Ian Ziskin

Affiliate Research Scientist

Ian Ziskin is President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, a human capital coaching and consulting firm he founded in 2010 following a highly successful 28-year career as a corporate business executive. EXec EXcel Group builds individual and organizational credibility through human capital strategy, leadership & talent development, and organizational transformation. Ian delivers services to clients as a board advisor, coach, consultant, teacher, speaker, and author. His client base and corporate work span the aerospace and defense, automotive, chemical, consumer products, education, electronic components, energy, entertainment, financial services, health care, high technology, information technology, manufacturing, professional services, retail, and telecommunications industries, among others. He is the Co-Founder and Partner of Business inSITE Group (BiG), a strategic partnership focused on coaching, leadership development, and HR transformation. Ian is also the Co-Founder of the CHREATE Project (Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent, and the Enterprise) as well as the WoHRk Project, both designed to address the future of work and HR.

Ian serves or has recently served as a Board Director or Executive Advisor to Allegis Partners (New York, NY), Axion Health (Denver, CO), Executive Networks (San Francisco, CA), Humantelligence (Miami, FL), RiseSmart (San Jose, CA), the SHRM Foundation (Washington, DC), and the USC Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA). He is also a past member of multiple additional Boards and Executive Committees, including Chairman, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board; Vice Chairman, HR Policy Association; Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell University; Personnel Round Table; and Human Resources People & Strategy.

Ian’s global leadership experience includes serving in Chief Human Resources Officer and/or other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 corporations – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW.
He has written or co-edited three books, Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project (2018), THREE: The Human Resources Emerging Executive (2015), and WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe’s are Luckier than WannaBe’s (2011), and he is a contributing author to The Rise of HR: Wisdom From 73 Thought Leaders edited by Dave Ulrich, et. al. (2015) and The Chief HR Officer: Defining the New Role of Human Resource Leaders, edited by Pat Wright, et.al. (2011). He has written dozens of articles, blogs, and book chapters on the future of work, HR, and leadership, as well as on coaching and HR’s role with the Board of Directors, among other topics.

Ian has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University, where he held a research and teaching assistantship based on scholastic achievement, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Binghamton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 1988, Human Resource Executive magazine named Ian one of twelve “Up and Comers in HR.” In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, considered to be the highest honor in the HR profession.

Recent Research

Key Insights to Understanding the Role of Your Board

Ian Ziskin shares that the first and most fundamental responsibility of the board is to represent the interests of shareholders—those individuals and institutions that invest capital in the company and expect a financial return.

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The Emerging Role of HR Leaders and the Future of HR

Ian Ziskin will lead a conversation about the evolution of HR leadership and the future of the function, including capabilities required for success, what you need to know, with whom you need to interact, and when you are most likely to experience development.

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Evolution of HR Leadership, 8/11/15

Ian Ziskin led a conversation about the evolution of leadership and of HR.

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The Future of HR, 7/21/15

John Boudreau (CEO), Ian Ziskin (CEO), and Ravin Jesuthasan (Towers Watson) shared their latest research, examples from companies, and next steps on the Future of HR. They reviewed cases and examples of what companies and CHRO’s are doing today to meet the changing demands of business.

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HR Leadership - Philosophy and Behaviors for Success, 8/05/14, recording/slides

This Webinar focuses on the aspects of HR leadership. Ian Ziskin (Executive in Residence, CEO) will lead a conversation about the leadership philosophy and behaviors required for success, what you need to know, with whom you need to interact, when you are most likely to experience development, and how you want to be thought of by others.

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