The Nature of Your Jobs

The Nature of Your Jobs

For long time readers (that's both of you) my aversion to Apple as an organisation and the near cult of Steve Jobs is well documented. However, I'm also pretty 'whole of market' about where I get my wisdom - because I think learning is so precious that you should try and grab it wherever you [...]

UKIP and entitlement

I've heard two truly great speeches live. One was by Tony Benn and the other was by my A-Level economics teacher. I know this blog is about HR(ish), but some of the noise from UKIP has stirred a memory of that speech by my teacher. I was lucky enough go to grow up in a [...]

1/2 metre Bratwursts and a Santa Dog

I went to the Christmas Markets in Berlin last month. We got caught in a blizzard (which is actually pretty standard for our family holidays) and generally had great fun. Here are some observations. They offer hot dogs in Berlin that are half a metre long. As a direct consequence result I ate a hot dog that [...]

No – they didn’t

The thing about time is that it is a great concealer. As we move away from any incident our brains are rapidly working overtime to make us the rational and courageous heroes of that piece. Let's think about what that looks like in the workplace. Do you remember that incredibly heated meeting you had, the [...]

HR Social – Unicorns, rainbows and pixies

Emotivism - I feel a bit bored of social media without the fighting Prescriptivism - everyone should fight, because I'm a bit bored of social media Yes, it's a trite summary of someone else's position - but it's provocative, likely to start an argument and possibly upsetting so it's actually ok. -------------- Yesterday I read [...]

Simple things – language and HR

It isn't that hard. I'm not saying it's easy, but the things we do actually aren't rocket science. Unless you are currently a very involved Business Partner for NASA ( in which case, apologies - but it's hardly brain surgery). It does seem that s all too often we require the comfort blanket of credibility [...]

One identifiable victim – consequences for many

The look in the woman's eyes was suspicious and apologetic all at once. I was travelling in London for the first time since 7/7 and the woman was joining a few other passengers in slowly moving down the carriage, away from my friend and I. It wasn't as subtle a move as they had hoped. My [...]