The Real Deal on People: Straight Talk on How the CHRO Creates Business Value

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"In The Real Deal on People, Les distills complex interpersonal and business challenges to craft a clear and concise guidebook for professionals at all levels, providing a better understanding of how a strong CHRO can significantly benefit a company. His entertaining anecdotes and real-world experiences provide countless helpful tips and direction for aspiring CHROs and seasoned executives alike."
John Brock, Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises

"This book has brought together many voices to describe how the CHRO can add great value in an organization. Les has been the quarterback in driving the HR strategy along with the cheerleader for his HR team in their execution. A great read for current and aspiring CHRO's and some great insights for CEO's."
Bill Conaty, former SVP, Corporate Human Resources at General Electric, and author of the book The Talent Masters: Why Smart Business Leaders Put People Before Numbers

The Real Deal on People: Straight Talk on How the CHRO Creates Business Value chronicles the 30+ year accumulation of industry-leading best practices and thought leadership in the realm of human resource management in the C-suite by one of North America's top Chief Human Resource Officers (CHRO). The critical role of the HR executive in achieving a company's overall business objectives is a relatively new development especially compared to more established C-suite roles such as CEO, CFO, CMO, etc., with responsibilities ranging from workforce strategy and labor relations to executive compensation, succession planning, and board member selection. Increasingly the CHRO reports directly to the CEO and is a member of the most senior level committees of the company and the CHRO's strategic role continues to rapidly expand and evolve as 21st century workforce challenges threaten corporate success.

The Real Deal on People is complete in offering insight into all of the critical CHRO functions and interactions, including labor and industrial relations in a multinational environment, and brings life to the theory and philosophy with real-world examples that illustrate the concept as only real companies, real executives, and real situations can.

Included in the book are great perspectives about the CHRO role from leading CEO's, accomplished Board Directors, key external consultants, and successful CHROs.

Based on the author's long-standing international leadership position as a mentor and coach, The Real Deal on People chronicles a personal journey of growth and discovery that in many ways has led the evolution of the CHRO role offering personal insights, expert guidelines and real-world examples in a warm, engaging, easy-to-read conversational format, that will appeal to readers.


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