Tom Haak

4 Magazines | 2,777 Articles | 6,064 Followers | 3 Likes | @tomwhaak | Partner | Director HR Trend Institute | 30+ years experience in international HR | ARCADIS, Aon, KPMG, Philips | Focus: innovative HR practices, People Analytics

How Encouraging People to Walk Can Help Strengthen Our Cities

I live in L.A., a land of 20-lane interchanges, parking lots the size of football stadiums, and mind-bending, soul-crushing, life-altering traffic. …

Urban Planning

Metropolis Selects "7 Design Innovators to Watch"

RAAF's "The End of Sitting". Image © Jan KempenaersCandles shaped like icebergs that melt to increase awareness for global warming. Reconstructions …


How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

This technology may change the way we think of some of the world's most challenging diseases.

Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.

Sickle-cell anemia, …


Google's own People Analytics brings improved teamwork at search engine giant - 11/17/2015 5:48:16 PM

The Internet company tackled the puzzling problem with a study that concluded how teams work together is more important than who is on a team.

That's …


Your Company Needs Independent Workers

There has been a lot of debate over the past year about the merits of the “gig economy”—where people work on a project or contract basis instead of holding down jobs as traditional full-time employees. Presidential candidates have weighed in on the pluses and minuses of “gig” or contingent work. …

Steve King

Cities where people walk and cycle are healthier... and richer

Cities with more physically active residents are financially healthier too, a study has found, with benefits being higher property values, economic

This company believes it can resurrect humans in the next 30 years

Humans have been wanting to resurrect for the entire length of our history. After all, not wanting to die is a natural instinct. But of course not …

Artificial Intelligence

Making Star Teams Out of Star Players

Artwork: Jules de Balincourt, Ecstatic Contact, 2012, oil, acrylic, and spray paint on panel, 96″ x 120″

When it comes to an organization’s scarcest resource—talent—the difference between the best and the rest is enormous. In fields that involve repetitive, transactional tasks, top performers are …


HR Trends: Earn a badge!

Examples of smart and creative use of trends in the field of people and organisations

#5.001: Earn a badge!

Why? Making fun is serious business. …


HR Trends: Fun in the office

Examples of smart and creative use of trends in the field of people and organisations

#5.002: Fun in the office

Why? Making fun is serious business. …


Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories, this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, wearables are estimated to be more than a $70 billion market by 2024, according to IDTechEx. […]


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Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips …


Why Business Defies Logic

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool." Related posts: Broken Logic, Uncertainty and …

Six Sigma

Corporate Innovation Through Daring Personal Disruption

Corporations can be changed when individuals take on the challenge of personal disruption. This post examines three different scenarios.

Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider …

Machine Learning

Succeeding at Succession

It’s been eight years since the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, and despite all the work and worry it created for corporate directors, the new regulation did bring about one unambiguously positive change: It led boards to finally wrest control of CEO succession away from incumbent chief executives, who …

Succession Planning

How “people analytics” is transforming human resources

A smart badge made by Humanyze can detect how much an employee talks—and how much they listen. (Humanyze)

Last fall, consulting firm Deloitte …


19 Millennial Myths and Truths as Revealed by 7 Google Searches

Much has been said and searched of Millennials. Finally, the myths are exposed and the truths are revealed.

Processing over three billion searches per day, Google has become a global hub for the mind for humanity. Type a query into the blank Google search bar and the Autocomplete feature will …


With This Genetic Engineering Technology, There’s No Turning Back

Designers of a “selfish” gene able to spread among mosquitoes say it could wipe out malaria, but the scientific community is at odds over whether or …


Learning from a Culture of Collaboration: Engineers do it better. What can designers learn from them? #GHC15

Intuit's Yvonne So talks about how designers can implement Agile engineering principles into their work at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.



6 Skills of Innovative Leadership [Download Infographic]

In collaboration with the School of Innovation of Avans University of Applied Sciences we have recently come up with a final design of the 6 skills …


Schematic overview to understand the complexity of the Innovation Ecosystem (Infographic)

The Innovation Ecosystem

The Innovation Ecosystem is one of the most under-researched topics. One the one hand because policy researchers usually tend …


What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020.

Revised Notions Of Ownership

Think of the things you …

Technology Trends

You Can’t Engage Employees by Copying How Other Companies Do It

Employee trust in management and commitment to the company have been in decline for decades. Yet we know that trust and commitment are essential for high individual and corporate performance. Only a minority of companies have managed to buck this decline and have built companies worthy of the human …


Machines Are Better Than Humans at Hiring the Best Employees

People want to believe they have good instincts, but when it comes to hiring, they can't best a computer. Hiring managers select worse job candidates …


9 best business books in tech this year, according to Amazon

Last week, Amazon published the best books of 2015 list.

The annual feature includes top 20 lists of books in smaller categories from cooking to mystery thrillers, too.

We sorted through the business category to find the ones relevant to people in tech. The top 20 books were picked by Amazon editors …


5 Innovations Changing Work as We Know It

New technology is making work lives easier and more interconnected. Here are a few gadgets that could change how we work – regardless of our field.

Virtual reality.
Soon virtual reality systems won’t be just for gaming. Microsoft wants doctors using the HoloLens headset to learn more about the human …


Josh Bersin on the trends that will disrupt HR

"Companies who used to give out employee engagement surveys are now turning to the big survey vendors". Really? Why? This seems to run contrary to …


Why 'Rise of the Robots' was named the most important business book of the year

Yale bioethicist Wendell Wallach proclaimed in June that the developed world is at an "unparalleled" moment in history where technology is replacing more jobs than it creates.

If we use the word "robot" as shorthand for a wide variety of machines and programs fueled by artificial intelligence, then …


Visualizing Machine Learning Thresholds to Make Better Business Decisions

Slater Stich is an Insight Data Labs Mentor and was previously a Staff Data Scientist at Square. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in …

Data Mining

Nestlé nestles down to HR analytics

SUMMARY: Analytics is helping food giant Nestlé uncover the secrets behind high staffing attrition rates.

Analytics isn’t just a silver bullet…There …