Delivering Great HR in an SME

Next session for the morning is with Sue Harper, HR Advisor with Leap 29.

Sue’s going to talk about earning trust from your director(s), the value HR can bring, implementing processes that bring value and hiring the right people!

Leap 29 are global recruitment specialists and operate across Europe and America.  Their values underpin what they do.  They’re passionate about delivering the best service to clients and best service to their candidates. read more

HR in SMEs – CIPD Conference Next Week!

Having had a fantastic time blogging at the CIPD L&D Show a couple of weeks ago I’m really looking forward to going to blog in Sheffield next Tuesday for the second of a two-part CIPD event “HR in SMEs”.  The first day was on Monday in London and it looks like it was a huge success with some great tweets on #cipdsmes14. read more

Shows, Fringes and Chillies

Aren’t people amazing! The last three days in London have been just amazing because of the people I’ve been with, the human connections I’ve made, the new ideas I’ve picked up.

Two of those days were at the CIPD L&D Show. Day 1 was steady (http://wp.me/p45I4E-8x) but day 2 definitely picked up pace with speakers seeming more confident and informed about their content, content generally having a greater depth to it, and – maybe? – my expectations being different after day 1? read more

Coaching at Work

Final session for me at the L&D Show with David Clutterbuck. Which coaching techniques help improve business performance.

Not easy to put financial numbers against benefits but it’s seen that colleagues who experience more coaching and mentoring –
– feel more engaged
– will stay with their employer longer (a third more people stay)
– understand how what they do fits with the strategy and the difference they can make
– knowledge is transferred and retained better within teams
– organisational reputation because there are open conversations about whats going on read more

Middle Managers & Change

Live blogging with Andy Lancaster opening the session on Developing Proactive Middle Managers who Adapt to Change.

Middle management is an incredibly challenging situation – as a new manager there’s so much to learn and change. How seriously do we take this when promoting, recruiting and developing? Not seriously enough when 35% haven’t had training for their role and 49% feel they’re under excessive pressure every week. read more

Brains in L&D

So how DO we use Neuroscience to enhance L&D effectiveness?

Geoff setting the session up that we’ll be talking AT you and that it’s not ideal, as we all know from an L&D perspective, but that needs-must with the set up. However they’ve then actually quite a lot of interaction and discussion during the session and allowed lots of time for it. read more

Fun’s not just for the fun of it!

So first session today at the CIPD L&D Show and I’ve chosen to come to the Science of Happiness: motivating and inspiring individuals, teams and orgs with Stephanie Davies, Director & Founder of Laughology.

Who loves a really good laugh? It’s good for us on many levels and Stephanie focuses on laughter and happiness. read more

What future do we want to create?

I’ve been thinking, as we do, after day 1 of the CIPD L&D Show yesterday.

There was a two-sided debate about whether the content was challenging & different enough or whether it was pitched right for the majority of the audience.

Which is really a question of whether you give your customers what they want as they see the world today. Or whether you stretch their thinking to the possible. read more

Talking the talk…

First day of the CIPD L&D today, 30th April, which I feel privileged to have been able to attend as a tweeter and blogger.

I’ve listened to sessions on –
Cultivating trustworthy leaders
MOOCs
Creating a manager-led coaching culture
Developing resilient yet agile leaders

And I’m reflecting on what I’ve heard. read more

Man in the Mirror

I just overheard some young lads on the bus on their way to school. One was asking his friend for 5p. Repeatedly. It was the first thing he said when he saw his friend which made me think this is a habit. I don’t think a bullying one. But also not really a welcomed one as his friend kept changing the subject, pretending to be distracted by his phone, etc. And it worked. The friend gave up eventually. read more