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….

The View From Day 108..

My first three months as Chief Executive at WME have flown by and I feel I have clarity over the direction I am now taking, for 2019/20. During my first week at WME I set out some key objectives for my first 90 days, and I did a detailed summary against my progress against these…

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…