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

10 Awesome Diversity Initiatives

We know the research says that diverse organisations do better than homogenous ones. But how can you really build a culture of diversity and inclusion? I’ve search the globe for … Continue reading

September 25, 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

Magic ways to train when your managers are flung far and wide!

The traditional way to train managers was to work out what areas they needed to build skills in and then run a programme of facilitated workshops to cover those skills. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to make your employees cry

One of my biggest discoveries as a new people manager was that managing people was much harder than it looked! I was 25 years old, HR Manager for a national … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · Leave a 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

Building Resilience

Have you ever suffered a horrific loss in your life? Have you gone through something incredibly traumatic?   Many of us have, and at the time it can feel extremely … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The steps to making mentoring work!

Mentoring is one of those things that I’ve seen company after company introduce – supposedly to provide development and guidance for younger employees. After all, the research says that Gen … Continue reading

April 28, 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 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

The secret to being happy!

This year I’ve discovered a very simple trick to be happier and more satisfied with life. I found out about it after my trip to Denmark and reading up on … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 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

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