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Crisis as catalyst: a Covid-19 leadership conversation with Rupert McNeil and Peter Cheese
‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’ is a phrase we are hearing with increasing regularity in discussions around the longer-term impact of the coronavirus crisis. This may make it a slightly hackneyed, but it doesn&...
20 May 2020
HRD priorities during Covid-19: Part two
A couple of weeks ago, I posted
a blog on HR director priorities
during the coronavirus pandemic, based on my conversations with CHROs one-on-one and in small groups. Things are moving so fast currently that two weeks could as well be two months. Whe...
1 May 2020
HRD priorities during Covid-19
In all those prediction pieces published in December 2019, not one predicted this. Our world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Organisations and leaders have been forced to shift gear and priorities rapidly and radically. In th...
16 Apr 2020
Moving from HRD to NED: Top tips
If you’re in a senior HR executive position, you may be considering taking on a non-executive directorship (NED), either to help strengthen your skills in your day job, add variety, or because you have a long-term plan of moving into a portfoli...
17 Jan 2020
Five hopes for people leaders in 2020
If the last few years in politics has taught me anything, it’s that there is absolutely no point predicting anything. So throw those 2020 predictions pieces out the window. Here are some things I hope – not predict – will happen in...
6 Jan 2020
Organisation design in the future of work: Keeping it human
In thinking about the impact of technology on the future workplace, it’s a standard response to express concern about a potential lack of humanity and a dystopian, machine-driven future. But at a recent HRD breakfast discussion looking at organ...
25 Nov 2019
Putting people and culture at the heart of corporate governance
When I returned to the world of HR after two years in the non-HR wilderness, many of my former contacts asked me what had changed about the profession in my time away. My answer: materially not that much, but what had shifted hugely was the context. ...
31 Oct 2019
How to network
First things first: very few people actively like networking. Even those of us who are naturally good at it don’t joyfully bounce into a room full of strangers, thinking ‘great, these are friends/colleagues/clients I haven’t met yet...
25 Oct 2019
Developing skills for the 21st century workplace
There’s no shortage of data telling a story around a skills mismatch between employers and the labour force. The last annual (2018) CBI/Pearson report on skills and education found that two-thirds of employers fear there will be a lack of suffi...
8 Oct 2019
Corporate governance and culture: Moving beyond box ticking
Cliches become cliches for a reason, and ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ is one such example. As experts within the people profession, you will know culture is multifaceted; that it is hard to define, harder to measure – but ...
19 Sep 2019
Executive pay can’t exist in a vacuum: RemCos need broader people expertise
Few would argue HR doesn’t have a leading role to play in setting reward strategy for an organisation’s broader workforce. But at executive levels it can be a different story, with decisions over top pay led by remuneration comm...
21 Aug 2019
Investors and human capital: the role of HR leaders
Back in 2015, when I was editor of HR magazine, I wrote a
exploring whether investors were finally beginning to take workforce data seriously when it came to making valuation decisions about a company. In it I cited research that foun...
15 Jul 2019
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