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World Renowned HR Management Expert, Academic and Author

Lynda Gratton

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Lynda helps organizations to transform themselves using human resource strategy. She has spent her life looking into the relationships between people and organizations and how to unlock people's creativity and energy.

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Dr. Lynda Gratton is a leading expert in the field of human resource strategy and corporate culture. With a background in psychology, Lynda has dedicated her work life to understanding how people and organizations interact in the field of work. She has developed and led the world famous programme, "Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies" for the London Business School for more than two decades. Lynda has also written various books and articles, given speeches around the world, and acted as a consultant to high profile international companies. She is the winner of numerous awards, serves on many advisory boards and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Why you should book Lynda Gratton

  • Lynda will explain in simple ways how your human resource department can place people at the center of an organization to unlock their skills and creativity, resulting in increased engagement and a more successful company.
  • She talks about the importance of good leadership achieved through new ideas and their effects on employee motivation and innovation. She will show how working cooperatively and empowering people can be achieved by building a democratic organization.
  • Lynda discusses how to plan for the future of work including leveraging business networks and embracing flexible working patterns.

Lynda was born in 1955 in Liverpool, UK, the oldest of four children. She later received a psychology degree and went on to get a PhD. After working for two different organizations, she moved into academia in 1989 as an assistant professor at the London Business School (LBS). Her passion has been the interaction between people and organizations in the world of work.

After advancing to professor of management practice at LBS, she developed the world acclaimed program, ‘Human Resources Strategy in Transforming Companies.’ This ground-breaking program has changed people’s understanding of how people and organizations interact. She is very much involved in research, being the leader of different research consortiums and Research Fellow at the Advanced Institute of Management in the UK. She also sits on a number of international advisory boards.

Lynda has authored many books and had her research findings published in journals. She has received global recognition including awards for her writing and research, and she is much sought after by high profile companies as a consultant. As a Fellow at the World Economic Forum, she has chaired different councils and delivered speeches at Davos and the G20 in Tokyo. She has given many keynote speeches in various countries and is appreciated for her down-to-earth approach to complex issues.

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People Strategy

How do you put people at the heart of corporate purpose?

“Putting your people at the heart of your firm’s business and people strategy will help your organisation thrive. This means defining and implementing a culture and processes that promote energy and human potential” -Linda Gratton

People Strategy has been a key focus of Linda’s work since the 1990s. She has written two books and a variety of articles which look at people strategy and alignment issues, the structure of HR, and performance management. Linda has put these ideas into a teaching context and for over two decades she has directed the programme ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ at London Business School, considered the world’s leading programme on human resources.


Leadership & Corporate Purpose

What is the role of the company and the leader in this changing world?

“I am fascinated by the impact of global trends – technology, political, resources, demographic – on corporations and leadership. Leaders are under increasing pressure. Trust in corporations is on the decline, and ever more vocal citizens are forming themselves into worldwide communities of interest to influence corporate policy. And yet, while these pressures may be sweeping away some of the leadership capabilities we hold dear, they clear the way for new ideas about what leadership can and should be”          – Linda Gratton

This theme is at the centre of the MBA elective on the future of work that Linda teaches at London Business School. Each year she’s joined by a range of CEOs and political commentators to discuss their views on corporate purpose. Linda is an active member of the Drucker Foundation and have spoken about the role of corporate purpose at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. She has also chaired the World Economic Forum Council on Leadership.


Cooperation and Innovation

How can innovation and collaboration flourish?

“I’m fascinated by the role of cooperation in innovation. For over a decade this was a major focus of research and thanks to a significant grant from the Singapore Government I was able to fully understand cooperation and develop a series of cooperative tools” – Linda Gratton

Cooperation and co-creation are fundamental to corporate and individual purpose and success. There are three key elements:

1. The corporation has a cooperative culture deliberately built through practices and processes.

2. There are rich and diverse networks which allow ideas to move freely.

3. There is a purpose that energises and ignites – a Hot Spot.

Over the years these three foundations – culture, networks and igniting purpose – have been central to Linda’s writing and teaching, and the leadership of her research advisory practice, HSM Advisory.


The Future of Work

What will our working lives look like 20 years from now? What should we be preparing for? How will we be working? Where will we be working? Who will we be working with?

These are questions Linda has been addressing for decades.

In 2008, she launched the Future of Work Research Consortium. Since its launch, it has brought together executives from more than 100 companies to explore how work is changing and what we must do differently to thrive in the years ahead. By 2011, Linda had written about what she had discovered in The Shift, where she outlined the key trends that are shaping our working lives. Then alongside Andrew J. Scott, in The 100- Year Life, she honed in on one aspect – demography, and then widened her gaze to also look at technology and social changes in The New Long Life. Then in 2020, with the pandemic raging, she wrote and spoke extensively about hybrid work.

Linda is part of a number of networks that look at the future trends. For example, as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Council on Work, Wages and Job Creation.


The 100-Year Life

“Today we’re living and working for longer — but few organisations fully understand the opportunities and challenges that come with greater longevity” – Linda Gratton

Linda draws on both psychological and economic research to introduce the concepts of tangible and intangible assets at the level of the individual. In The 100-Year Life she explored how a three-stage life has evolved and what it means to work for up to 80 years. From a corporate perspective, she considered how corporations are beginning to prepare for what will without doubt be the most significant change in human capital ever faced.

In The New Long Life, Linda took a broader perspective, bringing in societal and technological trends. She also created a clear agenda for individuals, education and corporations.

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