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What are effective HR Business Partner Skills?

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August 1st, 2018

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When working with groups of HR business partners on our HR business partner training programmes, we usually start with discussion about what exactly is the role of an HR business partner followed by  a self-assessment of essential skills. What is an HR business partner? There are many definitions of an HR business partner.  In 2008 […]

Another day, another high street chain in trouble

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June 29th, 2018

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The list of high street chains in trouble seems to grow daily – Mothercare, House of Fraser, M&S, and (even) Waitrose have all recently announced store closures in a bid to restore or improve profitability. The retail sector is not the only one hitting the headlines because of poor performance and corporate crisis – international […]

The future for HR is agile, systemic and here

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April 30th, 2018

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A systems thinking definition In a recent article for HR Magazine Paul Walley gave a useful definition of systemic thinking as: “an approach to problem-solving that sees complex entities as a series of components with each part interacting with and influencing the rest. The approach can be applied to managing organisations: the various divisions, units […]

Time for a re-examination of HR?

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April 25th, 2018

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Over the last two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to connect with various HR Leaders, on our own open programme and at a People Directors network meeting. As always these leaders are passionate about their organisations and the people who work there. As always they are grappling with complex and strategic issues, whilst ensuring their […]

HR and the future of work – will HR have a role to play?

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July 3rd, 2017

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Last week I had an opportunity to debate “Who is the People Director of the Future” (www.peopledirector.org) with a group of HR leaders from a variety of private and public sector companies, many of which are household names. Although I am an advocate for the often-maligned HR function, I found it was quite easy to […]