Not everyone is a protégé or born leader. However, putting the right people, with the right capabilities in the right roles can help an organization achieve its most ambitious goals. How can leaders align their strategy, culture, and technology to get the extraordinary done?
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor of Business, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan & Author, Victory Through Organization
Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers,... More View all posts
Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with impact. In his writing, teaching, and consulting, he continually seeks new ideas that tackle some of the world’s thorniest and longest standing challenges. His bestselling books and popular speeches inspire the corporate and academic agenda. Dave has co authored 30 books and over 200 articles that have shaped three fields.Their (Dave Kryscynski, Wayne Brockbank, and Mike Ulrich) new book Victory Through Organization builds on data from over 36,000 respondents to show how stakeholders and businesses win through building stronger organizations. With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations by defining organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization). Dave’s work on Leadership Capital Index defines leadership through investor expectations that helps realize the market value of leadership. This work shapes and brings rigor to how investors, boards of directors and ratings agencies evaluate leadership so that leaders create real value to others. With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights. He has spoken to large audiences in 88 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; and coached successful business leaders. He is co-founder of the RBL Group (www.rbl.net) a consulting firm that increases business results through leadership, organization, and human resources. He gives back to the profession and others, having served as Editor of Human Resource Management for 10 years. He works as a Trustee and advisor to universities and other professional groups. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with. Wendy and Dave serve frequently in their church, have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and get their greatest glee when their grandkids’ eyes light up at seeing them, want them to read a book, or simply go on a walk together. Less View all posts
Amir Dabirian, Chief Information Officer, California State University, Fullerton
Amir Dabirian became the vice president for the division of information technology for California State University, Fullerton in December 2008. At Cal State Fullerton, Amir oversees all enterprise services of IT in support of the University... More View all posts
Amir Dabirian became the vice president for the division of information technology for California State University, Fullerton in December 2008. At Cal State Fullerton, Amir oversees all enterprise services of IT in support of the University’s mission and strategic plan. Amir has over 30 years of experience in the field of information technology and is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services (ITS) for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Amir’s vision of technological innovation has transformed the university into a model 21stCentury learning environment that is secure and sustainable. Using innovations such as enhanced active learning environments, strategic partnerships, and utilization of open source and cloudbased software has led to a leaner and more efficient infrastructure environment. Amir has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Accounting, Computer Science and Extended Educations departments. He also speaks publicly on information technology at numerous conferences and events such as AAC&U and EDUCAUSE. Amir earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He also earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in systems and computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Science degree in computer science from University of California, Riverside. Currently, Amir is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Marketing from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm SE. Less View all posts