Don’t hold your people back.

This week we saw a quote circulating on social media that struck a chord:
CFO asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”
CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

This week we saw a quote circulating on social media that struck a chord:
CFO asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”
CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

Better you, Better me

Many workplaces play people off against each other, creating a culture of what they call ‘healthy competition’ – with rewards for meeting targets, pitting each member of the team against their peers and showcasing the stars who perform best.

Many workplaces play people off against each other, creating a culture of what they call ‘healthy competition’ – with rewards for meeting targets, pitting each member of the team against their peers and showcasing the stars who perform best.

What kind of leader are you?

There are many ways in which a person can lead – and some are more effective than others. What kind of leader are you, and what kind of leader did you dream you’d be? When it comes to ‘kinds of leader’ it seems that everyone has their own definitions – and that there are varied … Continue reading “What kind of leader are you?”

Leadership and positive messages

There are three great myths about leadership; 1 The ‘hero’ ‘macho’ leader saves the day. History shows us that when it is all about one person, the results are usually disastrous. Leadership is not about one person shining, but what they do for other people. It is not about you. 2 There is finite list … Continue reading “Leadership and positive messages”

Mind the gap.

Each year the number of people who go to university and obtain degrees grows – but studies show that those increasing numbers of graduates are struggling to find work. Is there a gap between education and necessary experience? A recent government report showed that – once again – graduates are struggling to find skilled employment … Continue reading “Mind the gap.”

Who do you want to be?

Climbing the career ladder takes more than just putting in the hours; you have to strive to grow, learn and lead in an ever-changing environment, adapting at every step of your ascent. Choosing a career is never altogether simple – and particularly when we are expected to decide in our teens what direction we want … Continue reading “Who do you want to be?”

Life after Trump: Why a clueless leader might be just what you need

[fusion_text]Not all leaders are experts, but great senior leaders know how to get the best from their teams It’s been two weeks since the world woke to the news that Donald Trump had won the race for the American Presidency – news that shocked many, as a controversial candidate with little political experience hadn’t been … Continue reading “Life after Trump: Why a clueless leader might be just what you need”

Managing well: play the team, not the ball

[fusion_text] Although the interpretation would be mistaken, these don’t sound like the words of either a successful or an ambitious individual. Yet they came from the mouth of Jose Mourinho, one of football’s most iconic managers, describing his brief playing career in the Portuguese second division. Not a man renowned for modesty, his self-awareness is … Continue reading “Managing well: play the team, not the ball”

Expert to leader, caterpillar to butterfly

While much has been said and written about the expert- to-leader transition down the years, there is a tendency to view it as modern alchemy: base materials are mysteriously (albeit not always successfully) transformed from base metal into pure gold. I’d beg to differ, not least because this implies that a) base metals must be utterly transformed to … Continue reading “Expert to leader, caterpillar to butterfly”

Fools’ Gold and Human Materials Science

Organisational life isn’t a chemistry set to play with, enjoying the sparks, explosions and the colourful smoke. Physical Sciences saw alchemy evolve into chemistry and materials science. For HR, alchemy also needs to evolve: talent management If the 21st century is a time for innovation, isn’t the time ripe to invent a new discipline: Human Materials Science?

Organisational life isn’t a chemistry set to play with, enjoying the sparks, explosions and the colourful smoke. Physical Sciences saw alchemy evolve into chemistry and materials science. For HR, alchemy also needs to evolve: talent management If the 21st century is a time for innovation, isn’t the time ripe to invent a new discipline: Human Materials Science?