Progressive organizations are routinely looking for a significant edge over the competition that can enable increased market share, fertile revenue streams and sustainable growth. Such objectives highlight the need for astute OD practitioners who can rise above the ‘corporate noise’ and timely initiate meaningful interventions in priority areas. Unfortunately, too many organizations focus on the short term resolution of current challenges and fail to realize the ‘Big Picture’ perspective in terms of harnessing the inherent strengths and accessible resources with an engaged workforce to secure a stellar future. Consequently, the efforts of OD practitioners are conveniently diluted by shortsighted corporate imperatives and ‘scapegoats’ are aggressively sought to ‘dump’ the blame for impending failures while promising careers dwindle in the harshness of organizational politics. Fortunately, such misfortunes can be avoided and the following approach safeguards against Machiavellian measures to preserve susceptible reputations…
Article by 10 October 2019
Effective communication with your audiences is even more important that is has been in the past, given the volume of information we are consuming on all our different devices and various platforms. It’s all about ‘cutting through’ and being relevant to get messages across. This is something marketers have been doing for years, but today customers, potential clients, business partners, and employees place great importance on being able to trust the messages we see. As consumers, we are not only searching for the information we need, we are looking for reassurance. Whether we are researching something we are going to buy, who we vote for, or information to inform our beliefs and opinions we need to trust information that’s communicated by companies and its credibility.
Article by 8 October 2019
Today it feels like change is the only constant that you can rely on. Brexit, digital transformation, industry 4.0 and a changing make-up of the workforce, it’s no surprise that resilience has never been higher on the boardroom agenda. Retaining and upskilling employees in the next few months may well prove critical to business success.
Article by 6 October 2019
Do you experience stress, frustration or a sense of stuckness in your organisation? This may be nothing to do with resistance from staff, but rather a normalisation of a low resilience level.
Article by 3 October 2019
I chose to work in my career as a Cancer Nurse Specialist because people with cancer need much more than treatment alone. There is a much wider picture which is crucial in caring for people with cancer and this is acutely important in the workplace.
Article by 1 October 2019
As social media and politics comes of age together in this exciting period of political affairs, the fastidiousness of communication is more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger commentators where a false or misunderstood word can create as much disaster as a hurricane we are all fixated on watching live and from every angle the actions, words and mannerisms of all those seeking to convince us they are best placed to lead us. With a camera or recording device in every pocket the inevitable gaffs are captured, reported and replayed over and over again. What I find most alarming in these situations is the suggestion that certain individuals seeking to hold the position of leadership are claiming that their communication skills may be there “allowable weakness” whilst retaining many other alternative attributes of leadership.
Article by 26 September 2019
Your organisation’s entry level intake of high potential talent is probably gender balanced – or even skewed in favour of women who make up the majority of university graduates. As careers progress, however, the proportion of women moving into senior ... View Article
Article by 25 September 2019
The current labour market is in the midst of an evolution. Across all sectors, digital transformation is changing the way that businesses operate and shifting the in-demand skills for the workplace of the future. This 2019 Salary Guide revealed that two in five UK organisations (38%) consider digitalisation to be the main evolving force in the workplace today.
Article by 24 September 2019
Working in HR and recruitment, wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball? We could use it to predict the jobs our firms will need to fill in two years’ time and therefore start a recruitment campaign well in advance. We could anticipate the parts of our organisation that will shrink in the next six months, freeze hiring in those areas and begin reskilling and retraining staff to work in the functions that drive business growth.
Article by 19 September 2019
Let me tell you a story of two talented and ambitious young men, both dreaming of a high-flying career – Amaan in the City, Ben in the media. I learned about them watching BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan’s brilliant documentary, ... View Article
Article by 18 September 2019