Fire Before You Hire: Aligning Strategy and Values with a “Lean” Culture

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will apply Lean Thinking and Six Sigma theory to flawed hiring processes, and will compare cross-functional metrics from various operations.

Did you ever hire somebody that you later wished you hadn't? Organizations are crippled by new hires who are not aligned with the organization's core values, and current talent acquisition models do not reveal this important information about new hires. This session will deconstruct failed past strategies and look at promising new ideas that appear to be producing results. Data and case studies will be shared from the “front lines” on the war for talent. Lean thinking methods will be used to look at values alignment from several viewpoints, including operational, financial and, of course, HR. This session will highlight:

·         The top six reasons why talent management has returned as a front-burner issue and how much hasn’t changed
           over the last 50 years.

·         Why hiring managers are blocking new hiring methods.

·         Why values questions are more important than behavioral questions.

·         How to prevent problems by learning from case studies about new hiring methods.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Karl James Ahlrichs


Karl Ahlrichs specializes in helping professionals make order from chaos. He is a national speaker, author, and consultant, presenting on the people issues in all industries, and is often quoted in the local and national media. 

Karl’s experience is ideally suited to times of organizational change as he pulls on risk management and organizational development theories to replace “best practices” with “next practices”. He owes much of his communications mastery to working as a writer and editor in daily media, to on-the-job writing experience and to the process of becoming a published author.

He joined Gregory & Appel in 2010 after serving as a founding partner of ExactHire, bringing his HR, operations, diversity & belonging, and learning & development skills with him. Karl’s affinity for design, composition and learning started at a very young age, by taking and examining thousands of boring pictures with the goal of improving his craft. He loves deploying that practice-to-improve approach with all manner of hobbies including writing haiku, mastering cutting-edge technology and learning Spanish.

In 2003, he was named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana. He is on the Boards of several organizations, including the Maryland CPA Society.  He has lived in Scotland and Spain and lives to explore new experiences with his wife and family.


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Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
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