Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

  • Keynote
    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
  • Keynote
    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
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    ´╗┐Human Resources Challenges on a Global Scale The 57 members of AHRMIO, the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations, range from the UN, UNICEF and OECD to the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Labour Organization. AHRMIO goal is to improve the professionalism of those who work in human resources management in international not for profit organizations. Mary Jane Peters, executive director, and Roger Eggleston, president emeritus, were at Wharton recently for the group 7th annual conference. It was in 1996 when Mary Jane and I were running a conference of human resources specialists in mainly the United Nations group of organizations. We had this retreat and series of interactions with all of these people, and we said that this is the time when we should create some sort of learning institute. It would be where people who are working in human resources management, in international, not for profit organizations, could come together because they have some unique elements in their jobs which are not common outside the international organization arena. Just to name one: We are not subject to national legislation. So we are not impacted by matters that take place in any one country. We said there are enough reasons to have what we called an we dropped the name In 2000, we set up AHRMIO and it really took off, very well indeed. We have 57 member organizations now organizations that are members of AHRMIO. And we have over 200 individual members because we have both individual members and organizational members. We have an annual conference, and that why we here at Wharton. It our 7th Annual Conference. We have lots of developmental activities. The role of the association, in a nutshell, is to improve the professionalism of those who work in human resources management in international not for profit organizations. In addition to that you have, I would say, all of the other leading international not for profit organizations. For example, The Organization for Economic nike zoom Cooperation and Development, which has its headquarters in Paris, The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, NATO is even there. Eggleston: If there is a lacuna, it the NGOs, what we would call the non governmental sector, but there are a few and we hoping to get more. At this conference, we have the leaders of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies, but we need a few more NGOs. In working with these groups, what have you found to be the biggest leadership and HR challenges that international organizations face? Peters: Well, it difficult to generalize across all 57 organizations. I can certainly address what I know best, given my past career, in terms of the United Nations family. From an historical perspective, many people who joined the organizations will soon be retiring. In some organizations, more than 50% of their professional staff will be leaving in the next three to five years. Yet I know that very few of them are doing any kind of serious succession planning. So, this is a chance for all of your MBA students, because there will be a tremendous need to nike shoes champs find talent. But then on the other side of that, of course, is keeping our institutional memory. For the missions of these organizations, that is vital. We cannot police the world; we do not police the world. We give knowledge to the world. And so, with all of the people marching out of the door, going to retire soon I think this is the biggest challenge for the leadership of the organizations. I suspect that for many of the international organizations, that will be equally true, perhaps less so with some of the newer ones, such as the UN program on HIV Aids or the GAVI Alliance. These are very young institutions, and so the average age of their work forces tends to be much lower. Eggleston: One of the challenges facing these organizations is that I don think they have really appreciated that there is going to be a war for talent among the knowledge workers of the world. The UN family, and probably most of the international organizations that we are talking about, have had it easy, basically. They had good brands, a really good brand image. People just applied to them for jobs. It was not too difficult to find good people, basically all around the world. But it will be much more difficult, and I not sure that they nike shoes tanjun have professionalized their area of recruitment well enough to really know how to target and how to get the best people. It still very much, I won say hit or miss, but they very much just waiting for people to apply and come on board. But you get all sorts of strange applications too many and not the right type. I think that our organizations have handled diversity from a nationality perspective very well. However, for the future, this will become a far greater challenge because, as Roger said, while the brand was good for the first 60 years, now the same diversity is needed by a lot of other organizations, development aid agencies and the private sector. They want as diverse a workplace as we do. So, we are really all competing for the same talent among the knowledge workers. All of these groups have higher level educational qualifications. In many cases, these organizations would not take someone with less than a Master Degree. Some of our economists or lawyers have PhDs from leading world institutions. They will be required to be linguistically flexible. They will have to be geographically mobile in most instances, and that is a challenge for all global employers, given the growing importance of dual careers. That has been a challenge for the organizations up to now, especially vis vis women, and I would say as far as gender balance, that where the organizations have done less well than in terms of geography. But dual careers for the younger male will also be just as important. The world has changed. Eggleston: We going to have to think out of the box. Years ago, when I began my career in the World Health Organization, we did not employ spouses we called them in those days never mind partners. The organization was not allowed to employ the spouse of an employee. That of course has all changed; we wiped all hose silly rules away. But we going to have to get with it as far as dual careers are concerned. One of the things that we just going to have to do is to team up with other people who have the same problem in the world. There are international corporations of all varieties and they all are facing the same problem. We have an enormous international workforce. We really got an opportunity to team up with other corporations and organizations which are doing similar things. I seeing, at least from the research, some very surprising and lovely trends and that is that the younger generation is interested in international careers; they are interested in being mobile and in getting intrinsic worth from their job. They interested in doing good for the world. Well, if there are ever any organizations where you can do good And, I happy to see, too, that MBA students are more and more interested. You know, in the past sometimes they just wanted to go out into the financial sector. I being approached by more and more MBA students in terms of how to work for a UN type humanitarian organization. These organizations are difficult to work for in some cases. I don want to minimize this. If you work for the High Commission for Refugees, or for UNICEF, or for the World Food Program, you have to expect to be constantly mobile. And you may never work in your home country. You may sometimes be in places where your family can be there because they so dangerous. But I think that there is a growing number of people in our world who recognize the importance for the world, for their own families, of the missions of these organizations and