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…

Bird’s Eye View

Let me guess – what ran through your mind was branded fish fingers! This idiom isn’t at all fishy food but rather a great analogy to embrace and feed your soul in 2018 (it could also be a great icebreaker or story plug for your training delivery). Question: Have you had the work-life-balance timeout in…

We have lift off!

It’s day six of our 12 days and WME’s Head of Leadership and OD, Denise Bolger, reminds us of the importance of using the resources we have to deliver excellent services. Using the clever metaphor, a reference to the film (a true story) Apollo 13, Denise urges us to get creative with the resources we…