Powerful Punctuation–Nicholas Bate

I can’t say why I like this, but I do… In writing, as in life, one should be careful to pack powerful punctuation.  From Nicholas Bate’s blog of inspiration. Technorati Tags: Nicholas Bate,Strategic Edge,Punctuation,semi-colon

Powerful Punctuation–Nicholas Bate

I can’t say why I like this, but I do… In writing, as in life, one should be careful to pack powerful punctuation.  From Nicholas Bate’s blog of inspiration. Technorati Tags: Nicholas Bate,Strategic Edge,Punctuation,semi-colon

Freelancing Enables Agility and Innovation

This report was published by the PCG (Professional Contractors Group) last week to coincide with National Freelancers Day and the PCG’s Freelance Lecture. The report is in two parts and gives a high level summary of two pieces of research. Freelancing Increases as Traditional Employment Declines Dr John Kitching of the Small Business Research Centre at […]

Great Business Brains: Why Not 42?

The Thinkers 50 Summit was last week, recognising the 50 leading minds in business today.  Personally, I think the Deep Thought 42 would have had more resonance.  However, the site is a fascinating read including as it does stalwarts like Michael Porter and Henry Mintzberg along with relative newcomers like Daniel Pink or Umair Haque. […]

Citrix/frog on Collaborative Work Space – HBR

Adam Richardson of global design and innovation firm, frog, describes creating a 2,000 square foot collaborative space for Citrix. The article talks about the design process and the reception / adoption of the space by different teams within Citrix.  The comments are also insightful, illustrating how design alone may not be sufficient if the corporate […]

Why Doesn’t HR Lead Change? – Brad Power, HBR

HR doesn’t lead change, according to Brad Power, because it traditionally thinks and acts like a transactionally-focused support function. The other day, HRZone published an article of mine which challenged HR to take the lead in driving change with regards to greater use of contingent resourcing.  A couple of days later, Sue Brooks of Ochre […]

Why Doesn’t HR Lead Change? – Brad Power, HBR

HR doesn’t lead change, according to Brad Power, because it traditionally thinks and acts like a transactionally-focused support function. The other day, HRZone published an article of mine which challenged HR to take the lead in driving change with regards to greater use of contingent resourcing.  A couple of days later, Sue Brooks of Ochre […]

Seth Godin on Self-Truth and Mastery

An insightful reminder from Seth Godin not to use the pursuit of (absolute) mastery as an excuse for inaction. This could be a particular trap for sovereign professionals who: a) are often passionate about their chosen specialism, and b) lack the managerial structure that might slap them out of intellectual narcissism and back to the […]

Ambiguity, Complexity and Uncertainty – A New Role for HR?

Sue Brooks, of Ochre House, has posted a summary of Ochre House HR Directors Annual Symposium. Coincidentally, it has some similar themes to my “Death of HR” article (both are looking for HR to take a lead in delivering organisational agility) but this article takes a much broader view of the challenges facing HR, not […]

Will the Gig Economy be the Death of HR? – HRZone

HRZone have just published an article I wrote for them on the HR and organisational dimension of the increased use of sovereign professionals: interims, freelancers and contractors. The piece was enhanced by some insightful observations from my IIM colleague, Ad van der Rest.  As both co-Chair of the Institute of Interim Management and a practicing […]

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