Smashing the communication silence

In an articled published in The MJ, Rebecca Davis examines the need for communication, dialogue and trust within organisations and how pioneering programmes are developing strategies to smash the culture of silence that impedes progress. The simple act of silence, usually perceived as an act of peacefulness, can be a dangerous territory. For a senior…

The Benefits of Coaching After Mediation

As human beings we each have different levels of capability on how to change our mindset and feelings from an experience that we have been through. Some would say that they have a growth mindset with the capacity to learn and develop from a negative experience, whilst others that they have a fixed mindset where…

What’s that coming over the hill….is it a monster?

Another Monday morning, you arrive for work. Everything seems normal…. but wait, who is that sat at the spare desk? Not a new team member, your team doesn’t have a vacancy. Not an auditor, no one seems nervous enough. Not a work experience person, too old!! In fact, it’s an associate, parachuted into your organisation…

The Power of Big Data

The quest for big data has been the panacea of HR leaders for the past decade, but in the ‘twenties’ we’re going to see this ratchet up and both the opportunities and challenges around this evolve. There are three key ways in which data will provide benefits to HR professionals in the coming decade in…

Star Quality

Its that time of year again where our minds gravitate to gifting, food and well-earned holiday breaks. It is the month before resolutions are formed and an opportunity to dwell on the beauty of life. According to Ralph Emerson, a star is an ‘envoy of beauty’ and I thought it would be great to propose…

The Joy of Learning

“Thank you” to West Midland Employer’s Inspire OD programme. Why? Because it kick-started and inspired me to ‘SUSTAIN’ a commitment I made 11 months ago. At the end of our second day on the programme we were asked what we would STOP, SUSTAIN and START.’ So here’s my blog, the one thing I said I…

The Goldilocks CV

Having recently left a position which I enjoyed, with great colleagues and a management style which suited my need for autonomy, for a new role with West Midlands Employers I have had to answer the question “why are you leaving?” a lot to colleagues, friends and family. Whilst the stock responses “great opportunity, better salary,…

‘Company Culture: The Way a Company Treats an Employee Who Is Facing Some Hard Times Will Define the Organization’

We all know that organisations recognize the benefits of having a strong culture, one which speaks to the organisations identity/personality and its ability to advance positivity and productivity in the workplace. A big part of the organisation’s personality is captured in the organisations core values which incorporate behaviours designed to create positive relationships, trust and…

I’m effervescent! Have you read it yet?

Maybe it’s due to the summer warm glow that brings early light and bird song; where you wake up with a pep in your step despite your midnight-wee-early morning voracious read of Crucial Conversations by Al Switzler, Joseph Genny and Ron McMillan. Summer reads and a good dollop of soft served ice-cream are a must….