Did the parents leave yet?

So Richard Branson’s experimenting with Netflix’s ‘no holiday policy’ approach.

I love that he’s trying something different to see if it gets different results.

I wonder what different approaches people will take when putting it into practice –

1. Work constantly with no holiday (or just the statutory minimum) to avoid things falling apart, or to get that promotion, or both. read more

#CIPDCoach14 – Internal coaching & optimum environment

Got a couple of people now. James Hutton from News UK and Katherine St John-Brooks rom Working Solutions. They’re going to tell us about getting the most from internal coaches and some of the benefits and challenges of making this happen.

Keen to hear this because my belief – and ready to have it challenged – is that the role of internal coach is one of the most difficult as you don’t have the objectivity and fresh perspective to bring the same level of challenge. I believe that the greatest power of a coach comes from holding themselves in a place of not knowing and of not seeing things as their client sees things. So I’m keen to hear what James and Katherine have discovered…. read more

The times they are a-changing

dylan_timesYesterday I was at a conference hosted by the andpartnership about Leading for a Changing World in the great surroundings of The Art House in Islington – a unique and opulent setting (and they do great food too!) – just in case you’re looking for a venue with a difference!

The human side of change is the thing the andpartnership team specialise in, which would make Leading for a Changing World an obvious choice for a conference topic. And yet, it’s not just that. The team at ‘and’ think that change is changing! read more

Sticky Change

When we got home from holiday the other week I was making a coffee. Kettle on, cups out of the cupboard….something felt odd but I wasn’t sure what, so I just carried on. Then as I passed James his drink I realised I’d made it in the mug he doesn’t like. We’d had a laugh a few months before about getting old and set in our ways if we’d got to the stage of having favourite mugs! 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

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

Throw out the trash

Inspired by Neil Morrison’s recent post on why HR should hate change (http://change-effect.com/2014/03/24/why-hr-should-hate-change-just-a-little-bit-more/), it reminded me of a true change story I heard a couple of weeks ago from someone from a large organisation.

This is the story from her persepctive….. read more

Zebras at work

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[Photo Credit en.wikipedia.org]

Saturday was a big day for us – we went to see The Lion King at the Lyceum in London!  This was a delayed Christmas present that various relatives had contributed to and we were all very excited – the kids’ first normal train ride (i.e. not a steam-train-on-holiday ride), a trip to the theatre, a night in a premier inn – that always makes their day! read more