The truth can set you free

Feedback is key to improvement for both people and teams, but seems to be an elusive commodity at times. My model of compassionate truth helps to make sense of what needs to be said.

Why playing to your strengths isn’t like competing in the decathlon or heptathlon

Helping people play to their strengths has been a major part of my work for over 10 years and – as a Gallup-certified strengths coach – I spend a lot of my time helping people work with their strengths (and their weaknesses!). In Learning & Development, strengths and weaknesses are

Reflections on Connecting HR Africa 2017

In September, a team of us went to Uganda for the 2nd ‘Connecting HR Africa’ trip, and I wanted to share an overview of what we did. The premise behind Connecting HR Africa is really simple: A team of people who do HR/L&D/people stuff spend 10 days in Uganda working with

Thinkers Tavern – #cipdace17

I’m at the Thinkers Tavern being held in Manchester on 8th November 2017, hosted by writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, discussing professional citizenship. On stage, we have a panel comprising: Katerina Rudiger, Chief Community Officer, CIPD Anna Kyprianou, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Middlesex University Inji Duducu, People Director – Reward

A Fair and Inclusive Digital World that Works for Everyone – #CIPDACE17

My live blog of the opening keynote at CIPD Annual Conference 2017 by Baroness Martha Lane Fox – @marthalanefox Martha started her working life in a small strategy consulting company focused on media and telecoms, and witnessed the increasing impact of the internet as it emerged. One of Martha’s first

HR – a seat on the board (Alliance MBS & CIPD Manchester: HR Issues Forum)

My notes from a joint Alliance MBS/CIPD Manchester HR Issues Forum about HR’s quest for a seat at the Board table

NHS Digital Academy launch and panel discussion

My summary of the key points (and a curation of the tweets) from the launch of the NHS Digital Academy at NHS Expo 2017

Claire Haigh – True Strength Podcast – Episode 11

 As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Claire Haigh. The interview has lots of insights into how Claire succeeds, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, and resilience.

Dear HR

(A poem that I wrote for a CIPD Merseyside and North Cheshire branch event): Dear HR,   It is great to be with you tonight but I need to start with a confession…. You know those people Peter Cheese talks about who ended up in the profession…?   My degree

#cipdLDshow – Building Trust in Leadership

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey (university of Bath):   If you have high levels of trust in an organisation, then you are much more likely to have people engaged in change and happy to operate in conditions of uncertainty. Examples: VW and Philip Green – an incident can erode trust in an

#cipdLDshow – Learning and the future of the professions

Daniel Susskind – @danielsusskind – co-Author of ‘The future of the professions’   Futures Daniel Susskind co-authored ’The future of the professions’ which interviewed 100 people across 8 professions to try to make sense of the future of work. They identified two possible futures: a more productive version of what

#cipdLDshow – How to enable networked and reciprocal learning at work

Professor Chris Oswick & Dr Santi Furnari (City University London)   There are three fundamental networking styles: Takers (very transaction and only help others when it meets their own needs) Givers (see first the benefits to others) Matchers (who balance both giving and taking) Givers can be both the highest

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