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Developing HR and Its Leaders

Lisa Uthgenannt

Lisa Uthgenannt, CHRO of LabCorp

#1703 - In HR transformation efforts, organizations typically invest a lot of money and time on systems and structure, but fall short on providing the capability building and ongoing development for practitioners to have stronger business impact. HR practitioners often feel like they’re being asked to operate in new ways, but aren’t being given the skills they need to be successful. We talk with Lisa Uthgenannt, Chief Human Resources Officer for LabCorp, about effective strategies for developing HR teams, the role senior HR leaders should play in development, and the skills HR practitioners most need to develop for the future.

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With this episode, we’re launching our first “season” of Peak Development Radio. What this means in practical terms is that we will devote several episodes of the podcast—and quite possibly a few of our articles—to a single, larger topic. For our summer season, we'll focus on Accelerating HR’s Business Impact. We’ll examine it from different angles, welcome in a variety of perspectives, and no doubt learn something new along the way. We’re building our episodes out for the summer season, and considering topics for future seasons, so if you have ideas you’d like us to drive a conversation around, please let us know by visiting our Contact page and sharing your idea.

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  • #1301—Backstage Consulting - Backstage Consulting: intentionally operating behind the scenes to create capacity that lives on after the consultant is gone. Lisa Uthgenannt, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at Covance, joins Dr. Mindy Hall to discuss what it entails, how to decide if it’s the right approach, the benefits it can hold for your organization, and what it takes to be a successful backstage consultant.
  • #1410—Changing the Conversation on HR - In the July-August 2014 edition of Harvard Business Review, Ram Charan published an article titled "It's Time to Split HR." In 2005, Fast Company ran a cover story called "Why We Hate HR." We're having same conversation in 2014 as we had in 2005, as we had 20 years before that. What will it take to change the conversation? What makes it so that in 2020 there is not another article written about how the HR function is not living up to its potential? Mindy Hall talks with HR executives Donna Torelli, Lisa Uthgenannt, and Joan Winterbottom about their reactions to Dr. Charan's article: where they agree, where they differ, and what the HR function must do to shift the conversation.
  • #1604—Leaders Share Their Experience from 20 Years of Learning - Host Dr. Mindy Hall asks eight respected leaders one simple question: “As you think back on your career over the past 20 years, what one thing has had the biggest impact on you as a leader?” Taken together, their answers point toward three big areas that all leaders would do well to focus on.


Monday, June 26th, 2017  Tags: , ,
One comment on “Developing HR and Its Leaders
  1. Thank you for sharing such a substantive discussion. “What business issue are you trying to solve?” is a great question to ask that helps a team ensure they are focused. You two should take this conversation “on the road!”

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