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Blog

Let’s stop compensating for poor managers

September 13, 2021

Whilst our desire to compensate for poor managers comes from a good intent, we can end up making things worse. In this blog we look at how we can stop compensating for poor managers.

Blog

Making the future workplace – work!

July 27, 2021

Many of you are opting for a hybrid workplace. In this blog, we share some tips on how managers can make the future workplace – work.

Vodcast

Interview: Paul Bulpitt (Founder, The WOW Company)

July 7, 2021

Duration: 27 minutes Lucy talks to Founder of Wow Accountants, Paul Bulpitt, about how to ensure your people live up to your brand.

Video

Three key questions

June 29, 2021

If you genuinely want your team to know you care – then it is about asking the right questions. In this video we share the three questions every manager could use.

Blog

Principles not policies

June 22, 2021

HR is replacing rules and policies with broad principles that use notions of reasonableness, that start from a position of trust - or assume positive intent.

Vodcast

Interview: Thomas Moeller Lybaek (HR Process Innovation Director, Lego)

June 17, 2021

Lucy talks to Thomas Moeller Lybaek about his role redesigning HR processes for Lego.

Video

Performance Management Animation

June 8, 2021

Find out about the latest trends in performance management with our latest animation.

Vodcast

Interview: Selina Millstam (VP and Head of Talent, Ericsson)

June 1, 2021

Lucy talks to Selina Millstam from Ericsson anout their unique approach to transformational change.

Blog

How To Decide on Your Future Working Arrangements

May 18, 2021

Deciding on your future working arrangements can be tricky with so many personal agendas floating about. Here are our list of some do's and don'ts for holding these discussions.

Vodcast

Interview: Elle Harrison (owner Wild Courage)

May 12, 2021

Lucy talks to Executive Coach Elle Harrison about how coaching can be used to bring in talented mavericks without disrupting the culture.

Blog

Don’t Waste Your Time on the Resistors

April 26, 2021

The HR teams who are making fantastic and innovative changes don't waste their time on the biggest resistors. They focus instead on the curious and the open.

Vodcast

Interview: Catherine Garrod (Ex-Head of Inclusion for Sky and Founder of Compelling Culture)

April 21, 2021

Lucy talks to Catherine Garrod (ex-Sky and founder of Compelling Culture) about how to take fresh approaches to diversity and inclusion.

Video

A New Approach to HR

April 14, 2021

If our organisations are going to survive and thrive in this new, disrupted world then we need a fundamentally new way of relating to our people. Disruptive HR would like to introduce you to the EACH approach – employees as adults, consumers and human beings.

Vodcast

Interview: Jason Larry (Global Head of Real Estate and Facilities, Mondelez)

April 1, 2021

Lucy talks to Jason Larry, the Global Head of Real Estate at Mondelez about their approach to post-pandemic hybrid workplace.

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Disruptive HR Diagnostic

March 17, 2021

What are the skills and mindsets that are needed to be an all round great HR person? Take our free diagnostic to see how you compare and get some practical tips on how to develop.

Vodcast

Interview: Shaun Conning (Chief People Officer, DAZN)

March 11, 2021

Duration: 29 Minutes Lucy talks to Chief People Officer at DAZN, Shaun Conning about non-traditional routes into and approaches to HR

Video

Building Influence

March 8, 2021

It isn’t a seat at a top table that gives HR influence. We build credibility and influence through the power of our relationships, our perceived value and contributions. In this short video we look at how you can improve your influence without having positional power.

Blog

The New HR Business Partner

February 28, 2021

What does it take to be an exceptional, high performing HR Business Partner. What are the skills, knowledge and attributes of the best? Here are our thoughts and a sample job spec.

Vodcast

Interview: Nick Shackleton-Jones (HR Director, Talent & Learning, Deloitte UK)

February 19, 2021

Duration: 27 Minutes Lucy talks with learning expert and HR Director Learning at Deloitte, Nick Shackleton-Jones about how people learn and how that understanding can dramatically re-shape our approach to L&D

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Getting Your D&I Intentions Right

February 16, 2021

Whilst of course great diversity and inclusion should lead to action, there is an important stage before that which, if we get it right, can help ensure those actions are more effective. And that is how we frame our intent. This blog looks at how to get your D&I intentions right.

Video

Virtual Performance Management

February 9, 2021

We are seeing a wave of new trends in performance management that take less time, cost less and actually drive up performance – which was kind of why we started this whole thing, right?

Vodcast

Interview: Joel Barnett (Managing Director, Fortune Hill)

February 3, 2021

Duration: 27 Minutes Lucy to talks with MD of search firm Fortune Hill, Joel Barnett about the HR search market and what his clients are looking for from their HR hires.

Video

Virtual Talent Management

January 19, 2021

Part of our 5 Minute Monday series from the Disruptive HR Club, this short video looks at how we can make sure that talent management and career development is happening, even now with the current constraints.

Blog

We need to do more than give up the office lease if we want to work differently.

January 12, 2021

The plans we are making now for a post-Covid world offer a genuine opportunity to re-shape our businesses and the lives of our people but we have to re-shape our thinking as well as giving up the lease on our office.

Vodcast

Interview: Tanith Dodge (one of the UKs leading HR Directors)

January 6, 2021

Duration: 26 minutes Lucy interviews Tanith Dodge, one of the most foremost HR Directors in the UK about what it takes to get to the top of the HR profession.

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HR Festivity Policy

December 15, 2020

'Tis the season ... when HR gets roped into writing policies to make sure we don't enjoy ourselves too much during the festive period! Check out our 'HR Festivity Policy'!

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The Best L&D Tech of 2020!

December 8, 2020

There's some great tech on the market for L&D - but it can get confusing to make the right choice. Here are our recommendations for the best in 2020.

Vodcast

Interview: Claude Silver (Chief Heart Officer – VaynerMedia)

November 25, 2020

Duration: 24 minutes Lucy interviews Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia to learn more about how they have continued to lead with the heart throughout the pandemic.

Blog

Health and Wellbeing: Less Zoom Yoga, More Trust

November 10, 2020

We should question whether our healthy snacks and instructive posters are addressing the real barriers to feeling well. Should HR be the caring parent and provide the right kinds of food, exhortations and education? Or should we look to reduce the things that create the stress in the first place?

Podcast

Interview: Maggie Fox (Head of People Operations – Xoserve)

November 4, 2020

Duration: 39 minutes Karen chats to Maggie, the Head of People Operations at Xoserve about how they have transformed their approach to performance management.

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How to Create Your Employee Persona

October 27, 2020

Employee persona are invaluable for helping you to make sure your HR products and services are designed with the end-user - your employees - in mind. We’ve put together a handout that takes you through a step-by-step process to help you create your Employee Persona so that you can get started with personalising the employee experience for your people.

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Engineers Are Human Too

October 20, 2020

In HR we are often told that getting certain types of managers to move away from process is impossible, that they have to have a process, especially for people management. In this blog we look at why that is not the case and how all managers, even engineers, are capable of changing the way they lead!

Podcast

Interview: Elena Aylott (VP Global Employee Experience, Oriflame)

October 14, 2020

Duration: 23 minutes Lucy to talks to Elena Aylott from Oriflame Cosmetics about how she has introduced Employee Experience.

Blog

Refresh Your Job Descriptions

October 6, 2020

Do you feel that your current job descriptions are a bit tired - a long list of tasks or just don't reflect your brand? Then we’ve put together some simple tips to give them a refresh and included an example job description to get you started.

Video

Appraisals Are Not The Answer For Poor Performers

September 28, 2020

A taste of just some of the content you can get from our Disruptive HR Club! Here's one of our 5 Minute Mondays - an example of one small change you can make in a video that's less than five minutes! This one is about how appraisals are not the answer for poor performers.

Podcast

Interview: Amy Dawson (Ex OD Lead, Essex County Council)

September 16, 2020

Duration: 11 minutes Hear how Essex County Council transformed their approach to performance management. From research to ensure their approach was user-centred, to getting rid of ratings, becoming employee-led and focusing on ‘in-the-moment’ feedback!

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HR Team for a Disrupted World

September 9, 2020

What does an HR team for a disrupted world look like? In this blog we look at five key trends in HR design that will offer greater opportunities for real creativity, increased capacity to deliver and happily, should save money too.

Podcast

Interview: Aidan Geary (Director of Operations, Conde Nast)

September 4, 2020

Duration: 32 minutes Lucy interviews Aidan Geary, Director of Operations at Conde Nast. He talks about the challenges of running a global media brand during the crisis and some of the positives that have come from it.

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HR Stuff you can stop to save money

August 31, 2020

HR budgets are tight and are probably going to get a lot tighter. Here's some HR stuff that you can stop doing that will save you money - and create a better people experience.

Podcast

Interview: Inge Oosterhuis (Managing Director Talent & Organisation, Accenture)

August 19, 2020

Duration: 19 minutes Lucy chats with Inge Oosterhuis who heads up Global Innovation/Human Potential at Accenture about the trends she's seeing as a result of the crisis.

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5 Things That Great Leaders of Talent DON’T Do

August 17, 2020

We need a fresh perspective on what great talent management looks like. Here are five things that great talent leaders don’t do that we might have admired in the past.

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Diversity & Inclusion: Time For Something Very Different

July 27, 2020

Despite tons of effort and investment our progress in creating truly diverse organisations remains pretty slow. This blog explores the traditional approaches we need to stop and what we should do differently.

Podcast

Interview: Anne-Katrine Ahlefeldt-Laurvig (Head of Global Leadership and Talent Development , Novo Nordisk)

July 22, 2020

Duration: 19 minutes Anne-Katrine describes her excitement about how the crisis has given her team renewed confidence that they can make change happen.

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Busting Bonus Myths

July 17, 2020

Despite HR’s progress in lots of other areas in reward, getting rid of bonuses has proved almost impossible. I think that’s because we, and our leaders, cling onto a number of myths that have proved hard to shake. This blog tries to bust those myths and to give you the ammo you’ll need if you want to fight this particular battle!

Podcast

Interview: Esther Wallington (Chief People Officer, HMRC)

July 15, 2020

Duration: 21 minutes. Lucy chats with Esther Wallington, the Chief People Officer at HMRC about the changes in managers' and employees' behaviour during the crisis.

Blog

Better Normal Award Winners!

July 14, 2020

We have a winner! Well, actually we have five winners! Five HR teams who have shown amazing resilience, innovation and agility. Five companies who have used the crisis to make lasting changes in how they deliver HR.

Podcast

Interview: Amy Brand (Global HR Partner, Swiss Re)

July 7, 2020

Duration: 21 Minutes Lucy talks to Amy Brand, Global HR Partner for Swiss Re.

Podcast

Interview: Andrea Gordon (Director of HR, Peabody)

July 7, 2020

Duration: 24 minutes. Lucy chats to Andrea Gordon, HR Director at Peabody Housing Trust.

Blog

#BetterNormal: Leadership

June 29, 2020

What does leadership look like post-crisis? In this blog we explore what #BetterNormal leadership looks like and share examples of how leaders are doing it well.

Podcast

Interview: Amy Girdwood (EVP People & Culture, Discovery)

June 25, 2020

Duration: 19 minutes. Lucy interviews Amy Girdwood, EVP People and Culture at media giant Discovery.

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#BetterNormalAwards

June 23, 2020

We want to celebrate those of you who are creating a #BetterNormal. So, we’re launching our #BetterNormalAwards.

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Leadership communications

June 8, 2020

One of the upsides of the current crisis has been a shift in the way that leaders are communicating with their teams. When we think about returning to normal, it is vital that we don’t lose some of these four leadership communication trends.

Podcast

Interview: Simon Linares (HR Director)

June 5, 2020

Duration: 32 minutes. Lucy interviews one of the UK's most prominent HR Directors, Simon Linares.

Podcast

Interview: Katherine Robinson (People Director, NHS Blood & Transplant Service)

May 29, 2020

Duration: 21 minutes. We hear from Katherine, who heads up HR at the NHS Blood and Transplant service.

Blog

Create a Better Normal

May 24, 2020

For all the sadness of this crisis, it presents HR with an amazing opportunity to create something better. A better normal. This blog explores how you can start to do just that.

Blog

HR Crisis Management #2: Getting the work done

May 12, 2020

This second blog in the series on HR Crisis Management looks at five approaches that have worked for HR leaders in previous crises to get the work done.

Blog

Virtual Ways to Say Thank You

April 28, 2020

With the current COVID-19 crisis, your team may be finding it challenging working from home for long periods of time. So, knowing that what they do matters and is appreciated is more important than ever right now. Take a look at Disruptive HR’s simple ideas to say ‘thank-you’ that will surprise and delight every personality in your team while they’re at home!

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HR Crisis Management: #1 Supporting Leaders

April 20, 2020

As an HRD of some fairly big organisations, I would have said I was well-used to leading HR through crises, but clearly nothing has prepared HR for what we’re going through now. In this blog we focus on how HR can support leaders.

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Disruptive HR Podcasts

April 9, 2020

Check out our new Disruptive HR Podcast channel!

Podcast

Interview: Andy Emerson (Head of Services) & Oliver Langford (Head of Employee Experience), Thrive Tribe

April 7, 2020

Duration: 25 minutes. Hear Andy Emerson and Oliver Langford from Thrive Tribe talk about the people activities that support their great culture.

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Covid-19: The implications for HR

April 1, 2020

HR had already been making some significant changes over the last few years, and the good news is that all of these changes are likely to stand you in good stead for facing the new post Covid19 world. In this blog we explore what the implications of the crisis could be for HR.

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Agile HR

March 9, 2020

A short animation that gives you 7 steps to help HR go faster!

Webinar

Why stay interviews are a must (and how to do them!)

March 4, 2020

If you’re not doing stay interviews yet, you should be! They are a fantastic way to increase engagement and retention. In this webinar we show you how to get them going in your organisation.

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How leaders can create trust

February 17, 2020

Trust in leaders matters more than ever and yet, many leaders destroy that trust every day. In this blog we share how leaders can create a relationship with their people that is based on trust, even in the most challenging of times.

Podcast

Interview: The Coop Colleague Experience

February 13, 2020

Duration: 14 minutes. Claire Camara and Clare Fogden from The Coop share how they have begun to implement employee experience, or as they call it, 'colleague experience'.

Podcast

Interview: The Co-op. Building Leadership Capability

February 12, 2020

Duration: 14 minutes. Claire Camara and Clare Fogden from The Coop share how they are building leadership capability in new ways including focusing on the behaviours they need in the future, taking out tired processes and changing the ways leaders are chosen.

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How HR can drive innovation

January 23, 2020

Every organisation seems to crave greater levels of innovation. This blog looks at how HR can play their part in making this happen.

Webinar

Making Flexible Working Work!

January 9, 2020

You have to offer flexible working to attract the best – but how do you actually make flexible working work in your organisation? In this webinar we look at how to do it successfully.

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9 Box Grid Fatigue

November 19, 2019

As the pressure to secure the best talent mounts, HR is rightly questioning the real value of one of our most favoured talent tools – the 9 Box Grid.

Webinar

A fresh approach to employment policy

November 14, 2019

Not the most exciting area of HR but our employment policies can say so much about how we want to treat our people. This webinar offers some fresh ways of doing them and is just one of a wide range of tutorials available on The Disruptive HR Club.

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HR & Marketing: The New Power Couple

November 4, 2019

HR and Marketing are natural allies. We can use many of the Marketing Team's techniques to make HR more relevant and impactful.

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Time to get rid of your corporate values?

October 2, 2019

Like many other employment concepts that sprung up in the 80’s and 90’s, corporate value statements seem increasingly old-fashioned and irrelevant. Maybe it’s time we took the posters off the wall and went for something different?

Podcast

Interview: Nebel Crowhurst (Former Head of People Experience, River Island)

September 27, 2019

Duration: 32 minutes. Nebel talks through her exciting and innovative approaches in fashion retail HR.

Podcast

Interview: Caoimhe Keogan (Chief People Officer) & Alex Miell (Director of People & Organisation), MoneySuperMarket

September 27, 2019

Duration: 39 minutes. Caoimhe and Alex talk about the innovative approaches to onboarding and D&I at MSM.

Podcast

Interview: Karl Burnett (VP Human Resources, A+E Networks)

September 5, 2019

Duration: 22 minutes. In 2018 A+E Networks UK were named the best place to work in TV in the UK by industry magazine Broadcast. We chat to their VP of HR, Karl Burnett, to hear how they did it and get him to share some of the secrets of their success.

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Making Frequent Check-ins a Reality

September 2, 2019

Saying you're moving to frequent check-ins as an alternative to annual appraisals is one thing - making them happen is another thing entirely! In this blog we look at how HR teams are doing this successfully.

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The 3 BIG myths of Talent Management

July 1, 2019

Talent management, like so many aspects of HR is getting a welcome overhaul. The traditional focus of HR teams on the big cumbersome processes and painful assessments is being replaced with more agile, conversational and outcome focused approaches. In this blog we discuss the myths around traditional talent management and explore the 3 big trends we're seeing from progressive HR teams.

Podcast

Interview: Drew McMillan (Director of Colleague Communication & Engagement, British Airways)

June 4, 2019

Duration: 28 minutes.
Hear how Drew and his team have used consumer insight techniques to shape their approach to Employee Engagement.

Blog

How Can HR Go Faster?

May 22, 2019

How can HR go faster? How can we ensure that we are going at the pace of the fastest? How do we ensure we that we are setting the pace instead of putting the brakes on? This blog explores 7 ways HR can pick up speed.

Podcast

Interview: Tracey Waters (Head of People Engagement and Development, Sky)

May 9, 2019

Duration: 22 minutes.
Tracy talks about how Sky has moved away from class room based learning to an approach that is owned by the employee.

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If HR is redundant, then who takes over?

April 29, 2019

The number of articles predicting the demise of the HR profession continue to stack up. In this blog we look at who on the Board would take over HR's role and what fresh approaches they might bring.

Podcast

Interview: Suzie Welch (Former Group People Director, Pizza Express)

April 25, 2019

Duration: 23 minutes.
Hear how Suzie developed a new leadership framework that made a real shift in the performance of the business.

Podcast

Interview: Frank Van Den Brink (Chief Employee Experience Officer, ABN AMRO)

April 25, 2019

Duration: 32 minutes.
Listen to how ABN AMRO used employee personas to help them with their employee experience journey.

Podcast

Interview: Russell Saunders (Partner, Inchigo)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 28 minutes.
Lucy and Russell talk about leadership and the role of HR

Podcast

Interview: Katee Van Horn (Former VP Global Engagement & Inclusion, GoDaddy)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 20 minutes.
Hear from Katee about how even small changes can have a bit impact.

Podcast

Interview: Suzanne Roddie (Head of Performance & Talent, Virgin Atlantic)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 36 minutes.
Suzanne talks about how Virgin Atlantic have revamped their approach to Performance Management.

Podcast

Interview: Colleen Fuller (Former Head of Talent & Employee Experience, Vistaprint)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 27 minutes.
Hear how Colleen adopted agile principles within HR at Vistaprint.

Podcast

Interview: Catherine Garrod (Head of Inclusion, Sky)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 20 minutes.
Hear about how Sky is getting their Diversity & Inclusion agenda right.

Podcast

Interview: Ann Roberts (Group HR Director, Badoo)

April 24, 2019

Duration: 27 minutes.
Ann shares how Badoo is approaching their talent challenges in super competitive industry.

Podcast

Lucy Adams: “We need to be experts in human behaviour, not process”

April 23, 2019

The speaker and author on the right way to manage change – and how not to criminalise employees

Podcast

Interview: Steve Cadigan (Ex-VP of LinkedIn) & Karen Bowes (HRD, Capital One)

April 5, 2019

Duration: 30 minutes.
Steve and Karen talk about recruiting digital talent.

Podcast

Interview: Mario Kaphan (Founder, Vagas)

April 4, 2019

Mario shared with us the journey Vagas has been on to become the dynamic company that it is today. An interesting read on how this company makes self-managing teams work for them.

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Great HR is Messy

April 1, 2019

As unpopular as it might be with leaders who often crave certainty, great HR is just ‘messy’. The HR leaders who are having the most impact, who are creating the conditions where people and organisations can thrive in our disrupted world are those who have the courage to avoid the neat solutions and instead offer messy solutions to the challenges we face. In this blog we explore what 'messy' HR looks like in practice.

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Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Part 2

March 3, 2019

In the second part of this blog we share the ways in which organisations are taking fresh approaches to D&I.

Blog

Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Part 1

February 19, 2019

Diversity and inclusion is an area of HR that has long needed refreshing. This blog looks at why our typical approaches aren't working and the new trends that are really helping organisations become more diverse and inclusive.

Podcast

#21 Sam talks with Lucy Adams about the future of work and the role of HR

January 31, 2019

Duration: 1 hr 27 minutes, Stream #21 Sam talks with Lucy Adams about the future of work and the role of HR by Sam Talks Technology from desktop or your mobile device

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The Disruptive HR Guide to Creating your Employee Experience Part 3

January 28, 2019

The third and final blog in our series on how to create an amazing employee experience. This blog offers a step by step guide to get you there.

Podcast

Reinventing HR with Lucy Adams

January 22, 2019

Why does HR need a fundamental re-think? Hear from, Lucy Adams, author of the bestseller ‘HR Disrupted’ as she uncovers a new way of thinking about the role ...

Podcast

Obstacles in HR and how they can be solved

January 22, 2019

Hear from, Lucy Adams, author of the bestseller ‘HR Disrupted’ as she talks about the obstacles facing HR and how to tackle them as we go through our third evolution in HR.

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Great HR Tech for 2019

December 17, 2018

It's easy to get confused with so many HR tech products out there. Here's our pick for 2019!

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The Disruptive HR Guide to Creating Your Employee Experience Part 2

December 10, 2018

Part 2 in our blog series on creating an amazing employee experience explores the different elements you might want to include.

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The Disruptive HR Guide to Creating Your Employee Experience Part 1

November 27, 2018

Despite all the hype, moving to an employee experience focus is genuine game changer for HR. This blog is the first in a series on how you go about creating an amazing employee experience in your organisation.

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Writing an HR Board Report that they actually enjoy reading!

October 30, 2018

It should be the most interesting report in the Board pack, so why is it usually last on the agenda and met with indifference? In this blog we look at how to make the People Report into something they actually enjoy reading and look at the two questions every Board should want to know about our people.

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HR: Time to stop obsessing about the Stars and Rogues

September 24, 2018

Most of HR's energy gets spent on either the top or the bottom 10% of our employees. This blog suggests that there are serious downsides to this approach and that it's time to stop obsessing about our "stars and rogues".

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HR: Helping leaders to move with the times

September 1, 2018

If we are going to help leaders and managers move with our desire to change approach and to deliver HR that is more relevant for today’s disrupted world, then we need strategies that make it easier and more appealing than our usual HR initiatives. This blog provides some different ways of helping leaders to embrace new techniques.

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#nobullshithr

July 10, 2018

A (tongue-in-cheek) look at the jargon we use in HR.

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We need HR Products not Services

June 12, 2018

In HR we have prided ourselves on becoming great service providers. In this blog we explore how this service mindset may have done us no favours and how moving to HR products might give us greater impact.

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Get your entrepreneurial mojo back

April 29, 2018

“We started out with real agility and entrepreneurialism. Then, as we grew, we started to bring in lots of policies and process. Now we feel slow and less creative. We never wanted to end up being this type of company.” If this sounds like your organisation then this blog is for you. We've got some tips to help rediscover what made you great in the beginning and to avoid the accepted wisdom of what it means to be a grown up company.

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How HR can build greater collaboration

April 10, 2018

A need for collaboration between teams is something many HR teams are wrestling with. Unfortunately, our traditional approaches and processes do nothing to help foster better working relationships and, in some cases, actively work against them. So how can HR help to create greater collaboration in their organisations? Here we look at four of the approaches that companies are taking to ensure their people focus on beating the competition and not the team next door.

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How do I get rid of ratings but keep bonuses?

March 10, 2018

Whilst the 'no more ratings' argument seems to be winning, many of us are still wrestling with the dilemma of how to pay out bonuses if we don't have a number assigned to individuals each year. In this blog we look at the options you've got to make this happen.

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Closing the HR Credibility Gap

February 8, 2018

Worrying about our credibility can be a bit of an HR obsession. We worry that we still haven’t got that seat on the Board. We worry that we aren’t taken seriously as Finance. In this blog we look at credibility boosters that work (and those that don't!)

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HR Transformations Don’t Transform HR

January 29, 2018

HR Transformations don't transform HR. Eight out of ten large companies are currently running one to reduce HR costs but less than 20% actually deliver. In this blog we look at why that is and what the alternatives might be.

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Great HR Apps for 2018

January 4, 2018

It’s January 2018 and some of you out there will be entering another year of your major “HR Transformation”. You’ll probably be over-budget and behind schedule. Why not have a look at some of the great app alternatives?

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HR: Human, Not Process, Experts

December 18, 2017

Whilst it's often easier and cheaper to implement one-size-fits-all processes, they rarely deliver results. If we are going to genuinely change behaviour, we need to become the human not process experts. In this blog we explain how.

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Books to disrupt your (HR) thinking #2

November 12, 2017

Welcome to Part Two of the Top 10 books that helped to disrupt my approach to HR 

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Books to disrupt your (HR) thinking

October 17, 2017

There’s a few reading lists doing the rounds so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and give you my personal favourites.

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HR: Let’s stop making the irrelevant more efficient

September 15, 2017

If you’ve been in HR a while, you’ll have your own collection of cringe worthy moments. Those memories of when you launched a new process that achieved absolutely nothing. Instead of trying to make our broken processes easier to use, this blog explores how we can have a genuine impact.

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Create MY employee experience

September 1, 2017

HR surveys tell us the creation of a great employee experience ranks as a major trend again this year. They also acknowledge that only a minority of companies have found a way of doing it well. In this blog we share how you can create not just one employee experience, but a customised one.

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It’s time to throw away your leadership competency model

July 9, 2017

The leadership competency model is based upon a myth of the perfect leader. If we can attain all the competencies, we'll be perfect! Of course, this doesn't exist. So, how can we determine what we need from leaders in this disrupted world? In this blog we look at fresh alternatives.

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Retail Therapy: Creating a great employee experience

June 21, 2017

Anyone who loves to shop gets what a great customer experience looks and feels like. In this blog we look at what we can learn from retail as we think about creating a memorable employee experience.

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Meet the new leader of talent

June 5, 2017

Picture this leader. She has lots of people wanting to leave her team, she recently lost a couple of good people to a competitor and she neglects her high-potentials. Meet the new great leader of talent!

Podcast

How to attract and retain great digital talent

May 25, 2017

Whatever your sector, we’re all tech companies now. The need to attract and build a digital capability is one of the key challenges for all leaders and HR professionals. In this blog we look at how two experts have done in their companies.

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Building trust through the frontline

May 19, 2017

The most recent global survey into the issue of trust has some challenging implications for HR. So much of our current approach stems is based around our leaders being the font of all truth, wisdom and credibility.

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It’s a good thing that HR doesn’t know the answers

May 12, 2017

My business partner loves uncertainty. She deliberately won’t book a hotel till the last minute so she has the excitement of not knowing where she’ll be staying that night. She starts her shopping on Christmas eve. She actually enjoys hot desking. She is not the norm.

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Succession Planning: Time to stop producing Mini-Me’s

April 6, 2017

Succession planning in traditional ways isn't delivering. This blog looks at alternatives that are more suited to a disrupted world.

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Thinking about getting rid of ratings? Be bolder and look at bonuses too.

March 8, 2017

We often get asked to work with clients who want to change their approach to performance management. Typically, this focuses on the sensible desire to remove the dreaded appraisal ratings. There's nothing wrong with this.

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RIP Annual Engagement Surveys

February 8, 2017

Is there anyone out there who still thinks the annual engagement survey is a good use of time and money? Is there anyone left who still believes that the annual engagement survey improves engagement?

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Onboarding for Impact

January 22, 2017

Whether you call it onboarding or induction, it means the same thing – it’s all about how we get new employees bedded in and working effectively as quickly as possible.

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Putting the Human at the heart of HR

January 8, 2017

If you’re in HR, then I’m sure you experience those awful moments when you question whether the processes you and your team have worked so hard to create are actually delivering results.

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Let’s stop saying “employees are our greatest assets”

January 8, 2017

We often hear organisations say that their “employees are our greatest assets”. What a horrible phrase. Assets are things like buildings, computer equipment and furniture – not human beings.

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Treat me as an adult

January 3, 2017

I am going to assume that anyone reading this already gets the need for better and different HR practices. I am not going to bang on about the demands of a “VUCA” world, the pace of change, the rise of the Millennials, or a more globalised, networked economy.

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Old vs New Talent Management

December 2, 2016

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking at the traditional repertoire of talent management tools and techniques. I’ve been doing the easy bit - dissing the old favourites like the 9 Box Grid and Hi-Po Programmes but not putting forward what might work instead.

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Hi-Po Programmes. The CEO’s outdated vanity project?

November 13, 2016

I always found it interesting that despite having to make quite deep cuts in my budgets over the years, my CEO’s would be reluctant to see the removal of one of the bigger ticket items in the HR portfolio – the High Potentials Programme.

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Employee Experience – More than an HR Makeover

October 21, 2016

Despite our seeming obsession with what we call and how we structure ourselves, the latest HR makeover to Employee Experience can, I believe, present an opportunity for genuine change.

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Forget bonuses. Here are the top 6 ways to reward your people

September 28, 2016

Think of the best reward you were ever given at work. Actually, think of the best reward you were given anywhere. I was recently hosting a panel of seven business leaders and posed that question to them.

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Consciously uncoupling appraisals and pay

September 19, 2016

I’ve never hidden my dislike of the annual appraisal, and we don’t exactly lack for articles discrediting them, yet they’re a resilient, persistent breed that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

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The latest trends in HR Design

September 19, 2016

As the dissatisfaction with the traditional "three legged stool" model for HR increases, many HR professionals are asking the question “What is the next generation HR structure?”

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Make this year the last time you do the traditional annual appraisal

September 19, 2016

When people find a mission in life, it’s usually something really awe-inspiring – like climbing Kilimanjaro or saving some rare species of whale. Mine is really lame.

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Ditch your employee handbook

September 19, 2016

A client recently called me to talk about improving their employment brand. I was very excited and had loads of ideas about how they might change their approach to some of the big HR ticket items such as talent, performance and succession.

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Communication – it’s as tricky as ABC

September 19, 2016

The fact that people believe that only one in five business leaders will tell the truth when the going gets tough would suggest that they are not managing their communications terribly well.

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Engagement – Adult. Customer. Human Being.

September 19, 2016

We can really over-engineer things in HR and Internal Comms can’t we? The jargon, the models of engagement, the diagnostics ….

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Help managers with their PMT (Performance Management Tension)

September 19, 2016

It’s that time again. That time of year that we all dread. Appraisal season.

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