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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy

Optimizing the Impact of HR Practices on Business Results




A company’s human talent provides an unrivalled competitive advantage in today’s global environment. To optimize that unique ability, human resource professionals must design and foster an employee culture that directly aligns HR practises with organizational goals and actively contributes to the bottom line.

The Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy program complements our Advanced HR program, augmenting the core competencies of HR professionals with business acumen and skills that will both engage senior teams and earn executive-level sponsorship and support.


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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy gives HR professionals the deeper knowledge required to connect HR practices and programs to organizational success.

a) Understanding Business Strategy

You’ll enhance your knowledge of key business drivers and core elements of business models that impact business results. We’ll discuss market segmentation, product and service design, and how organizations – and HR Professionals – create value. We’ll also explain the dynamic interplay between revenues, costs and risk, and demonstrate how strong HR practices contribute to profitability.

b) Practices and Teams that Drive Results

HR disciplines can impact business strategy, but your leadership is crucial to success. We’ll show you how to leverage training, development and performance management programs for organizational success, and how to fully engage your HR teams to keep them focused on business goals.

c) Let’s Talk Business

You’ll need to learn the language of numbers to successfully communicate and contribute to strategic discussions within your organization. We’ll show you how to design and measure programs that deliver business value to your organization through periods of ongoing change.


Jim Harrison

Lead Facilitator

Kendra Hajeck

Lead Facilitator
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Jim Harrison


Jim Harrison is an international consultant and facilitator focused on strategy, sales and talent management for mid-sized to large organizations, including government, public service and healthcare organizations.

Jim started his career in financial services, working as a money trader for RBC/Dominion Securities.  He has over 30 years’ experience in consulting, training, and executive coaching. He works with clients in North & South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and regularly facilitates strategy and training sessions for such well-known companies as IBM, Accenture, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Fuji, AGFA, TD Bank, AT&T, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC.

Jim received his B.Sc. degree in Finance from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. He has been married for over 30 years to Arlene Vandersloot, a midwife and therapist, and they have four awe-inspiring children.

Kendra Hajek

Kendra Hajek has worked extensively with global clients to design, facilitate, and manage programs focused on selling to the C-Suite, leadership, communications and business development for the past 20 years. Prior to founding her company, Kendra was a senior client manager for a boutique consultancy and was responsible for numerous global accounts. She has extensive international experience, having worked with clients across the U.S., Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. Kendra has also worked across a diverse range of industries including professional services, IT consulting, medical device manufacturing, industrial products manufacturing and distribution. With a degree in Management, Kendra spent her early career assisting small businesses with post-merger integration in the oil industry.