The Dark Art Of OD

Organisation Development (OD) has many metaphors, the one that resonates most for me is that it’s a ‘dark art’, often misunderstood, with vastly different applications, meanings and uses. It is nearly always a casualty caught in the crossfire between HR and Transformation as the fight between ‘systems’ versus ‘people’ rages on within our organisations. Transformation…

The 90 Day Plan

Hello! I’m thrilled to have joined WME as the new Chief Executive. It’s exciting to join an organisation which has a strong reputation and brand for delivering a broad range of high quality and innovative HR and OD services. As a HR professional, it doesn’t get much better than leading an organisation, whose sole focus…

Why do some people take organisational change personally?

When change happens in the workplace, the mindset of the workforce is crucial to its success. A brilliant change plan that lacks the engagement and support of your people will not be as effective as it could be. This may seem obvious, and yet it’s not uncommon to find elaborate, well-thought-through change plans missing that…

Why do change leaders focus on the plan rather than the people?

Among all the uncertainty about the current economic climate as the UK moves towards a separation from the EU, one thing is certain: change is coming. Just because we don’t yet know the details, doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for changes to come. And one thing that many change leaders overlook during change programmes…

Only the lonely

The BBC has recently done its Loneliness Experiment survey and a recent BBCR4 debate discussed how loneliness contributes to poor mental health, and therefore poor performance at work.  It strikes me that the rise of agile/flexible working could contribute to a feeling of loneliness, so in this blog I’ll look at how we combat this….

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I was drawn to a debate amongst academics on ‘Sweet reason’ about whether or not describing society as patriarchal was outdated and possibly unhelpful.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…