Mr. Jackson attends Harvard seminar

Phil Jackson, vice-president of the Cayman Islands HR Society, recently attended an Executive HR Network Summit at Harvard Business School held 10-11 July, which was co-sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management and Harvard Business School Publishing.

The seminar was titled ‘Managing Human Capital in the High Performance Organization’ and was taught by Thomas Delong, professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behaviour area at the Harvard Business School, and Boris Groysberg, assistant professor at Harvard Business School.

Acceptance into the programme was based on merit, explains Lillian McFadden, education analyst at SHRM. ‘Mr. Jackson, along with 39 other participants, was selected from among 75 applications to this specific programme.

The Executive HR Network Summit is an exclusive programme for senior HR professionals, developed to bring together forward-looking HR leaders from top organisations to address critical issues, exchange ideas and solutions, and interact with renowned experts in leadership, strategy, and management’.

Mr. Jackson commented, ‘as an HR professional and a Caymanian, we need to teach our young people that today’s business world requires us to be pro-active and innovative problem-solvers. In order to stay on the cutting-edge we need to seek out opportunities that will challenge us not only professionally but also personally. I admit I was a bit nervous and awestruck when I first set foot on the Harvard campus. However, as the programme progressed I felt more confident and was able to interact and participate in group discussions.

‘What I liked best about the programme was the method of instruction, and the fact not all the participants were from an HR background, which made the discussions lively and interesting. The professor was not only from an academic background, but was also a former managing director at Morgan Stanley Group.

The discussions involved examining case studies of real business decisions that took place such as the impact of promoting the wrong person and the signal it sends to the organization, how to develop and motivate top talent, as well as how to create and sustain excellence in an organization.

In concluding Jackson stated, ‘the tradition and history of Harvard is just amazing. I was very impressed with the facilities, technology, and level of instruction. It was a rewarding experience that I will truly remember.’