Dave Ulrich Speaker

Dave Ulrich

Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner at the RBL Group

Dave Ulrich: Biography highlights

Passionate about the need for radical change within the HR industry, David Ulrich is an engaging and entertaining speaker with truly educational insights into management and leadership.

Known for:

Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speakers
Thinkers50 Speakers

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North America

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Dave Ulrich’s Background

Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 (Hall of Fame) as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with impact. In his writing, teaching, and consulting, he continually seeks new ideas that tackle some of the world’s thorniest and longest standing challenges.

His bestselling books and popular speeches inspire the corporate and academic agenda. Dave has co-authored over 30 books and 200 articles that have shaped three fields:

  • Organization. With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations by empirically showing how organization delivers 4 times business results over talent (Victory Through Organization), defined organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization).
  • Leadership. With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), shown how leadership delivers market value (Why the Bottom Line Isn’t), shaped investor expectations and ability to measure leadership (Leadership Capital Index), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability).
  • Human Resources. He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.

He has spoken to large audiences in 88 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; and coached successful business leaders. He is co-founder of the RBL Group, a consulting firm that increases business results through leadership, organization, and human resources. He gives back to the profession and others, having worked as Editor of Human Resource Management for 10 years, being a Trustee and advisor to universities and other professional groups, and serving on the Herman Miller board for 15 years. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with.

Dave and his wife Wendy serve frequently in their church, have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and get their greatest glee when their grandkids’ eyes light up at seeing them.


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David Ulrich on Bringing HR to the Table
David Ulrich on Bringing HR to the Table
Three Keys to Transforming HR
Three Keys to Transforming HR
HR Competency Study 2012 Results
HR Competency Study 2012 Results
Dr. Dave Ulrich - The Future of HR
Dr. Dave Ulrich - The Future of HR
Prof Dr Dave Ulrich - How HR Creates Values
Prof Dr Dave Ulrich - How HR Creates Values
London Business School

Testimonial for HR from the Outside In 'This book is a crucial blueprint of what it takes to succeed. A must have for every HR professional'

Lynda Gratton
IBM Corporation

Testimonial for HR from the Outside In: 'Packed with facts, evidence, and prescriptive advice. It is about being a business leader first, and an HR professional second.'

Randy MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

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