In pursuit of results

“A familiar tale; times are tough,

cut the costs or make the sales.

New systems and tech are set to help

“Reduce the work and boost results”

And of course some people have to go

Middle management, on the whole

Leaving gaping gaps in the work that was

Some that moves up but mostly down.

And all the while the tension pulls:

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#cipdmap16 : Curation of the blogs

Last Saturday, 8th October, saw the third CIPD Midlands Area Partnership event.  Jon Bartlett and I were the blogsquad for the day and thankfully lots of other people were on the # too.  It’s been great to see the numbers of people grow on Twitter at events like these, and there were some good debates happening, as well as straight sharing of content or appreciation of what was being spoken about.

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#cipdmap16 – Preparing for the Future of Learning

This session’s with Laura Overton from Towards Maturity.  Laura’s talking about some of the latest insights about learning and how we can use these in work to improve the learning experience and impact.

Great that Laura’s going to have the session as a conversation to keep energy levels up, especially post-lunch.

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#cipdmap16 – Getting under the surface of workplace behaviour

Karen Meager of Monkey Puzzle is speaking about work and leadership. In business we see ‘unhelpful behaviours; and in work we try and address them, often through instruction / process / policy, by changing behaviour. Karen helps business see what’s behind the behavioural ‘issues’ so she’ll be showing us some of these things, some of the science about why and how you can do something about that. And talking about how to know better when you’ve done enough.

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The Soulless Hotel Room

For this post I’m delighted to be hosting a piece from Andrew Page. I worked with Andrew and a number of his fellow leaders alongside Lane 4 as part of their leadership development programme at Loughborough Uni, and I subsequently went on to work with more of the Anglian team at one of their main UK locations.

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Street Wisdom Leicester

img_1195Last Thursday, on a lovely sunny day, Phil Willcox and I met up with an eager group of Street Wisdom’ers in Leicester for Learn > Connect > Do.  Some had experience of Street Wisdom before, while for most it was their first time.  I’m not going to write about the way these awesome sessions run, you can read more about that here, img_1197but I wanted to share some photos of a great afternoon, including the post-event debrief which was at Dolce & Verde – great coffee if you’re ever in Leicester or Rothley.  After drinks and cakes, the Wisdomer’s went on their ways with thoughts and plans in their heads about how to keep a hold of their learning and put different actions in place for the questions they were asking.

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The MAP is Back!

One month today on 8th October, the CIPD MAP team are back for another of their fantastic annual conferences and I’m very much looking forward to being one half of their resident blogsquad with Jon Bartlett (#CIPDMAP16).

The theme this year is “Building Workplaces for the Future”.

When I read this, I don’t see the theme as – come along and learn some things that you’ll need to apply in the next 3 to 5 years. Not even the next 2 years. This theme says to me – come along to learn the things you need to do now if you want to even have a workplace in the future!

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How do you feel about chaos?

At the age of 30 I was properly introduced to the concept of chaos when I had my first baby.  Until then, or at least through my ’18 and over’ life, things had been fairly un-chaotic. That’s not to say they were uneventful but any surprising or unexpected events were mostly fun and things I wanted to be part of.  As I went from 25 to 30 we bought our first house, did it up and purchased much from Ikea (other household shopping outlets are available).  During that time we settled into the rhythm of grown up working and home-owning life.

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#cawconf16 : Positive Psychology in a VUCA World

A 15 minute keynote with Suzy – all the way from Oz!

In the Positivity Institute they talk a lot about the F word – Flourishing!  Help people thrive in a VUCA world. Two-by-two matrix similar to the performance curve with people under or over stretched both being distressed / stressed.   Plodding is not stretched, or Flourishing when we’re at our best – Eustress place – healthy pressure and healthy mental wellbeing.IMG_0531

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#cawconf16 : GSK Accelerating Difference

Next for me a case study from GSK with Sally Bonneywell, VP Coaching.

GSK – pharma, vaccines, consumer healthcare – large, complex and with a long history of M&A activity over the years.  recently sold oncology to Avartis and bought their vaccines business.  It felt like we were “taking out our heart” and that had to be allowed to be heard because that was people’s reality.

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