HR's Role in Influencing Your Organization's Strategy

SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will help you confidently discuss strategic planning and its components with business leaders.

Repeated Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

For HR leaders to gain the ear of senior executives, we must be able to confidently speak and understand strategy. HR's role in facilitating change shapes our power to influence strategic thinking and strategic planning. Hone your knowledge on what it takes to create a solid plan. This session will show you how to:

  • Identify the essential components of your strategoc plan, including the critical difference between mission versus vision, goals versus objectives, values versus guiding principles, and critical success factors versus strategies.
  • Confidently discuss strategy and strategy components with business unit leaders.
  • Apply a strategic planning framework to solving business and HR issues.
  • Avoid the 10 common pitfalls that plague many strategic planning efforts.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Michael Wilkinson


Mr. Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc. - a leadership training and strategy consulting firm specializing in group facilitation. He is considered a national leader in the facilitation industry.
• Author of The Secrets of Facilitation and The Secrets to Masterful Meetings.
• Board member of the International Institute for Facilitation.
• Founder of the FindaFacilitator database.
• One of the first five Certified Master Facilitators in North America.
• Named Facilitator of the Year in 2003 by the Southeast Association of Facilitators.

Active in both the private and public sectors, he has provided leadership training and strategy development assistance to such diverse organizations as The Coca-Cola Company, Unisys, Sears, EPA, CDC, KPMG Peat Marwick, and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Wilkinson is a much sought after facilitator, trainer and speaker, both in the U.S. and around the globe. He has completed international assignments in Bangkok, Brisbane, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Milan, Singapore, Sydney and Wellington. Past participants have commented that his dynamic presentation style, combined with his unique insights, make for an intense, power-packed session.
Prior to Leadership Strategies, Mr. Wilkinson spent six years with ADP and eight years in the information technology practice of Ernst & Young's Manage¬ment Consulting Group. He is a High Honors graduate from Dartmouth and resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta.

Marriott Marquis: Independence Ballroom A-H
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Business Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
Business Acumen
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