Renowned HR expert, Brady Pyle, is the Director of the Human Resources Office for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He is responsible for leading a team of 100 civil servants and contractors to ensure NASA has the workforce capabilities for its Journey to Mars.

Brady joins a lineup of star speakers at the upcoming HR Summit and Expo in Dubai from 14 to 16 November. We had a chance to catch up with him prior to his Dubai visit.

On HR Trends…

HRSE: What one key trend is transforming the HR landscape?

BRADY: The fact that professionals are switching jobs more often – I’ve heard it said that Millennials stay with a job for about 2.8 years now – is a significant change facing our organization.  Our current average tenure is 17 years, so many of our policies and practices are based on an assumption of employee loyalty, and that “contract” is changing!

HRSE: How is the future of HR going to be different from what it is today?

BRADY: With technological advances, we expect more teams that cross geographic boundaries, which means HR will need to adapt to new systems, policies, and processes.  Career pathing will also be more important in the future, as Millennials seek new challenges.

And HR Leadership…

HRSE: How does NASA ensure positioning itself as an HR leader?

BRADY: We continue to benchmark with the best-in-class industry HR organizations, so we continue to enhance our reputation as a best-in-government HR function.  We continue to emphasize Building a Culture of Innovation—both at the Johnson Space Center and within our HR Office.

HRSE: Give us your best one-sentence advice for aspiring HR leaders.

BRADY: In HR, you have a unique opportunity to advance the mission of your organization—by attracting, retaining, and developing talent as well as role modeling and stewarding your unique organization culture!

On Brady’s Keynote in Dubai…

HRSE: Tell us about your keynote at HR Summit & Expo in Dubai this November  

BRADY: Many senior executives cite innovation as an important driver of growth, but few organizations really achieve a Culture of Innovation.  While it requires focus, intention, and persistence, the specific strategies for leading and managing innovation can be applied in any organization.

NASA’s unique mission consistently places the Agency among the Top 5 Best Places to Work in the U.S. Government, but it took intentional efforts to put NASA in the #1 spot for the last five years.  To build a Culture of Innovation, NASA uses three key measures while focusing on six practices that every front-line leader can execute.  In 2015, the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas made the leap to be named the most Innovative organization in government—the result of specific Senior Leadership challenges; supporting employees’ pursuit of new ideas; and new awards programs.

You will learn how NASA measures & manages its culture of innovation, specific strategies to drive innovation in your organization, and how senior leaders build, model, and sustain a Culture of Innovation.

HRSE: How do you benefit from being a part of HR Summit & Expo?

BRADY: The world’s best thought leaders in HR will offer unique insights and advice about future trends.  Additionally, the Summit has a variety of unique workshops from some of the world’s leading companies, which will help us stay on the leading edge of HR organizations in the U.S. government.

[At the Summit,] I’m most looking forward to new, practical insights that we can use at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  I’m also looking forward to building new connections in my HR network.

Here is a special message from Brady Pyle to all the HR professionals across the MENA region:

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