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Tag Archives: culture

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

4 weeks, 4 countries, 4 cultures

Over September I spent the first week in NZ, then a week in California, 2 weeks in the UK and a few days in Hong Kong. Visiting 4 countries in … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

How to blow the minds of your exec teams

In HR how often do we excite and amaze our exec teams with information about business trends? About products, services or people innovations? Or case studies of companies doing new … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why NZ is low in productivity

NZ gets lots of publicity for having low rates of productivity. Why are we so low? Here’s why. 1. We’re all watching the little whirly thing. Imagine how many hours … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment