Personnel Today – Diversity in HR: is it really a ‘white female’ profession?

Personnel Today – Diversity in HR: is it really a ‘white female’ profession?

I was delighted to be a guest contributor to this article in Personnel Today by Ashleigh Webber - 26 February 2019. Although often tasked with improving diversity and inclusion, HR is still often seen as a “white female” career. But is this necessarily the case? Ashleigh Webber looks at gender and racial diversity in HR and whether it is as homogenous as it seems. (more…)...
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The Business Cost of Stress

The Business Cost of Stress

On National Stress Awareness Day I want to focus on the business impact of stress; it is now the single biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK. In 2017/18, 15.4 million days were lost due to stress, depression and anxiety. Stress affects one in five of the working population.  Stress doesn’t discriminate against age, disability, race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or your hierarchical position within an organisation.   It can affect anyone at any time. (more…)...
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How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

I often work with leadership teams helping them with their business transformation. When I do, I am reminded of the Govindarajan and Trimble ‘Three Box Solution’ which is still a very relevant tool kit for an age old problem. Innovation guru Vijay Govindarajan explains the problem in his 2016 book - How do you meet the performance requirements of the existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? Key Leadership Tasks for Business Transformation He suggests three things that a forward thinking CEO or key leadership team must do: (more…)...
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GROWing People and Performance with Executive Coaching

GROWing People and Performance with Executive Coaching

Having someone to support and challenge you or your business can be just what is needed to get you to the next level.   However, in the absence of having an Executive Coach I wanted to share with you one of my favourite and most transferable coaching tools and that’s the GROW model.   It can be used during one to one meetings, team sessions to explore alternatives and get buy in, and it can even be used to think through business challenges. (more…)...
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Discover the essential ingredients for effective communication

Boosting employee engagement is often at the forefront of HR and management initiatives, which can lead to countless surveys, meetings, rewards schemes and other new programmes. But the simplest way to increase engagement is sometimes overlooked - it starts with effective day-to-day communication. (more…)...
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