People Matters, People Matter

A blog containing my ideas, thoughts, observations, suggestions and helpful tools, based on my own experience.

Young Professional Development Programmes

Young Professional Development Programmes

The older you get the more likely you are to be attracted by nostalgia and the belief that things used to be better. Whether this is really the case is not the subject of this blog, but there is one subject on which almost all companies, whether in Russia, Europe or...

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HR and The Business

HR and The Business

One of the classic challenges for HR professionals, even heads of HR, is understanding the business. My career is unusual in that I have had both senior HR roles and senior business roles, and in fact there was a period where I moved back and forward between the two....

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Talent pools

Talent pools

I have been assisting a new Italian client design a talent management system and an important part of this has been the concept of talent pools. Groups of people selected as ‘talent’ on whom to concentrate attention. I was reminded how often I have helped introduce...

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Developing Competence Frameworks

Developing Competence Frameworks

I was recently asked by a consultancy if I could help with their bid to a client who, as part of the project, wanted to set up competence frameworks. Did I have a couple of slides to explain how one would develop such competence frameworks and some examples of...

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Stakeholder Mapping

Stakeholder Mapping

I was recently asked by a fellow consultant if I could help and shed some light with information about Stakeholder Mapping, for a company for whom they were designing leadership workshops. I’ve used Stakeholder Mapping a lot during my career, especially when running...

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The Leadership Qualities of Positivity and Optimism

The Leadership Qualities of Positivity and Optimism

Some time ago I was coaching a very senior director in Russia and about a year after we began, their company invited a well-known international consultancy to conduct a leadership potential assessment on the top fifty or so executives, of which they were one. Although...

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The rediscovery of peer-to-peer expat support

The rediscovery of peer-to-peer expat support

Recently I’ve come across a number of articles heralding peer-to-peer support as a new concept in the management of global talent mobility. The articles suggest the challenges of relocating and settling abroad, from administrative and official tasks through to...

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