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#FutureCumbria – The job scene and skills shortages predicted in Cumbria

Mike Smith OBE – GEN2 Managing Director Mike believes that what is about to happen in Cumbria will have a huge impact across all sectors. Cumbria is on the brink of a genuinely transformational period of activity where investment in energy and manufacturing will create demand for tens of thousands

An interview with Ryan Cheyne on the rentalcars Values Festival

My Twitter and LinkedIn timelines looked very colourful recently, as lots of people at rentalcars.com shared photos of their ‘Values Festival’, with lots of fancy dress and a VW campervan. I spoke with Ryan Cheyne, rentalcars.com People Director, to find out more.

The power of hope – Ethiopia part 2

Along with several other trustees of Retrak, I recently visited Ethiopia to see our work for myself and to spend some time with our amazing staff and the children and families we work with. This blog post is part of a series of reflections from that trip.

Being where it counts – Ethiopia part 1

Along with several other trustees of Retrak, I recently visited Ethiopia to see our work for myself and to spend some time with our amazing staff and the children and families we work with. This blog post is part of a series of reflections from that trip.

An interview with Ian Pettigrew on the Theme Addicts podcast

Ian Pettigrew appeared on the Theme Addicts podcast, talking about his own journey with strengths and sharing some of the ways in which he applies StrengthsFinder.

Compassionate Truth (not all feedback is created equal)

Some thoughts on feedback – on what is said (and goes unsaid) and why – with a focus on speaking compassionate truth.

#cipdnap15 – Overall conference summary

I had a great time at the CIPD Northern Area Partnership conference (19th & 20th June 2015 in York), and I didn’t want to lose any of the learning so I’ve curated some of the resources and blog posts into a storify of the event. (You will need to click

#cipdnap15 – Building and sustaining personal resilience

I spoke at the CIPD Northern Area Partnership in York on building and sustaining personal resilience, on how we are all different and that people will develop true strength in different ways. I was going to blog a bit of an overview of my session but when I looked at

#cipdnap15 – How HR can help prepare the next generation for work

Rachel Lloyd @_relloyd CIPD Rachel opened by looking at the state of youth unemployment 3 years ago (at its peak), with massive youth unemployment. Given that the CIPD is all about championing better work and working lives, helping young people start in employment is a very important factor. The Learning

#cipdnap15 – Mindfulness in the workplace: what is all the fuss about?

Sally Roberts, Mindfulness Instructor, Northern Centre for Mindfulness & Compassion What is mindfulness in the mainstream? There is significant evidence of the positive benefits of mindfulness and in the recent years, mindfulness is becoming very popular and has a broad reach world-wide. Most of us expertise improved health when we

#cipdnap15 – The serious business of happiness for increasing engagement and maintaining a healthy organisation

Some people bring happiness when they walk into a room, some people bring happiness when they leave. Choose which one you want to be.

#cipdnap15 – Pets, Pet People and Performance

Ryan Cheyne (former People Director, Pets at Home. Soon to join rental cars.com). Ryan opened with a quick show-of-hands survey of how many of the audience are pet owners (it looks like more HR people own pets than the national average) and an overview of Pets at Home (along with

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