Author: Lifesight

HRMI 2019: Amy Edmondson tops list of influential thinkers

This article was published via HR Magazine on 17 September 2019. A link to the original article can be found here.

Last night HR magazine unveiled its Most Influential rankings for 2019 at Claridge’s hotel

The HR Most Influential (HRMI) rankings, in partnership with LifeSight, recognise the HR practitioners and thinkers pushing people strategy forward. HR Most Influential is now in its 14th year.

Amy Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School, took the coveted place of HR’s Most Influential thinker.

Edmondson was commended for her work which “arrives at a time when many organisations and HR professionals are engaged in seeking to make their organisations more effective, inclusive, and empowered”, according to editor of HR magazine Jenny Roper, speaking at the event.

Commenting on her work on psychological safety, which earned her the top spot, Edmondson said: “People cannot flourish in a culture of fear… I stumbled into the concept of cultures of fear. It’s my oldest work, but it’s taken a long time to get it right. I found a stunning result, which was that high-performing teams in healthcare didn’t make less mistakes, they made more. I was able to demonstrate that maybe it’s not that they really make more mistakes; it’s that they are more willing and able to talk about them.”

Described as a “stalwart of our thinkers list” founder of Quality and Equality Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge came in at second place. Cheung-Judge remains in the top three having also been ranked 2018’s number one most influential thinker.

When collecting her award Cheung-Judge talked on her focus of organisational development, and stressed the importance of ‘self’ to HR practitioners’ work. “As a troubleshooter for so many organisations, yes policy is important, structure is important, but we need to think that the most important thing we can do is to enable that ‘self’ to blossom… When we can do that we are all on to a winning formula, so go for it,” she said.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic was announced as this year’s third most influential thinker. He said that it’s important for the HR profession to retain a critical inquisitive approach to what it does, and to regularly challenge itself: “This speaks to the right spirit and attitudes of HR magazine. Unless you want to go down the route in the US where HR had been co-opted by the self-help industry, it’s good to have self-criticism, which is what Britain has always been known to do well. Cynicism and the ability to not take yourself too seriously is at the heart of this. It’s an honour to accept this award.”

Having topped the HRMI thinkers list in 2017 and as a stalwart of the top five over recent years, professor of organisational psychology at Queen Mary University of London Rob Briner was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the profession as he was welcomed into the HRMI Hall of Fame.

Briner was praised for his tireless work ensuring practitioners understand evidence-based HR and how to embed it day to day, with the concept now included in the CIPD’s new Profession Map, launched in November 2018.

He said: “I’m not going to leave anyone alone until the idea [of evidence-based HR] gets a bit more traction. Over the next few years I’m planning to spend a little less time in the university and more time working with practitioners… It’s truly an honour, thank you.”The top 30 thinkers are as follows:

1Amy EdmondsonNovartis professor of leadership and managementHarvard Business School
2Mee-Yan Cheung-JudgeFounderQuality and Equality
3Tomas Chamorro-PremuzicProfessor of business psychologyUniversity College London and Columbia University
4Adam GrantSaul P. Steinberg professor of management and professor of psychologyWharton School, University of Pennsylvania
5Matthew TaylorChief executiveRSA
6Herminia IbarraCharles Handy professor of organisational behaviourLondon Business School
7Simon SinekSpeaker and consultant
8Caroline Criado-PerezAuthor and campaigner
9Perry TimmsFounder and chief energy officerPTHR
10Nilofer MerchantAuthor and speaker
11Vlatka HlupicProfessor of leadership and organisational transformationHult Ashridge
12Gervase BusheProfessor of leadership and organization developmentBeedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
13Peter CappelliGeorge W Taylor professor of management and director of the Center for Human ResourcesWharton University of Pennsylvania
14Bruce DaisleyAuthor and VP EMEATwitter
15Rob McCargowDirector of artificial intelligencePwC UK
16Peter CheeseChief executiveCIPD
17Rachel BotsmanAuthor
18Wendy HirshIndependent researcher and principal associateInstitute for Employment Studies
19David D’SouzaMembership directorCIPD
20Josh BersinPrincipal and founderBersin by Deloitte
21Megan ReitzProfessor of leadership and dialogueAshridge Executive Education
22Stephen BevanHead of HR research developmentInstitute for Employment Studies
23Patrick LencioniFounder and presidentThe Table Group
24Chris RoebuckOrganisational success advisor and visiting professor of transformational leadershipCass Business School
25Linda HolbecheAdjunct professorImperial College London
26Patrick WrightThomas C Vandiver bicentennial chair and professorUniversity of South Carolina
27John AmaechiOrganisational psychologist and consultantAmaechi Performance Systems
28James Traeger
Rob Warwick
Director
Reader in management and organisational learning
Mayvin
University of Chichester
29Simon FanshaweCo-founderStonewall
30Susan VinnicombeProfessor of women and leadershipCranfield School of Management

Visit the HR Most Influential website for all our listed individuals and their profiles.