Talent, Culture and the People Puzzle

The HR Director maintains the rhythm of a company, ensuring that the way business is done remains consistent regardless of geography. This requires strong leadership and a commitment to values which employees, customers and suppliers buy into. Within this, a HRD must have the courage to both challenge the CEO and the board over decisions which aren’t in tune with the long-term interests of the organisation. (read more)

Keeping Cool in a Crisis

The media wants answers. Self-proclaimed experts are casting judgements on social media. Meanwhile, inside the business, there’s blame, denial and recrimination. When a crisis breaks, the pressure from all sides will be immense unless you’ve taken the time to prepare for the worst and have a team that can calmly manage the various channels and relay the right message while the problem is fixed. (read more)

Taking the Lead on Public Affairs

Increasing intervention from governments and regulators the world over has seen a significant impact on many a business’ ability to plan for the future. It’s why chief executives must be cognisant of the issues relevant to their organisation, surrounding themselves with people who know how to communicate with policymakers and can demonstrate a sound appreciation of good governance. Get it wrong and you’ll pay a very high price indeed. (read more)

3 Reasons Why Change Fails

Change management programmes fail to deliver due to a lack of clarity and conviction within the leadership team. The original ideas put forward to improve performance become lost in the miasma of short-term agendas, petty politics and stonewalling. Small wonder then that ‘change fatigue’ is a big issue for businesses as it’s easy for employees to become disillusioned when they think they’ve heard it all before. (read more)