Posts Tagged ‘CIPD’

Last month I was fortunate enough to receive a career accomplishment award from Pay and Benefits magazine. The award was based on some very kind testimonials from a range of sources, the leadership shown during my career, and a range of other accomplishments. I work in a very ‘grounded’ environment and this award was greeted with both some kind comments but also a recognition of the amount of grey hair necessary to qualify for recognition of this kind!

But setting aside my own circumstances, I wonder what accomplishments HR professionals would wish to be recognised and remembered for?

As the profession has evolved and grown, witnessed by the celebration of the CIPD centenary no less, there has certainly been an increase in formal award/recognition schemes for HR professionals. These acknowledge the contribution by various types of HR practitioners, from directors, business partners, L&D and reward specialists, through to graduates, consultants and specific interventions like talent programmes, diversity initiatives, and recruitment campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

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According to the Council for Excellence in management and leadership, only one in five managers is qualified in management. At a time when management tasks are increasingly performed by people who are not professional managers, there is a greater need than ever for good quality people management advice.

Unfortunately, there is so much on offer (online, in books, courses, magazines, from gurus and advisors) it means that it is hard to identify the most relevant and select the best.

Take books. How many times have you tried to buy a book on people management and found you couldn’t choose, or ended up disappointed? When I talk to managers and CMI members, the same story emerges: there is simply too much choice. So how can you identify the books that will actually add value?

CMI’s book of the year

This year, the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year was awarded to Richard Newton for The Management Book. Focusing on the people side of management, The Management Book identifies that there are still many businesses where managers, even at a senior level, don’t know the best way to manage and get the most out of their staff. It offers advice on issues like how best to control and meet the evolving expectations of the team, which is a big issue for many managers. With nuggets of ‘management gold’ including: “uniform treatment is not effective or efficient”; “the cost of not making a decision is often higher than the cost of making the wrong decision”; and “your behaviour must be consistent with the vision”, it is an accessible and highly practical read. Read the rest of this entry »

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