May 20, 2017 in Strengths & Weaknesses, Intent, Action, My thoughts

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 in Statistics from Liverpool John Moore’s

Led to roles in IT, Procurement, and Finance before opening new doors….


Into leadership development and coaching to help people succeed

And I want to share some advice that I think we all need…


My CV looks like I’ve bimbled along without a long-term objective

But that journey’s given me a very varied and fresh perspective.


Now, HR in some organisations doesn’t always get the best press

And that’s concerning because people really are the key to success.


My work sometimes sounds complex and I still can’t explain it to my mum or my dad.

I just help people use what they’ve got to achieve what they want ‘cos there’s opportunity to be had


Every single day there are loads of people I teach.

And now…. it is time for me to practice what I preach!


Whether it be a seat at the table, budget, or even just enough time…..

There’s so much we haven’t got, about which we could whine!


On disruption, Daniel Susskind said “There is no finishing line”.

And you know what? It is what it is. And that’s just fine.


I will speak up and be bold and brave and challenge what I see is wrong.

Like implementing annual processes when we should really be making management skills strong!


Re-organisations? I’d rather not hear the name spoken.

Instead I’ll encourage leaders to have the guts to address what is broken


I’ll play with new technology  but I’ll not fall for the hype of the new and shiny.

Sometimes old is good and I wish I’d used paper tonight ‘cos this font is tiny.


Much as we try, I know we can’t manage time.

So I will be really intentional in making good choices and the best use of mine.


I will not become irrelevant and end up on the scrap heap.

Because I will be my own disruptor rather than follow the sheep.


Through charity work, I’m privileged to spend time with those in great need.

I’ll use what I have to do good in this world and cajole others to do the same indeed!


I know we have challenges and workload galore.

But I hope you’ll agree with me that we could impact more!


Helping other people actually starts with us don’t you see?

So I’m going to use what I’ve got and be the very best me.



  1. May 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Perry Timms

    Brilliant Ian.

    1. May 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Ian Pettigrew

      Thanks mate. I really enjoyed doing it!

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