University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Turning the People Stuff Inside Out

Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of the people at work. Of course, we see them in the hallways and during meetings, but we don’t see them in the inhuman tools and processes we’ve built to support our people, manage our people, and orchestrate the work of our people. This shows up in our simplistic leadership models, condescending performance management processes, and cumbersome technology. We might be tempted to ask, “who are these practices actually serving?” Cisco has taken these traditional approaches to the people stuff at work and turned them inside out, elevating the position of the employee in everything they do. Join Ashley Goodall, SVP of Cisco’s Leadership and Team Intelligence organization and co-author of Nine Lies About Work, for a provocative presentation about Cisco’s journey to becoming one of the world’s best places to work. It will leave you not only questioning some of the current practices of work today but will also provide a path forward.  

Speaker: Ashley Goodall

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