We can’t find any [insert job title here]…! How ‘talent searches’ seem to resemble looking for lost keys…

“…but my keys are always in this drawer!” Sound familiar? I recently lost my keys. I knew that they were in the third drawer down of my filing cabinet, except I couldn’t find them there. I rummaged through the drawer and then walked away scratching my head.

A process that has had its day?

The “Nine Box Grid” seems to be invincible! How can a tool that was developed in the late 1960’s still be going strong? If HR is to be all about processes that are not transparent we are doomed to become nothing more than a transactional service that will be subsumed by the finance department.

The Nation’s Favourite

The problem with using volume as a measure of what is ‘favourite’ is that wide adoption makes a
product or process ‘the best’, and therefore one that you should buy or adopt. It allows people to
stop thinking…

Attracting and retaining talent

As UK employers are now entering uncharted waters in the search to attract and retain talented employees due to Brexit, there are a number of uncertainties that will make this more challenging in the coming months.

The importance of ‘place’ when ‘minding the skills gap’

The ability to attract global talent is one of the UK’s great economic strengths, but the continued ability to attract talent is not inevitable, and it isn’t uniform. As the notion of the end to free movement of labour from the EEA, coupled with restrictions in visas for non-EEA nationals, begins…

Puppy training and people power!

No I haven’t lost the plot this week…  I am real believer in the amazing power of synchronicity and serendipity – both are in my life at the moment.  I also believe that they are in the lives of all of us – if we can recognise it!! So the synchronicity part – our...

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What has fun got to do with it?

We are delighted to welcome Rob Gordon back to our team – he has gallantly returned to us and those of you that know Rob, know that he is just that!  Our lovely Toni is still ill and we need support. So the team have been calling out to remind our current and...

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Swimming and Performance Management

Today had an interesting start for me – a 06:45 pick up to go swimming!   It was a lovely morning and swimming out in the outside pool was fabulous!  Madness did I hear you mutter?   Swimming and I go back a long way from my childhood in Africa and then competitive...

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How to make time for young talent?

Sometimes it is easy to say – I haven’t the time to develop young people.  Time is always such a precious commodity isn’t it? Cullen Scholefield has always championed the value of what I call “bright young things”.  I value their opinions and contribution to our...

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Mad Max and resilience!

Gina and I went to see Mad Max last night in 3D at our local Cineworld.  The effects were stunning and had us on the edge of our seats, so relaxing would not be a word I would use to describe the film but I would say it was all about resilience! This got me thinking...

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Pay it forward applied to Feedback?

It has been great to be in Gibraltar having some time to chill and catch up with candidates.   Yesterday I went to the Gibraltar CIPD Branch Meeting.  It was a really practical session facilitated by Sylvia Kenna who is on the committee and leads a consultancy called...

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Easy isn’t always easy

Yesterday I flew to Gibraltar – up at 04:00, who said travelling was glamorous?  It was a challenging day for Carolyn McCall of Easyjet too.  After reporting a profit of £7m for the first 6 months of trading against a loss of £53m for the same period last year,...

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A quintessentially British afternoon

Today is going to be a day when we all exercise our rights as British Citizens.  Some of us will vote and some won’t.  I do wonder whether we realise how privileged we are to be British.  This thought crossed my mind when I witnessed Gina formally become a British...

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Ahead of the Game or the Second Curve?

A few people have been deeply shocked by a recent decision of mine. So I hope when you read this today I will not cause alarm… I decided to go on the wagon or take the pledge, for no other reason than to prove that I could. Those of you who know me well are well aware...

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Facing the dragon?

On St George’s Day I got to thinking about facing dragons and often People Professionals need to face all sorts of dragons!!  In a perfect world the need to face a dragon would not be there, as employer and employee would be working in perfect harmony.  Do I hear a...

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What’s art got to do with it?

Please forgive me going all poppy on you and for changing a word in the impressive Tina Turner song.  Haywards Heath is an interesting town to live in if you dig a bit!  For example we have an Annual Art Trail – this is a walk around the town to look at different...

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Cautionary Tails….

Well that is Easter over and done with and whilst I feel a bit guilty that the dreaded four letter work - sorry, word - did not occur much, I know that some of our candidates were hard at it! So well done for all that dedication and devotion to your studies! I was...

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Secret of the universe – 42?

It’s nearly time for a well earned break – the Easter Holidays are upon us!!  So instead of talking about Easter Eggs how about a quiz to while away all that free time?   We will send a bottle of the lovely Ridgeview Sparkling Wine to the six best entries. Hopefully...

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Thank you …Thank you!…Thank you!!…Thank you!!!

It is really important to say thank you and we have an amazingly long list of people to thank this week! First and foremost thank you for helping us raise £500 for Red Nose Day – the merry band of people who attended our evening at Café Rouge were challenged by Tamara...

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Doing something funny for money…

  Noses up!  We are getting into collection mode now as Friday comes up close and personal.Our lovely Gina had a significant birthday last week so we celebrated it on Tuesday evening and just to spice up the event some of us were brave and got our faces painted.   See...

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Funny Faces

One of the good things about age is that you can link up with some of the best of our traditions such as Red Nose Day. Those of you who know us well will not be surprised to know that we supported the first Red Nose Day in 1988. The concept of merchandising had...

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Plus ça change!

Two Circle of Peers events down, so now on to the Isle of Man and Gibraltar!   Thinking about the next two weeks and the last two events I was struck by a couple of things hence the title of today’s blog! It is not like me to be cynical, but I did think about how we...

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What’s in a strap line?

My mind does wander and whirl around a bit – the least thing can set it going!  Carol and I often P about a bit – we are both MBTI Perceivers which when combined with our high Extrovert preferences can make us a  nightmare to deal with and we often talk to each other...

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Resilience in times of chaos

We are living in really interesting times.   No I am not thinking of the Chinese saying!  Pointers to me are: the speed of change – ever faster, insistent and demanding our attention 24/7. Alvin Toffler’s 3rd Wave – the post industrial society or the information age...

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