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The Bill & Ted Principle

Please suspend your disbelief for a moment and join me on a thought experiment… Just after a UK General Election at some point in the future, the new Government announces that it is going to come down hard on employment ... View Article

Article by 14 April 2014


The workforce is shrinking at both ends

Yes, it scarily, definitely is. And although this was raised as a blog topic which needs redress through increased productivity, I couldn’t help but notice an HR update email that came through last week. In this one email update there ... View Article

Article by 8 April 2014


On a road to nothing, anywhere

In a recent article in The Financial Times, a consultant who advises strategy consultants on strategy (no, really, that’s what it said) informs us that the two buzzwords on every organization’s lips at the moment are strategy and execution. As ... View Article

Article by 7 April 2014


Copycat Leaders

The latest news from the USA courts is that America’s giants in mobile technology has agreed to attend mediation ahead of their court battle over smart phone patents. They are locking horns in a battle that ultimately is about global ... View Article

Article by 4 April 2014


Dogs, tails, wagging…choices

It used to be that HR, as the custodians of the people policies, wrote them, reviewed them and held on tight to them. Highly knowledgable and clinging to that power of knowing what to do in any people-related situation. Over ... View Article

Article by 17 March 2014


Helping leaders to flourish

A hypothesis: You have what you describe as a leadership skills crisis in your organisation; your leadership talent pipeline is hardly bursting at the seams and current leaders aren’t turning the organisation round quickly enough* / rising to the challenge* ... View Article

Article by 13 March 2014


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


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