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What Kind of World Do We Want?

HR, Society and Economics 2025

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HR2025: What Kind of World do we Want? challenges current orthodoxies about the role of HR. It argues that in order to make the world a better place collectively we must find the will to make it so.
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HR2025: What Kind of World do we Want? challenges current orthodoxies about the role of HR. It argues that in order to make the world a better place collectively we must find the will to make it so. For HR the challenge is to move from being the effective police of corporate procedures and policies to enabling business partners driving a strategic vision of how the organisation can be in this world of uncertainty. It is above all about building adaptive capacity within the organisation so that it can withstand the exogenous shocks from its fast-changing operating environment.

It means freeing the craftspeople to create and innovate. It means paying well and fairly and recognising talent and success. It means maximising time, task and place sovereignties. For it is only by recognising that the organisation is an organism; a biological eco-system; a fully human environment that performance can be maximised and well-being optimised.

That is the HR that will be required in 2025 as, funnily enough, it is today.

  1. January 2025
  2. The Choice
  3. The Great Recession and the Battle for the Soul of the Market Economy
  4. Losers all
  5. Markets Tend to Fail
  6. New Economic Thinking
  7. The Future Economy is Today’s Economy
  8. Why Fairness Matters so much
  9. A New Compact?
  10. HR today, tomorrow and the next decade
  11. Learning is Life
  12. Learning isn’t education
  13. People-centred HR
  14. The ideal world of work in 2025
  15. Back to the Future
  16. Postscript
My initial thought is that the book provokes debate about the current and future role education in society given the changed dynamics in learning platforms. I would also have liked a look at financing of public sector education. I believe that there has been a disconnect between societal objectives on education provision and how, education is financed to support and address the societal objectives on education.
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Nick

Nick Isles

Nick is Managing Director of Corporate Agenda an advice and consultancy business working with clients across the private, public and voluntary sectors. His clients past and present include Tesco plc; Axa PLC; Berkeley Group plc; Asda plc; AMEC;  the United Kingdom's Meteorological Office; Compass; City & Guilds Group; and many universities.  He is Chair of the High Pay Centre and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a qualified Executive Coach. He was formerly a Director at The Work Foundation, a leading UK think tank. He has researched, written and spoken on a wide range of issues that include strategy, change management, skills, employment, leadership, corporate governance and CSR. He has contributed and placed articles and comment in a wide range of media including the Financial Times, the Economist, on all major broadcast news bulletins, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and all the main Sunday papers as well as many specialist and regional media.

Nick’s last book, The 7 Steps to Frontier Leadership was published by Book boon in 2017. What Kind of World do we Want? was published in 2015 and The Good Work Guide: How to make Organisations Fairer and More Effective was published in February 2010 and was described by Professor Robert Reich as an ‘excellent and timely resource’.

Nick was the general editor of Enterprising Europe (2002) and the author or co-author of several Work Foundation reports including ‘Greening Work’ (2008); The Risk Myth (2006), Life at the Top (2005), Where are the Gaps? An analysis of UK skills policy (2005), Cracking the Performance Code (2005), Understanding the High Performance Workplace, The Joy of Work (2004) and Achieving High Performance through CSR (2004).