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There still seems to be a lot of scepticism surrounding the benefits that flexible working can have on businesses. With new leave regulations and new measures for flexible working being implemented by the government during 2013, this is a step in the right direction, however, it may reinforce sceptical attitudes towards flexible working.
You can read more about this subject by author Andy Lake, who has written a recent blog for HRZone. Simply register your details online for free.
Andy Lake’s book Smart Flexibility is available here, you can also read chapter 1, at your own convenience.
Gower Publishing has come together with FT.COM and exec-appointments.com to offer their subscribers a free chapter from Douglas Board’s new book, Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead. Chapter 12 – Field Notes for Candidates, can be read online. If you aren’t already registered on these sites, you can do so for free, to take advantage of this chapter which describes the research, information and scenarios you should consider as a candidate applying for a senior management role.
Douglas’ book, Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead is now available from Gower Publishing.
Gower will be at HRD Olympia next week in conjunction with Middlesex Business School. Please do come and visit us both on Stand 300. On Wednesday 25th we will be having a book launch for Human Resources or Human Capital? at 12:30pm where the author, Andrew Mayo, will be signing books and will be available for you to speak to. If you are attending the event, Gower and Middlesex Business School will be delighted to see you.
You are lucky if you’re the HR practitioner whose advice is followed without challenge and who is consulted oracle-like before any action is taken toward change. More often, change is already underway by the time HR is first involved: thought processes gone through; decisions have been made; perhaps even action taken.
Entering the change process at this stage, HR must be able to assess how sound the reasoning is, how much the readiness has been examined, how robust the plans for solutions are and how much attention is being paid to the effect on the people. Any weaknesses or gaps found in the assessment put HR in the position of needing to slow things down and get their clients to re-examine earlier decisions, assumptions or actions. It is impossible to do this without strong influencing skills.
Influence is underpinned by credibility and made easier through relationship and HR practitioners must devote energy to establishing their credibility and building their relationships widely so that when the time comes to need to influence, the ground will be fertile. The art of influence is knowing when to push and when to pull; when to ask and when to tell; when to pace the client and when to lead. It is knowing how to insist without dogmatism; how to compromise without folding; and how to withdraw leaving the way open for future progress.
Without influence, the HR practitioner is confined to executing the will of the leaders and cannot add true value to the direction and management of change.
This article (found on their website) is written by Jan Hills who is the partner at Orion Partners and responsible for the HR strategy and HR capability service lines. Jan co-wrote the Gower book Developing HR Talent which is part of the Gower HR Transformation Series.
Deon Meiring, contributing author to Gower’s new book Assessment Centres and Global Talent Management will be hosting a selection of workshops at the Assessment Centre Study Group Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, during 12-16 March 2012. Deon will be talking in depth about the key areas of the book and discussing the background and main issues that emerged from the research and case studies collated in creating the chapters.
You can find more information about the event, along with a booking form at www.acsg.co.za.
If you have a specific question, or require more information contact Judith Williamson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 304 6068.
I am something of a sucker for new management tools and neologisms (invented words) and I was immediately drawn to the simple acid-test of your organization’s leadership and performance capability that Mayo Learning offer on their website. Capability and potential is emerging as a defining factor in any organization’s ability to navigate the turbulent changes of the next few years; sometimes what appear to be the simplest of questions are a great catalyst for reflection. Try their ‘capabilitizer challenge’ and see what feedback to get. Andrew Mayo is author of Human Resources or Human Capital? Managing People as Assets, published in the New Year by Gower.
The Relationship Awareness Conference 2011 is an opportunity for SDI practitioners to interact and share ways they are using Relationship Awareness Theory to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Conference topics allow attendees to learn how to be more effective in their delivery of Relationship Awareness concepts
On Friday September 30, Gower Author Donnie MacNicol, Team Animation Ltd (Bio) will be speaking along with Steve Hastie, Vice President of Professional Services, NDS Americas (Bio) on Development of Global Soft Skills for Project Managers Using the SDI at the 8am breakout session. Outline of session:
This interactive session will describe the design and delivery of a global soft skills development programme for project management professionals for NDS, a market leader for digital pay-TV solutions. The second part of the session will focus on this work and its broader application in the emerging discipline of Organisational Project Management which is being done in collaboration with a leading Business School in London. This presentation will be appropriate for any level facilitators.
Project Zone Network is organising a 2011 Project Zone Summit Series for PM Practitioners across Europe in Budapest, Berlin, Istanbul and Stockholm, each delivering 2 days of networking, learning and understanding the project-driven economy of the post-recession era.
Gower Author David Hancock (Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership ) will be speaking in Budapest on April 28th and also as the opening Keynote on June 9th at ProjectRiskZone Vienna .
Dr David Hancock BEng CEng PhD MBA FIMMM FCIPD FRSA is Head of Project Risk at Transport for London and Visiting Fellow, Programme and Project Management at Cranfield School of Management
Further information www.projectzoneworld.com