People Matters, People Matter

A blog containing my ideas, thoughts, observations, suggestions and helpful tools, based on my own experience. This blog is currently only available in English.

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External or Internal Executive Coaching?

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It seems that at almost every Russian or Kazakh company for which I work, I end up helping them design their Executive Coaching programme and process. I am of course more than happy to help. It’s pleasing to see Executive Coaching becoming more acceptable and mainstream, in itself a relatively new development in this part of the world. Nevertheless all …

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Development activities: a guide for individuals and their managers

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I shouldn’t still be surprised, I know, but the number of line managers I continue to meet in different companies and different countries, who still only think about formal training courses for the development of their staff, (or even the individuals themselves who suggest they should follow a training course, usually in a nice location), remains almost as high as …

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70-20-10

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Having worked with CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) in both Russia and Kazakhstan, who were the originators of the 70-20-10 meme for corporate learning & development many years ago (sometimes written 70/20/10 or even 70:20:10), and also being a researcher by training, it isn’t difficult to find out what the 70-20-10 originally meant and was based upon. Because I believe …

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Corporate Universities: different levels of maturity, scope and expectations

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Having run the leading Corporate University in Kazakhstan and now advising one of the top Corporate Universities in Russia, both of which were under the expectation of their stakeholders that they would be developed and ‘transformed’ into something better – without these stakeholders maybe knowing exactly what that might mean – I have done a lot of research and benchmarking …

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People Bingo

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One of my favourite icebreakers that I have used for people to get to know each other better, especially in new organisations, is People Bingo. There are different versions of the game, but the one that I think works best is when the people involved are (confidentially) asked by the facilitator to provide an interesting fact about themselves. These are …

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Talent Magnet

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I was having lunch with somebody who used to work for me in Kazakhstan and who had recently left to join an international consulting firm. In fact I had hired him and seen him grow and develop so that he was actually heading up our HR Consultancy team before he left. A talented and modest young Kazakh man. A promising …

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Left hand column

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I have written previously about the Ladder of Inference, one of my favourite tools for promoting productive conversations. https://valshebnik.com/blog/the-ladder-of-inference/ This helps us understand why we jump to conclusions, rightly or wrongly, and gives us a technique to explain our own thinking or to get others to explain their thinking to us. Another tool I learned at the same time twenty …

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Risk Management Matrices & HR Projects

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A simplified risk management methodology – and especially the risk matrix of impact against likelihood – can be extremely useful in HR and other projects, even when your company does not officially require you to use them. Having had business, leadership and project management roles in my career – in addition to the global HR jobs – I’ve done a …

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The Power of Silence

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I’ve been recently conducting some focus groups for my Russian clients. Finding out what I already know: that Russians in general are not a very mobile workforce, and in this case do not necessarily want to move from their larger city place of work to a much smaller location in Siberia. I’ve been doing this together with one of the …

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Big meeting on-time communications

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Quite often I’ve been part of global leadership teams, who come together for a face-to-face meeting somewhere in the world for maybe two long days and then all dash off to catch planes or go to other meetings at the end of the planned agenda. Nevertheless as a team, you would like everyone to feedback to their locations or their …

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