007 business lessons from Bond

I grew up in a house surrounded by books. To remove any ambiguity in that sentence, the books were inside the house - I didn't grow up in a house surrounded by a big wall of books around to keep us in. Freakonomics references a great piece of research about parenting and the importance of books. It suggests [...]

Morph and business – reader’s request

This is the latest in a series of requested blogs - so far I've covered Bagpuss and Indiana Jones For those of you who remember Hartbeat (not the one with Nick Berry), the star turn was undoubtedly Morph. He went onto to greater prominence during the hugely successful 'Mighty Morph in Power Rangers' series. However, as [...]

Why I don’t hate HR

I'm writing this because Neil Morrison's last blog covers some of the same ground in a different way and the comments struck a chord with me. If you only have time to read one then I'd suggest reading his. Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on a panel of 'experts' about the [...]

Bagpuss – energy and leadership

*This is the first of a number of blogs that I'll publish in the run up to New Year on subjects suggested by others. I had two measures of worthwhileness in my head when I started blogging. The first measure was a number (that I passed last week) the second was feedback from people saying posts [...]

Raiders of the lost point

The Big Bang Theory is a comedy centred around a group of scientists. It's more fun than it sounds and it provides a geekiness I find attractive. Last week's episode kicked off with Raiders of the Lost Ark being ruined for one of the characters by his girlfriend pointing out that Indiana Jones has no [...]

#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 [...]

Humane, Resourced – early reflections

Last Wednesday we launched a book. It was a far from perfect book - I really appreciate the time of the awesome people at Pressbooks who sent me an email full of flaws in the formatting for me to update. Their software was brilliantly useful in helping us create the book before exporting to Amazon. [...]

Humane, Resourced – out on Kindle

I've just had a bizarre experience where Twitter has once again managed to beat other technology to the punch. At about 6pm someone tweeted me a picture of Humane, Resourced available in the Amazon Kindle store. It was another hour before I got an email from Amazon to say it was available in the store [...]