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...
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 [...]
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
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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I'm off to the first event for the new Institute of NLTI today. Blending facets from both MBTI and NLP together is one of the more obvious opportunities that we, as a profession, have missed. Two of our most credible and widely used tools are now being combined into one to give us a supertool [...]