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

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I’m back!

It’s been 3 years since I last blogged and the other day I realised that I missed it. Writing helps me sort out my thoughts about various things happening in … Continue reading

March 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

HR Career Paths: how did they get to where they are?

HR career paths: Part 1 At the HR Advisors Conference in the last couple of years, we’ve had some fabulous and inspiring HR people share their career paths, how they … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

I have a broken leg coming out of my head

I posted this on LinkedIn last month and it caused quite a lot of discussion – so thought it would be worth reposting it here! On most days I’m fairly … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

HR Super Hero Files #5: Getting Metric!

Big Data is getting lots of attention at the moment, but from our training here at Elephant, we’ve found that many HR teams have only just started their companies on … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Something Wonderful happened….

I’ve worked for many large companies. While there, I’ve made friends with my colleagues and hung out with them outside of work, and I know lots of other people do … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

HR Superhero files #4: Don’t be a Westley

I love the Princess Bride. It’s a wonderful movie to make you feel happy with the world. However I realised something interesting recently. Through my HR career I’ve often been … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

The fanastic thing about turning 40

Yes it’s snuck up on me. Next week I turn 40 and I just don’t feel ready…. Some of my 40+ friends told me that they found turning 30 worse. … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

It’s over and out from me……

In the last few months I feel like a personal war has been waged against me. After trying for many years to effect change and deliver value by working with … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 12 Comments

Secret Blogging

There’s a lot of really crappy things happening out there at the moment – not just to me, but to lots of HR people. People who are being bullied and … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 5 Comments

HR Superhero files #3: Webinars that wow!

In HR we have a 1:many relationship with our managers and employees. There is only one of us and many of them! We just can’t talk to each person one … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

The HR Awards that forgot to mention HR!

I went to some fabulous HR awards a couple of weeks ago. The thing is – they forgot to mention HR! There were awards for Overall Business Excellence and as … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

HR Superhero Files #2: How does a superhero do everything?

Talking to lots of HR people about our training events, the biggest issue seems to be that we’re all too busy with operational work to take any time out for … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Taranaki HR Game Changing

It was a beautiful day flying into the ‘naki and a great turnout for the roadshow. There was a lot of discussion and some disagreements and challenges but one thing … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Artful Auckland takes on the HRGC

For Auckland we ran our HRGC roadshow in the Art Gallery that we have in our building. Did it inspire some artistic or creative juices to flow? I’ll let you … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

HR Game Changing in wine country

On Wednesday I ran our HR Game Changer roadshow in Napier. I’ve never flown to the Hawkes Bay before (I’ve always driven) and love that the airport had bottles of … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

HR Game changing in Wellington

Last week I ran our HR Game Changer roadshow in Wellington. This was to showcase what was discussed at the conference in September for those who missed out. Also for … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s a two person job!

Having brunch at the weekend with friends, we got to discussing parenting and how it’s really a two person job. Expecting one person to handle it all doesn’t work. And … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

The HR Super Hero files #1

Many articles seem to claim you’re either operational or strategic. I think you can be both! That’s the theme of our HR Advisors conference this year – how to be … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

All payroll people do is push a button. Right?

I had some trepidation about attending my first payroll conference. My passion is about transforming HR after all. But last year, when Anna Sefuiva joined the Elephant team, she convinced … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Future of Work 2015 conference

On Monday I attended the Future of Work conference, run by the AUT NZ Work Research Institute. This was an academic conference so it was all about research projects that … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A magic tool for getting answers

Over the last few years I’ve found, without fail, that if I ask someone two things in an email – they will pretty much always answer only one. I’ve tried … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 13 Comments

HR Advisors rock!

Being an HR Advisor has it’s own set of challenges – and that’s what our HR Advisors conference is all about. Providing practical workshops to teach tools and techniques to … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Payroll and HR: friends or foes?

Chaos erupted in our team meeting the other day. We were discussing a redundancy situation and talking about how an employee has to be taxed at a higher rate for … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Update on being sued by HRINZ

Some of you will know that at the HR Game Changer Conference in September it was announced that several senior HR people were starting a chartered institute. Soon after HRINZ … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

What do you create?

It’s the new year but I don’t want to make the usual resolutions. I’ve got a different idea which I hope you might want to try too. You see, I … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Performance review for my blog!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. I like to think of it as it’s performance review. Not a bad job in all! Here’s … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

DIY, HR or Employment Lawyer for ER issues?

With an ER issue – when should you DIY it, use external HR advice or get an employment lawyer involved? Here’s an easy checklist of what to consider. Work through … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are goals actually bad for us?

My entire career, all our management and HR training here at Elephant and the advice and support we give to businesses is based on the idea that fundamentally people need … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

My year of books

I realised the other day that it’s been 5 years since Employment Bites came out. What have been doing since then? I have been writing, yet no books have been … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

My HR Game Changer Action Plan

It’s been almost 2 months since the HR Game Changer, and while I have been incredibly slack in not putting my HR Game Changer Action plan together – I have … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment