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My role within William Grant and Sons has changed recently and I now have HR responsibility for the Asia region of our business. One of the most striking features of my recent visit to Asia (where I had the good fortune to spend some time in China, Taiwan and Singapore) was the pace at which each country is tackling many of its infrastructure challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fortune favours the brave

14 May

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      At FizzPopBang, we’re officially over a year old. In our first year of business, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and work with a lot of companies who have various needs and approaches to business. Despite their differences, we’ve noticed there is a common theme that crops up time and time again when talking about successfully engaging your people with your brand – bravery. Read the rest of this entry »

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      ‘Diversity’ is a buzz word – but what does it actually mean for companies and what is being done in terms of recruiting the right talent? Read the rest of this entry »

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      Many wonderful things have emanated from Cornwall over the years – the eponymous pasty, damp childhood holidays, the A303 and, er, Rory McGrath. And now we can add another – a touching story from last week that the county, or more specifically, the Cornish race, has been recognised as a national minority group. As well as bringing with it tax, lobbying and financial benefits, the Cornish brand is likely to experience greater amplification. Now whether this recognition ultimately leads to changes in employment rights is perhaps too early to tell, it is, however, indicative of a more general re-focusing around diversity and inclusion. If there has been a sense that the economic downturn potentially obscured these issues in favour of greater pragmatism, then there are emerging any number of signs that such workplace inclusivity concerns remain as barriers to entry and progression. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Social media seems to be everywhere. It’s in your relationships with your friends, it sets trends, it breaks news stories and it tells you who’s doing what with whom, with pictures. The content ranges from what’s informative and useful, through to just plain rubbish, to what is potentially damaging and life threatening. Read the rest of this entry »

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      I’ve been a client and internal key L&D stakeholder for years prior to becoming a coach. When I asked myself the question: “What would I do if I were an HR director?”, I came up with this list. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Really quite some time ago, the English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, an individual not given to radiating positivity about his fellow man, described human existence as ‘nasty, brutish and short’. Comfortably over 400 years later, City AM published a piece identifying the similarities between Hobbes’ view and the fate waiting for most business enterprises. Their research suggests that 50% of all firms which begin life today will cease trading within five years. This is a trait which has been accelerating briskly. In 1970, the top performing organisations could look forward to an average of 32 years existence. Fast forward to 2010, and that figure is estimated to be just 17 years. Regardless of their varied fates, from bankruptcy, to takeover, merger and acquisition, their brands – organisational and employer – are in for a roller coaster ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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      According to the Mobile Operators Association, the use of mobile phones by UK adults has soared over the past decade and a half. In 2000, just half of UK adults had a mobile phone – in 2013 that figure stands at 94%. Consumers are hugely connected to their devices, and recruiters need to be aware of massive changes in expectations when job seekers are hunting for jobs on the move. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Battle of the brands

      14 Mar

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          Having spectacularly mis-timed my flight back from Amsterdam a few weeks ago, I found myself with an awful lot of time at Schipol Airport to consider the city and the airport’s impressive combination of a genuine, touching beauty and technology. And there are few examples of such a combination, more high profile, more impactful than Sir Jonathan Ive’s work over the past two decades for Apple. Although it will be fascinating to gauge the impact of Galaxy’s new and much vaunted S5, Ive has influenced the technological and cultural landscape with products that go beyond iconography, such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. However, such products very nearly never saw the light of day according to a fascinating story that emerged earlier this month.

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          Traditional creative thinking time in a business context is largely given over to the group brainstorm, relying on workers to gather together and bounce ideas around a boardroom table. But in today’s global business world, we’re seeing an increasing use of remote working – workers separated by cities, countries and continents – but still expected to collaborate coherently and creatively. How best to do it? Read the rest of this entry »

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