• 11 Jul 2018

    What is the right approach to leadership, team building and performance?

    Earlier in my career I worked in a ‘meritocracy’. That was the aspired organisational aim — that the cream would rise to the top and poor performance and ability would not be tolerated. We would then have a competitive advantage through talent. The top performers were the organisational stars and the focus of our development and investment. They were also the focus of most of our attention. The organisation...
    • 28 Mar 2018

    My new job – explained

    My name is David D'Souza and I've been the CIPD's Membership Director for two weeks now. I wanted to share both why I am excited about the role and some of our plans as an organisation. I've been working in HR for over 15 years. I've worked at the CIPD for the last 3 years (supporting our Branches and Council) whilst also getting out and about meeting our members and talking to organisations and...
    • 17 May 2017

    HR and tech - the divide that can’t be

    Technology and HR continue to be uneasy bedfellows. It’s the world’s longest ‘will they, won’t they?’. A largely unfulfilled romance. A match made in heaven that everybody can see the opportunity for but that never quite makes it to the altar. It’s Pride and Prejudice with the awkward courting, but without the resolution. Technology is an integral part of how we live our lives, yet...
    • 22 Feb 2017

    How can HR be better?

    If you are starting your career in HR and you can juggle the list below then the profession will get better over time – due to you… • Get really honest feedback from the business you work in, so you can see what needs to be done. Nothing external matters unless you get this bit right • Don’t be scared – of mistakes,of speaking up, of being a lone voice, of making hard decisions, of...
    • 21 Sep 2016

    Will you ever want a hug from a robot? 50 Questions about the Future of Work

    The truth about the future of work will become a little clearer as each day passes, but it is never too early to ask curious questions. Here are my 50 questions for you to ponder about the future of work - whether on your own, out loud or in teams. I've pledged that to anybody who takes the time to answer all 50 I will be happy to host their responses on this site to broaden the debate. For an example see this...
    • 7 Jun 2016

    Being Authentic Authentically

    When I first started working at the CIPD I was asked if I would continue to be authentic, as if I had a ready made fake alter-ego waiting in a cupboard for just such an occasion. Lots of the questions, interestingly centred around appearance - Would I shave? Would I still wear Converse? Did I actually own a suit? Whilst I found this focus on external indicators and symbols of identity a little disconcerting I could...