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Just what does it takes for a woman to become CEO?

Don’t wait to be asked, don’t count on others, play the long game, actively ‘own’ your career and develop a unique leadership style: these are the principal recommendations to aspiring women leaders that come out of a study of female CEOs by academics from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Article by: Andromachi Athanasopoulou | Published: 8 February 2018

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Just what is Machiavellian Intelligence?

It is generally accepted that good leaders need a high degree of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We can be as talented and hard-working as we like, but we are unlikely to be successful leaders if our decisions and behaviours are not guided by a high degree of emotional intelligence.

Article by: Mark Powell and Jonathan Gifford | Published: 6 February 2018

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Mums, the overlooked skills resource

The transition to parenthood brings huge upheaval and the survey of over 2,300 mums shows how many are considering leaving their jobs or sector as a result of becoming parents. The biggest reason by far given for considering starting a business or franchise is the need for greater flexibility - 36 percent said this.

Article by: | Published: 14 December 2017

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School test at age 11 puts glass ceiling over children’s progress

Nearly three quarters (70 percent) of Year 7 teachers use the test results to inform level of support given to both the neediest and most adept of pupils yet only 8 percent believe CATs are very accurate at predicting eventual GCSE performance; 68 percent of teachers feel demoralised and unmotivated in their job from not being able to help most students outperform their CATs predicted grades.

Article by: Charles Wiles | Published: 12 December 2017

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Making HR more interesting

Can you trust your colleagues let alone partner organisations or those you are contracting with? Why don't people stick to agreements, why do they put short term benefit before greater long term gain? Why do they act in a way that is not in their best interest or that of the organisation.

Article by: Blair Mcpherson | Published: 27 November 2017

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Careers advice, the perennial underachiever

We know that well over half of 16-25s would not be happy staying in one job for their entire life (58 percent). “Career mobility is positive today, and the ability to transfer skills from one sector to another is incredibly important for innovation – there’s a lot of cross-sector pollination, and careers advice today disregards this.”  

Article by: Debut | Published: 2 November 2017


Live and learn

How would your managers and senior employees feel about becoming an apprentice? The OED might still define it as “a person learning a trade from a skilled employer for a fixed period at low wages”, but what apprenticeships are beginning to represent, and the influence of the new levy, means employers are looking hard at how the new funding can be used to keep older, highly-skilled staff within the engineering sector.

Article by: Dr Emma Sparks | Published: 22 August 2017

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Three lessons on innovation I learned from the Navy

Companies can’t afford to stand still. Nor can our Armed Forces, who guard the security of our nation 24/7. Both are constantly pushing the boundaries of received wisdom, problem solving and coming up with new perspectives to get one step ahead of the competition or threat. Article by Roxane Heaton, Head of Innovation at Morrisons and Royal Navy Reservist.

Article by: Roxane Heaton | Published: 28 June 2017

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Roll away the stone

Sorry to spoil your melancholy, or interfere with your inherent HR inferiority complex, but HR as a career is alive, well and going from strength to strength. The future holds both great challenge and great opportunity as much for aspiring HRD's as it does for new HR apprentices. Whilst some may harbour a hope that they no longer need us, others observe with envy our influence, zeal and capacity.

Article by: Graham White | Published: 8 February 2017