Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.

The seasons of HR

It’s cold, wet and windy in New Zealand and even though winter isn’t officially supposed to start until June, it’s pretty much arrived. I used to love to see the … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The HR Metric that can blow minds

I was once working in an insurance company and the Head of Credit came to see me. “I’ve got a poor performer on my hands” he said. “In what way?” … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

What the tech? 3 case studies of how companies are using HR technology

At the HR Game Changer Conference in March we had a great session on What the Tech? This explored how companies are using HR technology. In this article I wanted … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Future of E-learning (part 2)

Last week Robyn Viljoen from Modlettes shared her thoughts on the future of e-learning. This week we meet Sussan Ockwell, Director of Optimism (pictured on the left at the L&D … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Future of E-learning (part 1)

I remember back in the early 2000’s when e-learning first appeared. Even though it was clunky and expensive at the time, there were many articles saying that L&D teams would … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Being an Authentic HR Leader

Can you be yourself in an HR role? Or do you have to a ‘professional’ version of yourself? At the HR Advisors Conference in February, we discussed being an Authentic … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

The real reason it’s unacceptable for Jacinda Ardern to be pregnant

Last week saw the announcement that Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child, due in June. There was instantly a social media furore of commentary about … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 10 Comments

I’m not a feminist but……

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen or heard about the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago. While there was some focus on the winners, … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

What follows a horrible year?

2016 was pretty awful for many reasons. The Brexit vote unleashed a torrent of hatred and abuse in the U.K. That guy from the Apprentice (as my brother calls him) actually … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poo fingers and remuera housewives

Once upon a time, in the Auckland suburb of Remuera, people started to get ill. Very, very ill. The kind of ill when it is coming out of both ends. … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

I’m failing badly…..

Some of you may have seen back at the start of November I signed up for NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). During the month you write 1,667 words a day … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are you getting the right 5+ a day? (and it’s not vegetables!)

We’ve all had the 5+ a day message drilled into us about eating vegetables, but there’s another 5+ that makes you far happier with life. Currently Fraser and I are … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are you Curtis Stone or the Chipotle guy?

One of the short lived reality TV series I enjoyed was where teams competed to launch a restaurant chain. The hosts of the show were Curtis Stone, an Aussie chef … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stop going to boring conferences

On Wednesday we tried an experiment and ran a one-day conference that condensed and summarised a whole lot of ideas from the Elephant HR advisors conferences in London, Wellington and … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why good managers don’t get promoted

I’ve now trained thousands of people managers through the Management Bites programme and I know there are some good ones out there. These are managers that their team respects, who … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

10 Awesome Diversity Initiatives

We know the research says that diverse organisations do better than homogenous ones. But how can you really build a culture of diversity and inclusion? I’ve search the globe for … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Forest fires, idiots & HR policies

Last week we were back in the US re-visiting one of my two favourite cities of 2017 – Portland, Oregon.  (I will reveal the other favourite in a later post….) … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

How does the British Empire link to your development plan?

Now we’ve launched Elephant in the U.K., we spend a few months a year in blighty. That’s as much of the bureaucratic culture that exists here as we can take. … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Magic ways to train when your managers are flung far and wide!

The traditional way to train managers was to work out what areas they needed to build skills in and then run a programme of facilitated workshops to cover those skills. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to make your employees cry

One of my biggest discoveries as a new people manager was that managing people was much harder than it looked! I was 25 years old, HR Manager for a national … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Psychology and HR – new ideas for your HR development plan!

Are you stuck with where to develop your HR career next? Wanting to stretch your HR knowledge further? This might be the answer! A few years ago when the HR … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Performance Reviews are NOT dead!

You’ve probably seen or read at least one article about the performance review being dead. About how people find them demotivating and disengaging and that companies are throwing them out. … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Is this your biggest pitfall?

Every conference that we run at Elephant, I put so much into it that I’m pretty exhausted the following day and can’t do much useful work. I know this from … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Resilience

Have you ever suffered a horrific loss in your life? Have you gone through something incredibly traumatic?   Many of us have, and at the time it can feel extremely … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The steps to making mentoring work!

Mentoring is one of those things that I’ve seen company after company introduce – supposedly to provide development and guidance for younger employees. After all, the research says that Gen … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

NZ HR Advisor of the Year: the winner is…

Last week we revealed the runner up of the HR Advisor of the Year Awards. These awards happened at the HR Advisors Conference in Auckland last month. We had 4 … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are Emma Watson’s boobs hidden in your HR policies?

You may have seen the furore on social media about Emma Watson’s photo for Vanity Fair where she is a wearing a knitted poncho which covers only a small amount … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are you practising the art of dark HR?

You may have heard about voodoo. Witch craft. Black magic. All known as the dark arts. But the other day I read a article about dark social. I thought what … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

How toxic people can be good for you

I’ve had a number of toxic people in my life. People who make your life miserable or who create awful places to work. This includes the HR Manager who read … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

The secret to being happy!

This year I’ve discovered a very simple trick to be happier and more satisfied with life. I found out about it after my trip to Denmark and reading up on … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment