The Choreographic Leader

When I first entered HR, it seemed the key aspects to becoming a manager or leader were: Firstly, what drove promotion was your records coming to the top of the pile, and secondly, when appointed into management, often there was no change in behaviour. In reality, the existing skills were translated into the new role, working without providing direction and leadership to the team.

Learning through the linking of context, content, coaching and experiences

Learning is most effective when it takes place ‘at work’ and within context.

The ’70:20:10′ Learning Model suggests that 10% of learning happens in a classroom with 20% involving others such as discussion groups and buddying. The remaining 70% (‘real learning’) happens within contextual situations, dealing with actual issues and business challenges.

Thoughts for 2022…

Four interesting men with a golden thread of complementary ideas running through what they say and how to exist in our troubled world. The courageous Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His ability to challenge and at the same time have a great sense of mischief. His Holiness...

International Women’s Day 2021

Let me take you back and no, it is not to Strawberry Fields! We have a wonderful leader in the shape of our Queen, an object lesson in steadfastness, duty and knowledge - think of 14 Prime Ministers.In the 1970s Baroness Rennie Fritchie was one of the first full time...

Mental health and wellbeing

Recent events have placed an increasing emphasis on the importance of our psychological wellbeing.  A pandemic, with lockdown, time away from education, work, friends and family has had wide-reaching impact, and this will be different for each of us.  The World Health...
The Future Has Arrived

The Future Has Arrived

We were reminded of where we came from, the history of how L&D emerged from ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Greek practice, through Vestibule Training, Role Playing, Apprenticing, Sitting with Nellie, Job Instruction Training and now Learning & Development via Process Manuals, CBT, eLearning and blended learning.

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A Cooper coup for CIPD and Christmas Celebrations!

A Cooper coup for CIPD and Christmas Celebrations!

What great news from CIPD yesterday! A new President in the shape of Professor Sir Cary Cooper. Anyone who attended the keynote speech at the CIPD Annual Conference this November will have seen the great synergy between Peter Cheese and Cary Cooper.

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Diversity, controversy, disparity, flexibility or what?

Diversity, controversy, disparity, flexibility or what?

We are delighted to welcome a new team member this week – Reem Makdese. So today is busy as usual with our lovely Simon Urgilez in to configure my new laptop, sort out other IT related issues and generally catch up. Simon’s company Intersys IT is contracted to us for IT support and we are finding his expertise invaluable.

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Air miles? Extra miles?

Air miles? Extra miles?

Those of you who follow the blog will know that the team has been travelling a bit lately! So whether it be our lovely Isle of Man or Gibraltar, or the more exotic Abu Dhabi and Dubai, I reckon we have clocked up thousands of air miles!

This got me thinking as I delivered our last Circle of Peers session in Gibraltar yesterday about what actually gets our people to go that extra mile? To me our last topic this year, Resilience, is an innate ability but it can be developed. So how does that relate to going the extra mile?

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Juggling or multi-tasking or just going at warp speed?

Juggling or multi-tasking or just going at warp speed?

Well, today is going to come under the category of Mental!

We have an Investors in People assessment against the 6th generation of the new standards. This is to prepare us for our formal assessment next year, where we aim to gain the Gold standard for the third time. There is now a Platinum standard too, so who knows…?

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A tale of two hotels

A tale of two hotels

So here we are in the amazing UAE. Our first stop was Abu Dhabi and we are now in Dubai. The lifestyle and the architecture is fabulous. The two hotels that we have been staying in are really beautiful and it has been interesting to reflect on how the people working in the hotels have…

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Up close and personal

Up close and personal

It is fascinating to personally experience what you are talking about. You can’t have missed that our next round of Circle of Peers events focuses on the topic of Resilience. The first event was this week in London at the Institute of Directors.

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A coterie of Cs

A coterie of Cs

It has been one of those weeks really. I am up at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester. The welcome was charismatically delivered by Peter Cheese and then the keynote, by Professor Sir Gary Cooper CBE to give him his full title, was excellent.

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What makes a great leader?

What makes a great leader?

I so believe in serendipity! I was asked to talk to a large HR team this week. Getting there meant a train trip so I like to have some knitting with me – something to do with a low boredom threshold I reckon! Some people really think I knit!

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Daring to dream on a megascale

Daring to dream on a megascale

Is this just me being a hopelessly positive person or is it really possible do something with ideas that seem phantasmagorical at the time. The Back to the Future celebrations yesterday were fun with many serious organisations playing – for me this is just what life should be about.

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Cullen Scholefield goes Bolly mad?

Cullen Scholefield goes Bolly mad?

Don’t worry no Bollinger – that would be too fabulous! Working hard and playing hard is as applicable now as it was in the 1980’s. I love having fun! It is great to be able facilitate this and participate in fun activities.

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Travel – Serendipity – Resilience

Travel – Serendipity – Resilience

We all know that life is never predictable – this is one thing that you can actually predict!! This week it has been great to be in Gibraltar – warm weather always cheers me up. I like travelling and have learnt to be pretty chilled about the serendipitous nature of travelling! So the opportunity to chat with total strangers and the inevitability of delays I take in my stride.

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Induction, on-boarding, orientation

Induction, on-boarding, orientation

The serious bit is that we always feel that after carefully selecting new people, their first 100 days are critical and failure to settle people in is a huge waste of resources. You would not invite someone for dinner and then not have enough food for them would you? Strange to me how many organisations get this wrong and see it as a necessary evil.

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Times are a changing

Times are a changing

May you live in interesting times – has a number of interesting interpretations! For those of you intrigued by etymology read on! For me it has to be Robert Kennedy in 1966, after all, I am a product of the 60s’!! So getting to the point…. Next week I am presenting at the Haywards Heath and District Business Association (HHDBA) Conference.

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Gearing up for 6G

Now do I hear you say what is she up to now? Of course you have read and heard me talking about the 5G workplace, but now we have 6G and it is not the latest iPhone!
I was pleased to be blown away by a really professionally run conference in Manchester this week. Investors in People (IiP) launched the Sixth Generation of the Standard.

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Change is all around us

Change is all around us

Sometimes the oldies are the goodies. One of my favourite goodies is Alvin Toffler, I first came across him at a time in my life when I was beginning to have confidence in myself and my own ability to learn. His book The Third Wave made so much sense to me then and now. Toffler used the term waves:

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Do we need to stop saying HR and talk about PEOPLE ?

Do we need to stop saying HR and talk about PEOPLE ?

Is it time to stop using the term Human Resources, or perhaps even Human Capital and go back to the root of the word Personnel – People ? Consider the following: It is a fact that despite moves to robots, the highest cost to most organisations is their people. It is also widely recognised that an engaged workforce is more productive than a dis-engaged workforce.

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High performing teams – why go for just a few superstars?

High performing teams – why go for just a few superstars?

Well guess what? We were out celebrating last night – our excuse was Seb’s birthday! We take birthdays seriously at Cullen Scholefield; it gives us an opportunity to spend time together in a social context and to spoil the birthday boy or girl. Who doesn’t like to feel special?

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2020 Vision – Health and Wellbeing – what’s the connection?

2020 Vision – Health and Wellbeing – what’s the connection?

2020 once seemed such a long way away and yet in less than 5 years we will be there! I will be facilitating a strategic planning session later this week. I have been mulling over the approach I will take with the owners of this young company that’s now 2 years old – I was with them at its birth!

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Cultural fit is vital to Employee Engagement

Cultural fit is vital to Employee Engagement

Tuesday was the Haywards Heath and District Business Association (HHDBA) networking event at Idlewild and as it was the Chair’s “Official” Birthday BBQ bash it seemed sensible to invite our prospective new employee and two potential students from the University of Sussex. Many members of our team were there too. It was great to also see our last Bright Young Thing (BYT), Eleanor Brough and catch up with her news.

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