Tom is speaking at HR Indiana, the largest HR conference in the Midwest. As you know, he has been working for the last few months on an essay, "The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development." In many ways, he says, that essay will be the basis for his speech. "I try to do my best at every event—but this one, I admit, is special. I believe that changing circumstances—especially technology—put, or will put, damn near every job at risk. Hence companies—from 3 employees to 33,333 employees—have an obligation as never before to develop their team. The good news, as I've said for over 30 years, is that this is also the number one approach to maximizing profit and growth in the mid- to long-term." Tom summarizes his argument on a single slide, with text as follows:
CORPORATE MANDATE #1 2014: Your principal moral obligation as a leader is to develop the skillset, “soft” and “hard,” of every one of the people in your charge (temporary as well as semi-permanent) to the maximum extent of your abilities. The good news: This is also the #1 mid- to long-term … profit maximization strategy!
Tom adds, "This is really important to me, and I hope it may push you toward action."