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Agility and Design Thinking are the future of HR Effectiveness

With a perspective ‘Why HR is ripe for disruption’ by Garrett Reisman, Former NASA Astronaut & Director of Space Operations SpaceX.

We live in an ideas economy, driven by the fourth industrial revolution.

Hyper Loop, 3D Printing of a heart, Li-Fi, Mining Asteroids, Bitcoin, Block Chain, Driverless Cars, Robot delivery of pizzas, Wearable’s, Universal Basic Income, James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke, Drones. All of these are here but this is the starting point of our future.

Is HR agile to these innovations? Can it ‘design think’ itself for the future? To reimagine HR, it would need to mirror business innovation and customer approaches. The best definition of design thinking is from Buckminster Fuller, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Over the past ten years, almost 50% of human resources approaches have become redundant.

HR needs the ability to imagine a future that has many unknowns and being able to move away from the known of HR. To achieve this, 

Agile HR has three elements:

  1. Intersections: Where will HR play?
  2. Interfaces: That embed HR into daily decisions
  3. Insights: HR Data that is worth to the decision makers


Featured Picture | Space Shuttle Discovery | Udvar-Hazy Center Washington D.C. | © 2015 Hari Abburi