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Transformation or Transition: treasured rhetoric and awkward realities

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August 19th, 2019

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It was the morning after the night before. And as the mist from the National Day fireworks cleared, the roar of the jets stopped ringing in our ears, and tears at the meticulously choregraphed pageant were wiped away, the word “transformation” seemed justifiably applied to Singapore. Once ridiculed as the ‘the red dot’, referring to […]

Types of Organizational Development Interventions: Group facilitation

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July 12th, 2019

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If we understand organisations as patterns of interactions, then interactions within groups and the whole organisation is at the heart of OD. For the OD practitioner’s group work, ‘awareness’ and ‘intention’ are the ‘air we breathe’ whether working with large or small groups , and whatever the purpose. ‘Awareness’ of what’s happening for you, the […]

Leadership Trumps: Purpose or Process?

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March 2nd, 2017

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Good leadership? Here in Singapore, ‘good leadership’ matters. In Roffey Park’s 2016 Asia workplace survey of over 2000 organisational leaders and managers across the region, 73% of Singaporean respondents said ‘good leadership’ was their number one workplace motivation. So for the leaders we work with here, the question often arises “what is good leadership”? And […]

Exploring the future of HR

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December 8th, 2015

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Earlier this week, over eggs and bacon, I enjoyed a lively discussion on the future of HR with HR magazine Publisher (and Roffey Park Trustee) Sian Harrington and Editor Katie Jacobs. We considered the future of business and how this ‘macro’ environment will affect the ‘micro’ – the HR function. Predicted economic trends are likely […]

Just the same, and completely different

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August 11th, 2015

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That’s certainly been our experience with a group of HR business partners, Directors and Managers in Beijing last week. They were taking part in our three-day HR Business Partner Skills programme, hosted by HR Excellence Centre from Shanghai. Having worked with many similar groups in the UK and elsewhere in Asia Pacific, we asked about the challenges […]