Applicants – and Paintings Without Prices

Applicants – and Paintings Without Prices

Synopsis: A short piece on value. If you ever get a chance to walk around an exhibition at an auction house it is an odd experience. The exhibits have a guide price - and you are essentially being told what holds more value than other things. The ugly piece that you can't work out the [...]

A selection of theHRDIRECTOR blogs

For the past few months I've been writing a blog for theHRDIRECTOR on a monthly basis, as have a few other familiar faces. I thought I'd pull the ones I'd written into one place and pick out some of my favourites by other folkMine, mine....ALL MINEExit Management - Dignity Costs Nothing - why  provoking an extreme [...]

It’s your career – why do you want to leave?

I wrote this in response to the coverage of Massive Monday. The busiest day of the year for people starting to look for a new role. Except I've now delayed this blog - as there is a great blog from Mervyn Dinnen telling everyone to to calm down. So I did. For whatever reason over [...]

Business Sexy

Let's talk about sex. Recently I read a blog by Neil Morrison about making HR sexy (http://change-effect.com/2013/09/29/get-your-sexy-on/). I agree with it entirely, if you want people to do things differently they need to be interested, if you aren't going to make things interesting - well, you fall at the first hurdle. Quite often we take [...]

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 [...]

I’ve failed people

I'm failed people and I'm embarrassed. Most of the time your brain is working double time (in the background) to build up a retrospective rationale for the things you have done -so that you can sleep easy at night, in the sound understanding that you did the best you could. That is why your mistakes [...]

Moneyball – essential HR speedreads (part 2)

This is the second in a series of quick summaries of essential business/HR books (the first, The Drunkard's Walk, can be found here http://wp.me/p3wxuY-4H) . As with the first review, I hope the lessons are useful, but also that you read the books in due course. I chose them because they are good books that you [...]