Diversity and Inclusion comes to Learn > Connect > Do

It’s going to be big!! On 30th November Learn > Connect > Do is back with something a bit different. It’s our Christmas event – nice and early to avoid bumping into the partying and quality time with friends and family – and we’re bringing you four – yes four!! – experts to join our learning conversation about Diversity and Inclusion.  If you already know you need this learning jump straight to the booking page on Eventbrite! read more

The Chinese Buffet Effect

As I write this I feel like David D’Souza who’s an expert at these analogies with life (as an example, you can read about Chicken and Business Plans here). I hope mine hits the mark. It’s not rocket science, or brand new information (HT Phoebe), but it’s something I re-noticed while working with a leadership team this week – and I don’t think I’d ever previously made the broader connections of this effect in other activities.  Plus I love Chinese food!! read more

Do we need offices?

BREAKING NEWS! Ian Ellison now also speaking at Learn > Connect > Do!!  Read on….

On 1st December it’s Learn > Connect > Do, the event for people professionals who care about making work better.

This quarter we’re talking about our workplaces and spaces and stimulating the debate from the position of “Do we need offices?”.  It’s fantastic to have Dan Pilling and now, not just Dan, but Ian Ellison too!  They’ll be joining us to bring us their deign and workplace insights and get the discussion going.  As the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BIFM Special Interest Group they know their stuff! read more

In a crisis

In a crisis we come together.

While standing on the train station this morning, waiting for the fast train to London with all the regular commuters, the silence was deafening. Everybody was so separate. So isolated. So absorbed in their own world.

It felt desperately alien to me and I wanted to talk to someone – anyone – to create some human connection. read more

When did you last do something random?

While updating his Christmas list on my phone, my son started playing around with the new iPhone feature where you can select the next word from what the phone suggests. This is what it/he wrote….

Days like this is not the same thing as a result of the year before that is not an easy to play the piano lessons and a great way to go out with my family and friends of a good idea of what is up with my life I love you so much for me I have to go out with a few years and years in a row in my room for a long way toward an amazing job and a great way to go back in time and it will take the bus driver. I just want to see the same thing over and over a month or two days after the game with a new phone is so much better than a fart to go back and the rest is the most beautiful and the first half of the year of high quality of life and the rest of the day before I get a follow back on my way home and I don’t think that I have a great way to go back and I don’t think that I have a great way to go back and I don’t. You are the only thing that would have to go back and I have a good time with the new year with the new version is the only thing that would have to be the first place in a row. I don’t think that the new year with a lot more fun if I don’t TY me to go back and I you have a good time with the same thing to say it was the best of the day before I get a follow back please I need a good time with. I don’t think that the new year and I don’t think I can see it as an excuse for the next. I don’t know how much you love someone else to say it was the best of the year. I don’t think that I can see it as an excuse for the next few weeks and months and the other hand the same as a whole new meaning of a sudden it was the first half of the day I have. I don’t think that I can get it right away with the same thing to say it is not the same…… read more

#CIPD14 #streetwisdom

I was really gutted I missed out on the Sheffield Street Wisdom a few weeks back so I was delighted that David D’Souza was bringing it to #CIPD14.

All I knew about it was that you came with a question
You walked around
You tried to find answers.

I believe in mindfulness, I know the power of our subconscious mind and I even know the difference a good walk can make to my own creativity and problem solving. read more

Psst, SMEs, look over here. There’s another way!

After a full on day in Sheffield yesterday at the CIPD HR in SMEs event, I’ve been pondering and reflecting.

There was a huge variety of content from the inspiring Keith Jackson, MD of JRI Orthopaedics (http://t.co/B8Whtcoa1p), to the HR foundations from Sue Harper, HR Advisor of Leap 29 (http://wp.me/p45I4E-aN) and then with some brilliant practical sessions in between: lining HR activity up to the business needs from Sara and Martin from MJF Cleaning Services (http://wp.me/p45I4E-aR), attracting, selecting and retaining talent from Ben at IMarEST (http://wp.me/p45I4E-aW) and a brilliant L&D programme for first line managers from Anabela at Just Eat (http://wp.me/p45I4E-b0).  All rounded off with a discussion and Q&As on leadership in SMEs (http://wp.me/p45I4E-b4). read more