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David Ulrich      

Human Resource & Leadership Expert

Dave Ulrich is a Professor of Business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He has written 15 books covering topics in HR and leadership, is currently on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller, is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, and is on the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University.

Ulrich emphasizes defining organizations through the capabilities they possess. His work has helped define and shape key capabilities such as change, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, service, innovation, and efficiency. The outcomes of leadership and HR are the capabilities that an organization possesses that deliver value to customers, investors, and communities.

Although he has been involved in large-scale research projects, most of Ulrich’s writing is characterized by synthesizing complex ideas into frameworks and tools that executives can use. He is a well-traveled speaker, working with groups of all sizes where he is known for engaging the participants, helping to translate the ideas into actions that work for them. His motto is that good teaching is not what he knows, but how his knowledge helps participants do what they do better.

Dave Ulrich has been ranked the #1 Management Educator & Guru by BusinessWeek, was selected by Fast Company as one of the ten most innovative and creative leaders, was named the most influential person in HR by HR Magazine for three years, and has been on the World’s Top 50 Business Thinkers List since 2007. He is also the 2010 recipient of the Kirk Englehardt Exemplary Business Ethics Award from Utah Valley University.

Speech Topics


New book on leadership sustainability

Trends in leadership … cod and brand


Trends in talent
Formula for talent: competence * commitment * contribution
Strategic workforce planning
Finding meaning at work


Organization capability … diagnosis
Going into details on some key capabilities:
    Customer service
    Culture/ transformation

Human resources:

Strategic HR
What’s next in HR
HR competencies

Lessons of Leadership

Human Resource Value Proposition

New Competitive Realities


Dave Ulrich: 'Organization Has 4 Times The Impact On Business Results As Individual'

I spoke to David Ulrich, the author of Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It, about the shift from individual development to organizational needs, which HR competencies impact key outcomes, the HR jobs that will be eliminated, the employee experience and the most interested results from a major survey he is releasing with the book...

Dave Ulrich on the Future of Human Resources

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Dave Ulrich Today, I spoke to Dave Ulrich, who is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a partner at the RBL Group, and Executive Director of the RBL Institute. His latest book is called HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources...

Among laughs, management guru David Ulrich inspires and informs

Don’t be offended if Dave Ulrich compares you and your company to elephants grazing grass on the savannah. He doesn’t think HR professionals are like pachyderms. It’s that he believes those in human resources are in a key position to seed their companies with the ideas and procedures that will sustain them in the future...

Dave Ulrich on Why HR Should Be at The C-Suite Table

HR, love'm or leave them? Early in my career at IBM I was taught that HR were people to be avoided, they generally got in the way and were mainly paper pushers. That was a long time ago. However, closer to today, in 2005, Fast Company's Keith Hammond had a scathing article, Why We Hate HR. Hammond argued, "HR is the corporate function with the greatest potential -- the key driver, in theory, of business performance -- and also the one that most consistently underdelivers." Today HR still has mixed rep but Dave Ulrich, a great HR thinker is pretty convincing on how we should rethink our view of HR. Though it may be HR themselves that need to grasp the nettle...

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