Ep 7 – The HR Series: Telcos, get ready for workforce transformation

This week’s guest

Jim Abolt

Senior HR Professional and Leadership Guru

Forget technology and hyperscalers for a minute. If your company is going to survive its inevitable move to the public cloud, you need to start focusing on your people — retraining your team, hiring new talent, and in some cases – letting some people go. That’s right, we’re going to talk about a forbidden topic in this episode: firing people.

This is first in my three-part HR series about the people-side of big change. I’ve known our guest, Jim Abolt, for two decades. You may have heard my interview with him about leadership in Episode 1. If not, take a listen when you get a chance. It’s great.

Jim is an SVP of Human Resources and a leadership guru. He knows more than anyone I’ve met about the effect of big change on the people within an organization.

Hit the play button to hear Jim’s take on:

  • A framework for ushering in change that can be used by anyone – from Girl Scout Leaders to say, President-Elects [04:16];
  • The most overlooked element that can inspire team members to lead the way [05:06];
  • The three reasons some changes don’t gain traction [03:15];
  • How to model the way forward [08:28];
  • How to handle resistance to your new vision [10:57]; and
  • The intersection between Spock and Mother Teresa [12:20].

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Guest bio

Jim Abolt is a senior HR professional and leadership guru. He’s widely regarded as an expert in leadership development, culture shaping, and large-scale organizational change.  Throughout his career, he has played key roles in helping multimillion-dollar companies with global growth, merger and acquisition integration, and succession planning.

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