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

Category Archives: human resources

No-one wants to see your middle

I had a realisation when I was doing something completely non work related recently. That no-one wants to see your middle.

August 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Do you have apples and pineapples happening in your business?

A couple of things happened to me recently that got me thinking about whether we have apples and pineapples in our HR and management processes. Let me explain (it will … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

The French Revolution and Engagement Surveys

I first posted this article back in 2013 but now I’m living in France, and at Elephant we’re running lots of engagement surveys for companies at the moment – I … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Facebook v Instagram

Are you a Facebook fan? Or do you prefer Instagram? Are you often on TikTok or do you like LinkedIn? I realized recently there’s something really important about this. I … Continue reading

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s happening with HR?

At Elephant we recently conducted a ‘State of Play’ survey to see what had happened to HR teams in the last year. We got some fascinating results! We had just … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

20 years of marriage

Over Easter, Fraser and I celebrated being married 20 years and together 25 years. We were going to go to Ibiza and renew our vows on a beach but covid … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Is this missing from your life?

John Lennon once sang ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’. In this case I’m going to have to disagree with him because I love making plans! Fraser … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

What Bridgerton can teach us about HR and management

Yes I thought my first new blog should be about something very serious and it involves the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. That may not sound serious but bear with me … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 to manage people working from home or remotely

I read an interesting article the other day where the author had been asked for an HR Policy on working from home. She said you didn’t need one – you … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is your workplace and HR this clever?

Fraser and I recently spent a week in Copenhagen, Denmark. Every day we were constantly seeing things that were just really clever! Things like: Towels had a loop to hang … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

Are your managers foreigners?

Here in Britain they call anyone who isn’t from Britain a ‘foreigner’. And even though I was born here and spent the first 12 years of my life in England, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The thing you should never say…..

There are moments in life that are really sent to test you. To push you to the limits and see what you’ll do. Some of you’ll know last month I … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

The 12 best HR people in New Zealand

I’ve met thousands of HR professionals over my career – HR people who have attended our HR training, presented at or come to one of our conferences, who have been … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reinventing Job Titles

I’m currently in California and have had a brilliant few days catching up with friends of ours from LA who are both fire fighters. Now as I can’t seem to … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

How to make the best HR intranet in the world

Once upon a time, not so far in the past, there was an HR team who designed an HR intranet. This HR intranet was for managers and employees to find … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 2 Comments