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…

Building relationships at work

Some connections last a life time. If you’re lucky, at least once in your life you meet someone who you’ll be friends with for life. I’ve been lucky enough to experience this twice already – not only in my personal life but also in my professional career. I knew that a few of my closest…

What makes the happiest organisation?

Well, whilst I don’t have the full answer, I do know where we should be looking for the answer, and that’s Denmark, the happiest country in the world! So how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year and what lessons can we learn from this and apply to our organisations? Regardless…

12 days of Christmas….. and the winner is…

…wait for it! It transpires that the 13th day of Christmas, or the thirteenth of our Loveyourhr blog series, will be lucky for one of our excellent bloggers and vloggers in that it falls to me to make the first big decision of 2018…. Which one of the excellent contributions will win first prize?  The…

Comparing apples and pears

It’s good to see a changing pattern in the way councils and their partners are organising the design of their services to deliver the best for local communities and customers in general. I acknowledge that outcomes will be the real prize for whether The bespoke design change has worked. Nationally no longer can you see…

Dancing the Tango of change in 2018

Are you ready for 2018?  Are you stepping back into work with a stumble or a spring in your step? Ready to take to the dance floor and embrace the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead? Back in December I had the privilege to be part of the Aspire Celebration event and hear great…

Make Inclusion & Diversity – your ‘ID’ for 2018

“There has been a seismic shift in 2017 around inclusion and diversity issues hitting the headlines in a range of sectors, from adverts by Dove which drew criticism over race, to examples of sexism in the technology industry and many more examples. Make 2018 the year where our HR teams understand the need to ‘connect…

Advice for HR in 2018

Whatever the problems are in your organisations just walk towards them. When was the last time ignoring something made it better? Something unexpected will happen. Be prepared for that. Be the calmest person in the room when it does Expect more from others only after you expect more from yourself Be kind to others at…

New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions should be positive. Too many are about giving things up and stopping doing things. This year give yourself the gift of a positive resolution. Make 2018 the year to love your workforce, to appreciate your staff more, catch them doing something right and encourage them to try something new. Doing this will…