What’s Your HR Problem? (Or is it just you…)

HR wants a remuneration review. HR wants to improve employee engagement. HR wants to create a better graduate program. HR wants to review performance management policies... Ugh. My problem with all this? If it's only HR wanting it, you may as well not bother. You've got two options in your organisation: Employ a HR team … Continue reading What’s Your HR Problem? (Or is it just you…)

Your Pet Project Is Probably Going to Fail

....but there might be some things you can do to avoid it.   The successful execution of a project, like the creation of any effective work environment, is reliant on the leadership of the group. In a project’s case, this falls heavily on the Project Manager (PM) and Project Sponsor. Colin D Ellis’ first book … Continue reading Your Pet Project Is Probably Going to Fail

A Conversation With #SHRM16 Speaker Craig Briscoe

HR's 'seat at the table' is something that is often waxed lyrical about, again, and again, and again. We're given 10,000 reasons why we should already be there, why we'll never get there, what you're doing wrong, what your CEO is doing wrong and why we need a HR revolution to get there. Quietly though, … Continue reading A Conversation With #SHRM16 Speaker Craig Briscoe

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

Storytelling: People with a Passion for Making a Difference

Yesterday I attended the YMCA Victoria / AFL SportsReady joint program graduation for a group of leaders within the YMCA. The participants are concluding their YMCA Leadership Stage 2 Certificate jointly with a Diploma in Management and presented their group projects to their peers and guests from the wider organisation. It was pretty awesome - … Continue reading Storytelling: People with a Passion for Making a Difference

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?

Ethics in the Workplace & Unintended Consequences

Recently I read a really powerful article by HRTC founder Vanessa Wiltshire about difficulties she has had in her career, particularly in regard to ethical practices in the workplace and the huge emotional toll that can take on staff. We can all generally agree that; Ethical behaviour = good Making profit = good Ethical behaviour … Continue reading Ethics in the Workplace & Unintended Consequences