Just because I’m young, blonde and quiet, doesn’t mean I’m stupid

What do we lose by making assumptions? What are safe assumptions? Is there a cost to being softly spoken – don’t you need to be able to be heard? What hair colour do the most effective leaders have? Is it grey…

Learning to Fly

I was once asked by a recruiter in an interview how I could expect to stand up to senior leaders because I was too soft spoken.

I’m reminded of this after a black jack dealer in Vegas said that ‘I couldn’t comprehend how to play black jack and there was no point him helping me learn how to play’.

I didn’t realise he was having a go at me until one of the American’s at our table starting ripping into him for calling me stupid and that that wasn’t very nice.

As with the recruiter, it only felt like the wrong thing after I’d left the room and thought about it.

At the time my mind was firmly in thinking the best about what was happening.

I don’t do confrontation, I prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt, I’m not forceful and I’m not prone to talking just…

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#cipdldshow – I love flipcharts

Organisations are both complex and simple. They are rarely 'stable' and they are increasingly reliant upon their ability to adapt in order to survive. The economy is not necessarily becoming a more accurate weighing mechanism, but it is becoming a more rapid one. You only have to look at the change in the fortunes of [...]

CEO’s prefer blondes

Gentlemen prefer blondes. Which is why so many entry positions in HR are filled by attractive women. Possibly. Great angles and observations from Angela and Richard. More on this here… http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2012/03/beauty-and-salary

Up the Down Escalator

This is a discussion that has turned into a post. I was challenged to write it and I do like a challenge, so here goes!

I am joined in this post by Angela Atkins. You can follow here own awesome blog here. In a recent conversation with Angela about how HR needs to change, she said “we have to get the business to want HR to deliver and know what to ask for. Too many CEO’s still hire young blonde girls into HRM/HRD roles because they don’t have the experience to challenge them.”

Now I know this is a provocative statement. And of course, it is also a sweeping generalization – actually, many of them are brunettes.

But in a country the size of New Zealand where many people find themselves in sole charge HR positions in small to medium sized businesses, there is more than a grain of truth…

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25 Leadership Quotes you’ve never heard

25 Leadership Quotes you’ve never heard

A few weeks ago I checked my timeline on Twitter and the entire page was just leadership soundbites. Some had been put onto an attractive background to make them look more important, some had been attributed to Aristotle or Einstein to make them seem more important - but essentially it was a hint that there was [...]

Skyfail – a secret service

Skyfail – a secret service

Please share and RT this in the hope that Sky try and improve their service I moved house on Thursday and Sky Broadband was supposed to be up and running on Friday. I'm posting this using the signal from my phone. With the exception of the removal of my password details everything else is a straight [...]

Humane Resourced – I’m retiring

So today I'm sitting down to draw together the final submissions for the next Humane Resourced book. If you still haven't got your chapter to me then please make sure you get it to me as soon as you can. The last one is still available here I've been useless resisting temptation with this book and [...]