Monthly Archives: November 2011

When is a profession NOT a profession?

For many working in the field of HR the need to be defined as a “professional” has overridden the reality that it is insufficient to merely call yourself a professional.  It is necessary to demonstrate both an understanding of the … Continue reading »

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When did we become “touchy feely”?

Following the demise of old-fashioned Industrial Relations, psychology took over from negotiation skills as the key to successful “human resource management”. No-one lays claim to inventing the title, and some claim it was used as far back as the 1960’s, … Continue reading »

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Do men die for medals?

It could be argued that successful management is about getting a group of people to achieve a task that as individuals they would be unable to do. The ultimate expression of this might well be considered to be in the … Continue reading »

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“Corrosive” High Pay Damages Employee Engagement: Expert Comment

  Leading employee engagement expert, Alan Crozier, author of The Engagement Manifesto says that top earners are damaging the UK’s ability to weather current economic conditions by undermining the motivation of employees.   He says, “Engagement is the driver of … Continue reading »

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Was people management invented by the CIPD?

Mankind has progressed through the ages by harnessing the strength of the collective, and whilst we can be fairly certain that Alexander the Great didn’t use the term Human Resources to describe his soldiers or employ an HR Director to … Continue reading »

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Where to for Human Resources?

There is a growing body of criticism being directed at those of us who work in “Human Resources”.    This is not a new phenomenon, for decades there has been confusion over exactly who is responsible for people management within an … Continue reading »

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So what are the key aims of team coaching?

A key aim of team coaching as with individual coaching is to develop the intrinsic skills and habits for self-coaching. At the end of the coaching intervention, the team should have the skills to identify and confront its own unresolved … Continue reading »

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What are the critical issues for a team coach to work on?

The critical issues on which the coach may work with the team tend to fall into three categories: Managing the interpersonal dynamics Managing temporal issues Managing key processes This is why having a large kit bag of tools and a … Continue reading »

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What does an effective team coach need?

Being an effective team coach requires a solid understanding of team dynamics and team psychology. A healthy understanding of how businesses work across a number of sectors and a large kit bag of tools and techniques. Team dynamics relate closely … Continue reading »

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