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

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

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

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

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

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

10,000 copies sold. Yeah baby!

When I was 14 years old I got badly bitten. I was bitten by the writing bug. And I knew I was going to be a writer. I spent most … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

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

Lessons from being sued

I always try and look at bad experiences as learning opportunities – whether it’s from an avoidable mistake or from factors outside of your control. How did you react? What … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Would you wear a bikini in front of a crowd?

Last year for my 40th I went to Hawaii for a week and learned how to surf (it was great fun but really tiring on the arms!) In the afternoons … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Challenges of being an HR BP!

Last year at Elephant we started the HR Business Partner Summit. This was designed to bring together people in HRBP roles or those working towards an HRBP role to: discuss … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Going Global

Can you launch an international training programme from little old New Zealand? Last year I announced that was exactly what I was going to do – take the Management Bites … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

My top 10 tips on being a culture champ!

I had a fantastic time at the HR Advisors Conference in Wellington this week. I met a wonderful group of passionate women in HR who want to change workplaces for … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 3 hardest words to say

Over the new year break I read ‘Think like a Freak’, a brilliant book that followed on from ‘Freakonomics’ and explores how to think differently and ask freakonomic type questions … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

That scary moment: Training Bites comes out!

You know that scary moment. When you’ve been working on something for days, months or even years – and then you have to release it out into the world! Whether … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

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