Project work Russia & East Europe
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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The dangers of benchmarking

The dangers of benchmarking

I have written earlier about benchmarking in connection with the talent management project at the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA were interested to learn what other similar technological companies did in regards to talent management. As I wrote at the time though,...

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Identifying quick wins

Identifying quick wins

One of the executives I am coaching in Russia has recently helped set up a new department on Sustainable Development. This is a new area for him (his background is commercial) and also for the chemical company for which he works. Consequently there are many different...

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External or Internal Executive Coaching?

External or Internal Executive Coaching?

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...

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Risk Management Matrices & HR Projects

Risk Management Matrices & HR Projects

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...

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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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Strategic thinking and de Bono’s Six Hats

Strategic thinking and de Bono’s Six Hats

I recently ran a two half-day’s workshop for the extended leadership team of the national chemical company. We dealt with strategic thinking and looked at how their two-year old strategic plan might need adapting due to the transformation plans of our entire group of...

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Executive Coaching in Russia

Executive Coaching in Russia

One of the subjects with which I helped my Russian company in the two years I lived and worked in Moscow was leadership development, and more specifically, executive coaching. In addition to coaching myself, I’ve met and interviewed about 35 external coaches whom had...

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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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