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

Category Archives: Leadership

Does your culture need €139 cheese?

The other day I was at the supermarket and watching the cashier ring through our purchases when one popped up as 139 euros (about NZ$230). Now we were buying small … Continue reading

September 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

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

Surprising HR and management truths from the Queen’s Gambit

Yes I have been binge watching Netflix recently (you have to do something when you’re in semi-lockdown). The Queen’s Gambit was a brilliant series – about a chess prodigy who … Continue reading

March 22, 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have we forgotten what’s work is about?

I was in Copenhagen last week (I got obsessed with Denmark after watching Borgen and The Bridge so when a friend moved here and said we should come and visit … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · 1 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

What kind of leader do you want?

There are thousands of articles and books on what behaviours leaders should be demonstrating – yet many leaders still aren’t doing these things. I hear so many HR people tell … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment