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

Tag Archives: HR

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

There’s always two sides

Sunday night and I was in the Frog and Rosbif (one of the English pubs in Bordeaux). The atmosphere was building for the big game and there was chanting and … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Last week another first happened in New Zealand – the nzlead HR unconference. No agenda, no keynote speakers, just a day of talking about what matters – while sitting out … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Batman, the UN and busy fingers

Lots of people had told me to watch the Emma Watson UN speech – so I finally went and watched it. On the same day an article about a Batman … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Accidental Textbook Author

Last week Richard Westney posted a list of recommended NZ HR bloggers that he thought are worth reading. I was very chuffed to be on the list! However Richard referred … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

HR magic tricks

A couple of weeks ago I got sick with a cold. I HATE being sick. I have too much to do. But from years of experience I know that if … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why you shouldn’t care about transforming HR

Every Thursday (7pm NZ time), a group of HR people from around the world ‘meet’ on line to discuss an important HR topic. The other week the topic was ‘Transforming HR’. To … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

The CCH HR & Employment Law Summit

If you missed out on the CCH HR and employment law summit, here’s a summary of the day and my key learning’s.  The day started with Joanne Hughes from MBIE … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The new name for HR?

Years ago when a new CEO started in the company I was working for, I booked a meeting with him. As I walked in the door to introduce myself, he … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

How many NZ CEO’s have worked in HR?

This is a bit of a different blog for me. I decided to do some big data (or perhaps it’s only medium sized). After I co-blogged with Richard Westney on … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 5 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

I could write a book!

If I had a dollar for every time someone, on finding that I’m a published author, says ‘I could write a book!’ then I’d probably have more money than from … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Sink Plugs can teach us about HR

A funny thing happened on our HR Advisors Conference the other week (and no it wasn’t drunken antics at the conference dinner, or anything about cats!!). I checked into my … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why don’t people get HR? It’s a type 3 role of course!

For many years I’ve struggled to understand why many CEO’s and senior leaders don’t seem to understand what great HR looks like. They keep hiring HR people who are great … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment