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Welcome to SAP Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio blog on SCN. I'm Bonnie D. Graham, creator / producer/ host of our weekly live thought leader talk series. Episode #72 aired live on Feb. 13, 2013. Listen on-demand at your convenience.

Episode Overview:

Talent, talent everywhere, yet so many people still can’t find a job. What is HR doing about it? The experts speak.

Dr. Katherine Jones, Bersin & Associates: “Businesses of all sizes have struggled to shift their resources toward growth markets, yet they find a shortage of talent and leadership holding them back. We call this the ‘talent paradox.’ Companies need skills, yet unemployment remains high. We do not really have a job shortage – we have a skills shortage. Why?”

China Gorman, CMG Group: “The changing demographics within the workforce are creating enormous challenges as the Baby Boomers hang on for dear life and the Millennials start pushing up the ladder. The Xers are getting caught with nowhere to go! We may miss a generation in the C-suite.”

Dr. Jan Grasshoff, SAP: “2013 is all about mobility: mental mobility of talents, mobile HR service delivery, mobile learning, mobile workplace, mobile organizations. A key role for HR to play!”

Join us for their insights on HR on Alert: Talent vs. Skills Paradox.

Meet our panelists:

Pictured above [L to R]: Dr. Katherine Jones, Dr. Jan Grassoff, China Gorman

Dr. Katherine Jones, Research Director, HCM /TM Technology, Bersin & Associates, focuses on research on the underlying technologies and services that support the management of a global workforce, including HR, hiring, performance management, succession and leadership, and strategic workforce planning. She is a veteran in enterprise-workforce and talent-management applications, and a recognized expert in cloud computing. Previously, Katherine was a research director for eight years at Aberdeen Group, establishing its human capital management practice, focusing on research and consulting services in HR, talent acquisition, workforce management, ERP, and mid-market companies. Following Aberdeen, she was Director of Marketing for NetSuite, Inc., a SaaS-based ERP solution provider. A widely published writer on talent management, technology, and business practices, Katherine was a university dean involved in academic administration, research, and teaching prior to her high tech career.

China Gorman has held strategic business-leadership roles in the human-capital-management sector for more than 25 years. Currently CEO of the CMG Group, a consultancy supporting solutions providers in the human-capital- management sector, she is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the broad human-resources marketplace. Data Point Tuesday at has quickly become one of the most-read HR blogs. Well known for her tenure as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of SHRM, China also held the posts of President of DBM North America and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, the global consulting division of Adecco, which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership.

Dr. Jan Grasshoff is Senior Vice President of Talent, Leadership, and Organizational Design at SAP. He is responsible for the HR Centre of Excellence which develops and implements global policies and practices in the areas of talent and people development, leadership, and organizational design. Jan has been with SAP since 2002 in various executive-management positions, most recently leading the global Customer Solution Adoption team. Previous roles include the global lead of the service portfolio management function for SAP Services. Prior to that, he created and managed the SAP Global Delivery group which grew in revenue and employee base 30-fold under his leadership. His professional career started in financial institutions where he held roles in private and investment banking in Australia, South Africa, and Germany.

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