What does goodness mean in the context of Human Resources and the venture capital that energizes businesses new and old? In the Monday afternoon keynote, Tony Tjan, CEO of Cue Ball in Boston, Massachusetts (the only venture capital firm that started as a nail salon) offers this standard for goodness. It’s where people and organizations commit to going beyond competencies to think and act on values. Tony makes the point that while some business failures are attributable to bad ideas, more failures are connected to matters of ethics and leadership. The best leaders are less concerned with herding followers and more invested in grooming other leaders. And this is how HR can lead, by recognizing that the strategic value of goodness, good people, and good work aligns more with character than with measurable competencies. You’ll leave this session thinking very differently about who and how you hire.
Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.
Profile: From his first days as a newspaper delivery boy in Newfoundland, Tony Tjan has engaged in creative entrepreneurship. His path led to Harvard, the early ups and downs of the business of the Internet, the restructuring of the Thompson Reuters media conglomerate, and on to Cue Ball, which has contributed to the success of the likes of Miniluxe, Virgin Pulse, Dubset, and Landit. Tony is the author of “Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck.”