HR Management
Delayering

Delayering

My current Russian client, a large and very successful petrochemicals company, has had many reorganisations in the last couple of years. One of these that they are implementing in all their production locations, is a systematic delayering.   I recently designed...

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Mixed feelings about Teambuilding

Mixed feelings about Teambuilding

When I was head of the Corporate University in Kazakhstan, one of our ‘best sellers’ was Teambuilding. And my people were pretty damn good at it. Which I guess is the reason that we had so many companies as clients and return as clients. I have always had mixed...

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When is a team a team and when is it a group?

When is a team a team and when is it a group?

Two recent events have reminded me about work I did almost twenty years ago about the differences between teams and groups (and even bigger ‘teams’ like communities and networks). I was coaching a young lady recently promoted to manager in one of my new clients in...

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Job grading, job profiles and job families

Job grading, job profiles and job families

I seem to have been involved with job grading, job evaluation, job promotion, whatever you want to call it, on and off for most of my professional life. And it keeps returning! I was lucky enough to be taught job evaluation at Shell (a version of the Hay Group system)...

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Learning Agility

Learning Agility

We have recently developed and used the concept of Learning Agility in the HR Consulting group, which reports to me in my current role, possibly for the first time in Kazakhstan in a Kazakh company. I had used Learning Agility a couple of times in previous companies,...

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Employee Engagement Survey Action Planning

Employee Engagement Survey Action Planning

The HR Consulting group within my current organization has a range of expertise including carrying out online engagement surveys for all of the National Companies. When we report the results it is often to the CEO of the company and their top leadership teams. This...

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Non-financial motivation

Non-financial motivation

Effective non-financial motivation appeals more to the emotions of employees than pay, bonuses and status symbols. It helps people feel appreciated and valued. It increases loyalty and engagement. They send a message to staff and work positively in terms of retention,...

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Chartering Teams

Chartering Teams

I have been reminded recently in my current company, about the problems there can sometimes be setting up teams to work on small projects. Or rather not the setting up, but in ensuring they deliver what they were supposed to do and on time. Here they were started for...

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Global ‘versus’ Local

Global ‘versus’ Local

For the last couple of months I have been working for Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt and Munich helping with their talent management processes. I’ve been made very welcome and enjoyed it there. One of the aspects of HR management of which I have been reminded...

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Lifelines

Lifelines

One of my favourite exercises with new teams is ‘Lifelines’. I’ve used it a lot through the years, especially when the team is almost all new. It has never let me down and it never fails to surprise. It sounds simple but seems to generate amazing, personal, in-depth...

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Benchmarking talent management systems

Benchmarking talent management systems

I have recently been helping with a talent management project, as part of the Organisational Renewal Programme at the European Space Agency (ESA). One of the discussions has been about benchmarking and what other similar technological companies do, in regards to...

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Transition communication checklist

Transition communication checklist

Whenever I have been involved in a change process, whether a major reorganization, a reduction round or the introduction of new processes, I learned very early on that "communication" will always be an issue. However much you think you are communicating, it will never...

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