Dave Ulrich


About Dave Ulrich - Speaker and Consultant on HR Practices, Leadership and Customer Results:

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group - a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions - and creating strategic and real value to those he works with in three fields.

With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations (Reinventing the Organization) by empirically showing how organization delivers 4x business results over talent (Victory Through Organization), defined organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) - and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization).

With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), shown how leadership delivers market value (Why the Bottom Line Isn’t), shaped investor expectations and ability to measure leadership (Leadership Capital Index) - and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability).

Human Resources
Dave and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focussing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals) - in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.

Dave has published over 200 articles and book chapters - and over 30 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 Journals, on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller (16 years) and Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University - has spoken to large audiences in 90 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; coached successful business leaders, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.

Read more


What Dave Ulrich Talks About:

Leadership: Five Questions
In this one and a half day workshop, Dave Ulrich will answer five questions. The workshop will be a conversation between the facilitator and participants – and among participants.

This presentation will share the latest thinking in leadership – as well as specific tools for turning ideas into impact. Participants will walk away with the ability to define why leadership matters, what effective leadership looks like, how to build better leadership – and how to be a better leader.

Topics covered:

  1. Why does leadership matter?
  2. What is new in leadership thinking?
  3. What is the leadership code – how can I be a more effective leader?
  4. What are the leadership differentiators – how can I build a better leadership brand?
  5. What can I do to improve my leadership?

Winning in the Digital Age: Combining Technology and HR
No one doubts that technology has and will fundamentally change all of our lives – from shopping to driving to relationships to learning to working. While the tsunami of technological change often feels overwhelming, there are some fundamental principles of understanding and using technology – to improve our lives.

This session will be divided into five modules, each helping participants not only understand what the digital revolution means – but how to make choices to better use digital information to manage for organization and personal success.

Outcomes of the workshop:

  • To help participants understand how to use technology to access and use digital information – to improve how work is done
  • The five modules to be studied:
    1. De-mystifying the new digital age
    2. Building a digital business plan
    3. Building an HR digital plan
    4. Creating agility to respond to future technology change
    5. Using digital age to create organization and personal change

HR Business Partner 2.0: Challenge and Opportunity
In the mid 1990’s, we advocated for HR professionals to be “business partners.” The term caught on – and HR professionals attempted to play a key role in business success. But, over the last 20 years, the concept of business partner has evolved. This evolution of HR is not a surprise: in 1997, Netscape was the browser of choice; Sony playstation with 128k memory cards were popular, Apple introduced the powerbook, cordless phones were new – and fewer than 40% had a PC. Times have changed in electronics, and they have changed in HR. HR business partners today are NOT the same as those in 1997. This workshop will lay out the trends affecting the HR business partner.

Outcomes of the workshop:

  • Participants will recognize that being a business partner is much less about a “role” the HR professionals plays – and much more about a way of thinking and acting as an HR professional
  • Thirteen specific evolutions of the HR business partner logic will be offered – and specific tools for managing these elements of the business partner evolution

This workshop is tailored to HR professionals who want to add more value to their organizations. Many HR professionals today are “partners” – in that they help their business succeed. They will each find innovative tools to make this happen.

HR: Are We There Yet?
Professor Ulrich and his colleagues have helped shape thinking on how to transform HR practices so they are aligned to customer needs – and integrated around organization capabilities to build this employee, customer, and investor results. This workshop will address the changing business conditions – and the implications for managing individual ability, organization capability, and leadership.

The required organization capabilities of the future – and what leaders should know and do to respond to future business realities will be highlighted. It will end with implications for the changing role of human resource professionals – and competencies they must demonstrate to be successful. The participants will be able to utilize the learning and practice of this workshop to transform their HR departments.

Read more

 Recent Publications

  • dave ulrich leadership book2 - Dave Ulrich
  • dave ulrich hr book3 - Dave Ulrich
  • dave ulrich leadership book - Dave Ulrich

speaker ideas botton - Dave Ulrich

virtual speakers botton - Dave Ulrich

cost saving botton - Dave Ulrich

For more information about this speaker:

Call toll-free on 1-866-727-7555
Or, email your request.