Classroom learning – and why some organisations still need it

Classroom learning has become increasingly viewed as an anachronistic method of helping people learn. It is said that it is of no benefit to the learner, a crutch for the 'trainer' and has no long term benefit. I prefer to see us, as a profession, increase our use of tools and investigate the most appropriate [...]

#CIPD13 – Celebrations and frustrations

So. https://twitter.com/dds180/status/398789638250594304 A long time ago my HR dept used to do 'celebrations and frustrations' each week. Everyone would send in an email listing their work/experiences and then this would be circulated to keep people updated. What tended to happen, all too often, is that the busiest people didn't find time to fill it in, [...]

#CIPD13 – day 1 = reflections and connections

I find people interesting. That's why I enjoy bumbling about in this profession. I can't network, I'm just not wired to think about people that way, but I do love meeting new people and chatting to them. Some people might argue that is networking, but I always think the distinction is in intent. I'm not [...]

#CIPD13 Leading People through Organisational Change

Andrew Wolstenholme (CEO Crossrail, that is a quite a big project) It's a great start when someone says 'I'm going to tell you a story'. The story of the Crossrail project so far was captivating and enjoyable. Observation - HR is about business, having a CEO talk about business is a really useful thing. We [...]

Keynote address at #CIPD13

Peter Cheese (CIPD head honcho), Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones (very smart people who make you reflect on your quality of leadership) are delivering the opening speeches. The future of the CIPD and the best workplaces will be covered... I'm hunched over my keyboard... I've got a press pass and am looking forward to it [...]

New: Collective decisions – the Book of Blogs

Things you need to know - new things are here... read on....don't think you've seen it all before. There are some decisions to be made and you need to be aware of them - even if you don't want to have a say. If you haven't seen any of the blogs regarding this before I'd suggest you [...]

Update: The Book of Blogs 22/07

Quick recap: The Book of Blogs is an upcoming book of HR/OD/L+D/Business blogs that we are attempting to produce as a crowdsourced project, with conception to publication on Amazon in a total of less than 2 months. Currently we are making amazing progress. Thanks to everyone who has agreed to contribute. This week's milestones Milestone [...]

The Book of Blogs – progress update and FAQ

When I first set upon this crazy enterprise I wasn't sure what I was doing or if it would take off. Whilst I'm still not sure what I'm doing, I'm delighted to say that the idea has very much taken off. The individuals below have all agreed to contribute and if they all do then [...]

My First Day at the CIPD

The CIPD have recently announced the appointment of a new Deputy Chief Executive , I thought I'd use this blog post to speculate what her first day in the office might be like.    I'd like to be very clear that this is a parody and that I have had no contact with Susannah Clements and have [...]