On Thursday 13th November the first Frazer Jones HR Directors' Circle in Germany took place in the stylish surroundings of the Düsseldorf Malkasten. To kick off our series of events we were delighted to welcome Navid Nazemian, Senior HR Business Partner at Vodafone Germany, as the guest speaker on the topic of leadership. In front of a top-class audience of HR professionals, Navid used the "Clipper Round the World Race" as an example to provide an unusual and interesting insight into the topic of leadership under pressure out at sea.
The growing importance of Leadership
International studies have shown that only one in four large HR transformation processes are successful. Navid views the quality of leadership as a crucial factor for the success of business transformation and the resulting anticipated increase in shareholder value. The pressure on managers is correspondingly high and rising.
How HR can better support transformation processes
In many companies, HR is still not sufficiently commercial and lacks the strategic partnering aspect to successfully support transformation processes. Firstly, the solutions that need to be achieved should be made a priority. Only thereafter should the required capabilities be defined, which should be based on the desired solutions. Finally, the necessary infrastructure is created accordingly. However, in current practice this is often processed in reverse order. Conclusion: HR needs to firstly think about the product it wants to provide. Additionally, poor communication often characterises the subsequent process, as the business does not understand technical terminology
What distinguishes enterprises with successful business transformations
Companies that have established HR as a strategic partner are especially successful with management. In other words: HR sits at the decision-making table and plays a key part in driving processes forward. This is particularly relevant when talking about topics such as leadership development, talent management and performance management. It is pertinent that HR is involved in these topics and that the company is well positioned. Furthermore it is proven that companies with a CHRO achieve
Leadership in extreme situations and its relevance in practice
Based on the book "Team Spirit: Life and leadership on one of the world 's toughest yacht races" by Brendan Hall, to date the youngest winner of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, leadership behaviour was analysed under pressure out at sea. Throughout this competition the skipper, as single Professional, must manage a partially changing team of amateurs over a period of 11 months. As the participants all start under the same technical conditions, leadership is of particular pertinence here to complete the race successfully. Scientists from Ashridge University have identified 8 "leadership lessons" from the skipper's and crew's stories, from which implications for in-house leadership behaviours and their successes derived. The three overarching characteristics, the so-called "Winning Behaviours" are: Alignment, Capability and Autonomy. This includes an enthusiasm, which must be exemplified by managers; you need people who are "burning".
In his exciting and highly interesting presentation Navid presented the participants with a perfect combination of his theoretical experiences from his work with Dave Ulrich and his practical insights from the above Regatta.
What are your thoughts on the above? I look forward to discussing with you.
Frazer Jones is looking forward to host further stimulating events throughout the coming year.