Is the sky now the limit for women?

So I was doing my household chores ironically; BBC Radio 4 booming out as I ironed and I was drawn to a debate amongst academics on ‘Sweet reason’ about whether or not describing society as patriarchal was outdated and possibly unhelpful. In brief it went a bit like this The pros It is a true…

#LoveYourHR Conference raises £1,600 for local charity Dudley Mind

Dudley Council Press Release: Dudley Council has helped to raise more than £1,500 for a mental health charity based in the town – as bosses at the authority pledged to continue to “do everything they can” to support staff. The council played a key role showcasing the work it is doing to help staff stay…

The Donkin Doctrine – The Aspirational Future of Work

I have always been fascinated by work and the future of work. Some of this started when I read the Toffler trilogy, but it was a book by Richard Donkin titled “The Future of Work” – http://www.richarddonkin.com/books –  that then led me to read Lynda Gratton, Richard Watson, Dave Coplin etc. – all of whom…

How can HR foster innovation and drive transformation?

The most common comment we get from business leaders is that they need to change to keep up with the times. They want to ensure that they are leveraging their biggest asset – their people. In an era of fast and profound change, HR has a huge opportunity to support organisations in recognising the impact…

The art of leadership

One of the many privileges of leadership is being able to influence pace, direction, innovation and delivery, supported, of course, by enabling management systems. The best leaders I have worked with (deliberate use of ‘with’ as opposed to ‘for’) have been those who have recognised and drawn out both aspects and melded them. I once attended an acting…

HR is not about HR: HR Begins and Ends with the Business

HR is not about HR: HR Begins and Ends with the Business With the #LoveyourHR conference fast approaching, ahead of his keynote speech Dave Ulrich discusses his hopes to showcase exactly why it is a great time to be in HR. If you’re not feeling the love, or you’re pondering those great words uttered by…

Wear your coat of power – The power of Onlyness

I recently attended the HRD Summit in Birmingham with its key themes of ‘passion and purpose’. As with most conferences, I came away with something (or should I say someone) that resonated with me – this was Nilofer Merchant. Nilofer kindly gave away signed copies of her book ‘The Power of Onlyness – make your…

The Truth about Digital HR, Technology and Transformation

The ‘war for talent’, digital HR, Cloud HCM, Artificial Intelligence, GDPR, employee engagement, predictive analytics – the list of critical issues impacting HR and the future of work goes on and on. But what is the truth about digital HR, technology and transformation? Based on research with 600+ HR leaders, David Wilson, CEO of Fosway…

Diverse leaders with diverse teams deliver the best results

Today is International Women’s Day. It shouldn’t just be today that we make the effort to recognise women. We should be in a culture where everyone is recognised equally, all year round, for the impact and contribution they make as well as the individuals they are. The GC Index framework is used in organisations worldwide…

Is the answer 42?

As most people of a certain age know, the answer to the question ‘what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?’ is of course, 42.  Having recently spent a day with my own and many other colleagues discussing what might be needed to ‘make a difference’ in supporting the development of ‘cross public…