizations today have never needed talent people more. But today’s organizations are threatened as never before with special challenges: terrorism, online threats, social upheaval and demands for social justice, consumer activism, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and pandemics. How can organizational leaders reinvent the way they manage people in their organizations to get the best benefits even as uncertain conditions lead to surprise business shutdowns due to the pandemic or sudden start ups as conditions with the virus permit. How can HR practices be reinvented? Hear tried-and-true and new ways in this dynamic webinar.


HR transformation as a major change effort has been around for some time. It can be understood in two ways. One way is a fundamental re-commissioning of the HR department. Another way is a sweeping and total change of how the organization manages its human resources in all respects. Most organizational change efforts fail, and they fail because the human element is not considered or is inadequately addressed.

Why should you attend?

Business conditions globally have never been more uncertain than they are today. A global pandemic has led to an economic depression, massive layoffs, and work in fits-and-starts as organizations are ordered opened or closed on short notice. How can these challenges be met? That is what this webinar is all about.

Areas Covered in the Session :

·    Challenges organizations face today

·    The need for HR transformation

·    Traditional approaches to HR transformation as carried out today

·    New approaches to HR transformation

·    About the future of HR 

Who will benefit: 

· CEOs

· C-suite executives

· HR managers

· HR professionals

· Middle managers

· Front-line supervisors

· Business owners

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Speaker: William Rothwell,

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow is president of Rothwell & Associates, Inc. and Rothwell & Associates, LLC (see He is also a professor-in-charge of the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 350 books, book chapters, and articles—including 105 books.

Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, he had 20 years of work experience as a training director, HR and organization development in government and in business. He has also worked as a consultant for over 40 multinational corporations--including Motorola China, General Motors, Ford, and many others. In 2012 he earned ASTD’s prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award, and in 2013 ASTD honored him by naming him as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) Fellow. In 2014 he was given the Asia-Pacific International Personality Brandlaureate Award. He was the first U.S. citizen named a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) by the Canadian Society for Training and Development in 2004.

His recent books include Organization Development in Practice (ODNETWORK, 2016), Mastering the Instructional Design Process, 5th ed. (Wiley, 2016), Effective Succession Planning, 5th ed. (Amacom, 2015), Practicing Organization Development, 4th ed. (Wiley, 2015), The Leader’s Daily Role in Talent Management (McGraw-Hill, 2015), and Beyond Training and Development, 3rd ed. (HRD Press, 2015).

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