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

About Me

Hi, Angela Atkins here.

I’ve worked in HR and training for the last 20 years. In 2007 I co-founded Elephant NZ and over the last 10 years we’ve trained thousands of HR people through our HR training and conferences and thousands of managers through the Management Bites programme. Excitingly in 2016 we launched Elephant and the Management Bites programme in the UK too – taking the business global!

Of course, what I actually always wanted to be was a writer. I wrote my first novel when I was 14 years old and many more since then, none of which have been published… yet.

However I have found myself a best selling author anyway!

In 2009 I wrote Management Bites – to provide an easy to read NZ guide to managing a team. I sent it into HarperCollins publishers ready to get a rejection letter. But they said yes! They published it and it sold thousands of copies. Now in it’s second edition, it is still an ongoing seller and makes me extremely pleased that so many people have found the advice and tools I shared in there so useful.

I then wrote Employment Bites – about how to put great HR in place. Then Training Bites – about how to design learning and development for your company and last but not least Safety Bites – about how to build a culture of safety.

I write every day and some of my musing have ended up in this blog. It’s a way for me to share further thoughts that I didn’t get to include in my books! I hope you enjoy and you are welcome to follow this blog so you’ll get an automatic update whenever I post something new.

For more about what Elephant NZ does (and for more about my books) just visit

For more about what Elephant UK does, just visit

For more about the Management Bites programme just visit



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