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The Policy Policy

Statement 1 – I’m not a big fan of policies. Statement 2 – I’m also not an anarchist and I prefer not to do things that are illegal. I don’t think these statements are mutually exclusive, but all too often any discussion of HR Policies falls into a binary ... View Article

Article by 10 March 2014

Gemma Dale
   

All you need is trust.

Whilst I’m sad to say it, but my own experience over many years in HR, is that the reluctance often lies with managers – in the first instance. The first time someone asks for something a bit different, a bit non-standard, the shutters come down. I have heard every excuse under the sun for not wanting to grant a flexible working request.

Article by 6 March 2014

Tim Scott
   

The best policies are honest

"The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy."

Article by 6 March 2014

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The power of apprenticeships

I'm privileged to do some work with apprentices at The Juice Academy, an employer-led social media apprenticeship programme and I simply want to share some real-life experiences on apprenticeships from three perspectives; my own, employers, and apprentices.

Article by 5 March 2014

Carl Fitzsimons
   

Fortune doesn’t favour the brave…

A week or so ago I was reading an excellent blog by David D' Souza, in which David shared his 10 ‘golden nuggets’ , his personal list of inspirational thoughts that had served him so well, so far in his life and particularly his career.

Article by 24 February 2014

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Change – Is it worth it?

I was fortunate to hear Rita Gunther McGrath speak about 'The end of competitive advantage' recently in a talk that both excited and scared me. The central theme was that the days of finding 'sustainable competitive advantage' are long gone and that companies will need to behave in a very different way to survive. That scares me because I don't see many organisations doing a good job of delivering change. I'm not basing this on Kotter's statistics on how many change initiatives fail, I'm basing this on what I see around me in organisations and on the stories I hear every day.

Article by 24 February 2014

Anthony Hesketh
   

Thoughtful Leadership: When The Whole Is a Greater Than The Sum of the Parts

The recent appointment of Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft didn’t catch many talent watchers by surprise. Late last year, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer discretely announced in a meeting with analysts that Microsoft had already found their new leader. Given no major resignations or announcements had been made, other than to end speculation first, over ex-HP head Mark Hurd, and then Ford CEO Alan Mulally shortly before Christmas, the smart money was on an internal appointment.

Article by 11 February 2014

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Confessions of a retention expert

Earlier in my career I had a large number of job titles in a short time. It's worth charting those job titles to show how one company's thinking grew and changed - changes that are now represented, to a greater or lesser degree, across different companies. So my story of honest confessions of my time as a 'retention expert' commence...

Article by 11 February 2014