Source | LinkedIn : By Jacob Morgan
Francine Katsoudas is the Chief People Officer of Cisco, one of the most forward thinking organizations on the planet when it comes to designing employee experiences and thinking about the future of talent. Cisco was started in 1983, and now has 70,000 employees in over 170 countries. It began as a networking company and moved into collaboration/video. They are a very philanthropic organization… one of the current projects in Francine’s sector is called Corporate Social Responsibility. It offers networking academies around the globe that help students learn technology. In the last year, they trained a million students!
Francine has been with Cisco for 20 years, the first half of that being in the business field. She was always fascinated with human resources and finally made the move for a few different reasons, including the fact that HR at that time had a wonderful team that she wanted to work with. Francine has been CPO at Cisco for almost 2 years now. The role was originally CHRO until they developed a plan to build a new HR infrastructure. The history of HR was more about risk and compliance, while the new digital world necessitated anchoring on people, culture, and experience instead. With the title change, Francine’s duties and Cisco’s focuses evolved as well.
Cisco now focuses on special experiences and moments that matter. Focus groups help identify which experiences could be better for employees by asking questions like “What is a good day at Cisco?” Cisco has also made performance management much more inclusive and stopped moving from system to system. Francine believes the future of work is all about people. As technology continues to scale and the world becomes more agile, people are at the heart of work learning how to work in different ways. An organization can have the best technology but if their employees’ behaviors and attitudes aren’t aligned, you just have problems.
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What you will learn in this episode:
• How to do business and be proactive in a world where work is moving faster than people are able to move
• How businesses look at their results and measure what they can do to create powerful teams
• How Cisco creates the best environment for the best teams
• Getting the best out of your employees
• Creating an environment that fosters risk taking
• Driving the best employee experience possible
• Cisco’s people deal, how they did away with performance management, and their concept of moments that matter