Bill Sheridan caught me in my session at the Winning is Everything Conference in Las Vegas last week. As a journalist, he has a knack of catching people doing what he thinks is “newsworthy” or meaningful. When I saw this on Facebook, as I was researching this post, it hit me that he actually caught the message of the entire Winning is Everything Conference.
ROI = ROP. Your return on investment (ROI) will come from your return on people (ROP).
Allen Koltin talked about it when he talked about the challenges facing today’s managing partners who feel pressured to keep earnings up as their colleagues head for retirement and find themselves under-investing in their next-gen leaders.
Rebecca Ryan talked about it in her future trends and generational issues discussion.
Deloitte’s chief inclusion officer, Deborah DeHaas, went farther and said, “Those who win the war for talent will win the war. Period.”
We are in the midst of a major generational shift change that is involving five major areas:
- Leadership: A recent Harvard Business Publishing study found only 32 percent of business leaders believe that their organizations have the right leadership to achieve their strategic goals and cope with the current business environment.
- Learning: L>C, flipped classrooms, participation and engagement are the new normal. See my post, The No. 1 way to growth through technology.
- Technology: Hyper-connected, mobile, social, cloud, and Big Data.
- Generations: Generation gap, generation lap, and 2 for 1 (Boomers to Xers).
- Workplace: Work is no longer a place we go, but what we do — open, collaborative, and flexible.
We believe the firms that approach these five major themes strategically and systematically will be the winners as the shift changes.
Which brings us to our final point: ROI = ROP + RONI.
What’s with the RONI?
That stands for the Risk of Not Investing (thanks to my association colleague at ASAE, Reggie Henry). The next time you are being asked, “What is the ROI?” ask them to consider the cost/risk of not investing, of being left behind. In this fast-moving and hyper-competitive environment, delaying decisions around the shift change is the same as not investing. The consensus at Winning is Everything is that this is dangerous to your firm’s future.
ROI = ROP. Your return on investment (ROI) will come from your return on people (ROP). And when you think about ROI, consider the RONI, the Return of Not Investing.
What do you think?
- A Tweetreach archive of the Twitter hashtag #WIE2014 with statistics is here showing a reach of 365,806 and 3,690,110 impressions. (Look who the top tweeters were.)
- MY Big Idea 2014 for LinkedIn: The Shift Change in Accounting (with 21,480 views!)
- How to Grow and Avoid Disruption in 2014
- Here is the set of photos from Bill on Flickr.
- Rita Keller did a post, Next Gen leaders based on the Twitter stream and my Slideshare deck.
- Here is my Storify recap, The High Perfoming CPA Firm.