What differentiates a great HR Director?

Would you like to excel not only in your current HR role but also in future? Perhaps, you are looking to deliver a bigger impact in your current role but struggling to achieve a desired effect?

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For over 25 years CRF have been researching what differentiates great HR functions and great HR people, whilst our sister organisation, Strategic Dimensions, has talked to hundreds of business clients and CEOs and has a deep understanding of what they look for in their HR people. Combining insights from both sides of the business, CRF’s webinar will explored the qualities and commercial capabilities of truly exceptional HRDs that will help aspiring HRDs assess their strong qualities but also focus on developing weaker capabilities. 

During this webinar we explored the qualities of great HRDs and discussed the following:

  • the importance of value creation in any business and the role of HR
  • how organisations really work and how to get things done in the real world
  • how to create credibility within the business
  • measuring the impact of HR initiatives. 

To view comments and questions from the audience, please view the discussion below the video player window. Alternative, find us on Twitter (@C_R_Forum) with a #CRForum hashtag. 

You can also access a variety of thought-leadership articles and reports on this topic within our webinar library here. 

For further information on our webinar programme please contact Viktorija Verdina at viktorija@crforum.co.uk.


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In today's rapidly changing business environment, it's more important than ever for HR to be commercial, close to the business, and clearly aligned to business strategy. However, the reality for many organisations is that HR is often disconnected from business priorities, and HR's contribution to critical strategic and commercial objectives is not always clear.

CRF’s new research report considers the current state of the HR function, and looks at the role HR should play in helping develop and execute strategy, and how HR can become more business-relevant. This executive summary examines the key findings from the research. Full research report is available to CRF members only. To find out more about CRF membership, please contact Harry Cloke on harry@crforum.co.uk. Alternatively, please call our offices on +44 (0) 2074707104.

Did you know that CRF also runs HR development programmes? Here, you can find the details of CRF’s upcoming programme – Becoming an Effective HRD.  The programme is aimed at HR professionals aspiring for their first HR Director role, or those new to the role. The programme will improve your capability in planning, implementing and evaluating HR initiatives and supporting you in managing key organisational relationships. 

Please download the flyer to find out more.