Lynda Gratton Profile

Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on Human Resources and Corporate Culture, Dr. Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, where she is the director of the “Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Organizations” executive program.

As the leader of The Leading Edge Research Consortium, involving companies of such stature as Hewlett-Packard and Citibank, her research has been published in Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality.The Cooperative Research Initiative is a consortium that builds on this work.

Lynda’s book, Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose, is available in ten languages and American CEOs voted it one of their twenty most influential books. In it, she calls for a more strategic approach to people management.

With her written work garnering several awards, Lynda has had a profound influence on thinking regarding HR Strategy. She is on the advisory board of Exult and the Concours Group, and her services as a consultant are much in demand by many companies including Shell, Unilever, Royal Bank of Scotland and Hewlett-Packard. She is a Research Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management in the UK and also a visiting professor at the Michigan Business School Centre for Human Resource Strategy.

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    Dr Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the school′s executive programme, “Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Organisations.”

    Over the last decade Lynda Gratton has led The Leading Edge Research Consortium , a major research initiative involving companies such as Hewlett Packard and Citibank. The initial results from the research were published by Oxford University Press in 2000 in the book Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality. She has recently launched a second research consortium, The Cooperative Research Initiative.

    In Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose, published by FT/Prentice Hall in 2000, Lynda called for a more strategic approach to people management. The book has been translated into ten languages and was voted one of the 20 most influential books by American CEOs. Another title by Gratton, Glow – How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation and Success was published in 2009.

    Lynda Gratton has written for managers and academics. Her article “Integrating the Enterprise” was awarded the Sloan Management Review′s best article of 2003, and her case on BP was recently awarded the ECCH best strategy case of 2005.

    Lynda is acknowledged as one of the world′s most influential thinkers in HR Strategy. She serves on the advisory boards of Exult and the Concours Group and consults to a wide range of multinational companies including Shell, Unilever, Royal Bank of Scotland and HP.

    In 2004 Lynda Gratton was appointed a Research Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management in the UK and is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Human Resource Strategy at Michigan Business School.

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Lynda’s greatest talent is taking complex concepts and strategies and presenting them in a manner that allows her entire audience to understand her human resource strategy, which is that people are more important than job titles and that good leadership can maximize their talent and energy.

In her presentations, Lynda illustrates the ways in which leaders must focus on really making a difference to their employees, and how employee engagement can be of greater benefit to a company and to society than just an enhanced bottom line. She extols the virtues of cooperation and conversation, showing the way to build a democratic enterprise that can create extraordinary energy and innovation.

Lynda is a leading expert in the field of human resource strategy, sought after by a wide range of clients for her ability to translate complex ideas and strategies into easily digestible presentations, which show that people matter more than their roles in today′s businesses, and how to make more of their talent and energy.

Finding The Flowers Amongst The Weeds
Leaders must focus on the few things that will really make a difference to their organization. Lynda Gratton encourages leaders to make sure their priorities are landmark priorities that are tightly aligned to their objectives and then find ways to filter these ideas down, as they are hugely important to the future of the company

Beyond Business As Usual
Large, powerful organizations have a responsibility to play an important role in society. Lynda Gratton explains how leaders should take responsibility for this and be a force for good by engaging employees in how to be collectively greater than just being defined by the financial returns of "business as usual."

Cooperation vs. Competition
In a competitive industry it can be difficult to be cooperative. But organizations based on trust are better places to work than those with a competitive atmosphere as cooperation can be extremely powerful, and lasting value can be created when people work together.

The Power Of Good Conversation
Executives who are prepared to have meaningful, purposeful conversations become powerful role models to people around them about what’s valued in the workplace.

Other Suggested Topics:

  • Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success
  • Hot Spots: The New Rules for Creating Extraordinary Energy Through Boundaryless Cooperation
  • The Exceptional Manager: Making the Difference
  • The Democratic Enterprise
  • Free To Choose: Building the Democratic Organization
  • Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Implementing a Strategic Vision - Key Factors for Success in Long Range Planning

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Partial Client List:

BD Medical
BT Connect
BT Global Services
France Telecom
GEA Group
Guardian Media Group
Hay Group
Iflok, Openreach
Mahindra & Mahindra
Metro Cash & Carry
Ministry of Manpower (Singapore)
Novo Nordisk
Rogers Communications
Royal Bank of Scotland
Save the Children
Standard Chartered Bank
Tata Consulting Services
Thomson Reuters
Turf Club
UPM Kymmene
World Vision International

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Books by Lynda Gratton:

Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success
Bestselling author Lynda Grattonone of the top twenty management thinkers in the world, according to the Financial Times follows up her bestseller Hot Spots (over 16,000 sold) by taking a deep look at people who Glow. These are individuals in organizations who radiate energy and attract others to them, who can create, find, and flourish in hot spots of innovation.

Drawing on years of original research, Gratton identifies three principles that people who glow live by. For each principle, she outlines three actions anyone can put it into practice, illustrated with dozens of examples and personal stories. If you can learn to glow, you will add tremendous value to your organization, and do so in a way that will make your work more satisfying and fulfilling.

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Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, and Organizations Buzz with Energy – and Others Don′t
Sometimes within an organization, condensed periods of growth and innovation occur. For a short period of time, new ideas flow freely and cooperation and success attain levels that exceed all expectations. These periods are called ” hot spots.” This book takes a detailed look at how and why hot spots happen, and shows that it′s possible to create them.

In order to do so, entrenched rules about command and control must be discarded, since hot spots can′t be commanded, nor can they be controlled. Instead, they are a naturally emerging phenomena. But, that doesn′t mean that organizations have to wait for them to arise.

Gratton offers techniques and strategies that can create a more productive environment, one in which hot spots are anticipated, recognized, and embraced — an environment that carries the organization beyond its pre-set goals and boundaries and to new levels of growth and energy.

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