Alex Stamos was the chief security officer at Facebook from 2015-2018. He is currently an adjunct professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. This is the transcript of an interview with
Often, when we talk about data we think about the bits and bytes, the aspects of storage, and processes and methods for manipulating that data to provide the value we are looking for. However, it’s easy to forget that behind the data are often people that the data represents. For
Laszlo Bock is one of the most famous heads of Human Resources ever. Part of this is that he lead HR at Google, and he initiated a number of innovative practices, many of which were captured in his book, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead.
Part of the reason why other HR execs have not become household names is that companies do not think of HR as being as strategic as they should, and therefore the Chief Human Resources Officer is not on an equal footing with the other “chiefs.”
Two and a half years ago, Bock co-founded a company, Humu, that helps CHROs among other executives ensure that teams are as productive and as happy as possible. He has leveraged his experience at Google and GE before that along with the work of prominent academics to develop what Humu refers to as “nudges” or reminders, timed at just the right time to impact behaviors in a positive fashion. Bock describes the genesis of Humu, the technology behind these nudges, and the impact he intends make at companies large and small as a result of Humu. Ultimately, he believes that we are on the cusp of a revolution in human resources akin to the operations and manufacturing revolutions of a century ago.