From Melbourne Australia to Washington D.C. for #SHRM16

If you cannot feel it radiating through your screen, let me tell you, I’m pretty excited!  In a matter of weeks, I’ll be arriving to Washington, D.C. with possibly the best cohort of people you could ever want to conference with. No sarcasm: HR people are the best – we make a difference in people’s … Continue reading From Melbourne Australia to Washington D.C. for #SHRM16

How to Lead a Quest (book review)

The ‘Future of Work’ is very quickly becoming one of those phrases that when I hear I immediately start thinking about what I’m having for dinner. Not because it’s a dull topic – quite the opposite! As a card-carrying HR nerd I find it fascinating – my aversion comes from some incredibly dishwater-dull speakers at … Continue reading How to Lead a Quest (book review)

Learning from your mistakes as a manager

"Managers learn from the meaning they give to experience, not from the experience itself, and they give meaning to experience by reflecting" Sievert & Daudelin 1999 This is a pretty powerful idea - you don't just learn from your experiences but you learn from reflecting on those experiences. During my career I have seen some … Continue reading Learning from your mistakes as a manager

Psych Assessments and Personality Profiles: Worth It?

This week's post is a result of a question submitted through Engage Learn Build. It's a question I get asked frequently in various forms - from executives looking to evaluate their team or a new hire, managers who feel they should be using psych assessments but don't know where to start, right through to friends … Continue reading Psych Assessments and Personality Profiles: Worth It?

Team Retreats – What’s the Point?

I was recently asked to participate in a specialist department's retreat - I know I know, 'retreat' is often a catch-all we use to either shove a tonne of information down unsuspecting employee's throats or a flowery-feel good waste of time (and often company funds). But then I spoke to the team manager and to … Continue reading Team Retreats – What’s the Point?