Monthly Archives: October 2013
The electricity went out this morning, a wet sleety Saturday in October in Michigan and it was cold.
I put on my earphones and started to listen to Andrea Bocelli and picked up a book.
That book was “The Accidental Creative” by Todd Henry and as is my way I immediately started to doodle thoughts in the margins.
It is true that I philosophize about life and perhaps reflect too much, for some people anyway.
Too many questions Peter they might say, just relax and live the moment. Never mind about tomorrow, enjoy today.
All that is true, however at least once a week I go on to utube and listen to the commencement speech of Steve Jobs:
That speech was back in 2005 and it is worth reminding us, that life has to have a value.
I agree with Jobs, people can only make the connections looking back! After all is that not what wisdom is and imparting your experience to our young ones?
Reading for me is an aphrodisiac something that refreshes my mind and re-ignites my energy.
Thanks to this book I was reminded of some connections we can all relate to.
The challenge for all of us is: What are you prepared to do? When all is said and done how much will you have left in the “tank”?
Stop trying + Stop doing = Mediocrity
Be the same + Do the same: + don’t question = Go with the Flow
Courage + Questioning + Challenge = Ride against the Flow
Structure + Intentional purpose = Effectiveness
Purpose + Intent + Persistence = Generational ideas
A purposeful life is when you blend all that you do:
Work + Family + Relationships + Friends + Interests into who you are?
Someone who takes the next blank page and turns it into a picture and knowing that it is not what you know that matters but rather what you do.
Brilliant ideas are in everyone Thanks Todd
Ideas + thoughts + inspiration = the accidental Creative by Todd Henry
Some time ago I did a great deal of work on this subject with a colleague.
It is true though that the context never changes. So with that said here are some thoughts:
- Remember that some conflict is inevitable. Employee representatives are in the business to secure objectives, which are sometimes different from management.
- Consider that the priorities of many employees who are NOT managers are PRIMARILY to their families. The priorities of those who are managers are frequently their CAREERS.
- Don’t assume that every employee representative is an anarchist or internal terrorist.
- Remember that sometimes employees’ representatives simply “fire the bullets on behalf of someone else!”
- Be prepared to explain and consult fully not just the decisions but the rationale behind them.
- Ensure that YOU also TALK to the employees not just the employee representatives. NEVER forget they are your employees!
- Where the employee representative resists you talking to your employees RESIST they have no rights to this.
- INVEST time in your employees and explain how the business is going. They also have a stake in the success if for no other reason their paycheck.
- Remember that the business also affects the employee and their family whether in good times or bad.
- Communicate regularly with your employees. Even sending letters to the employees’ homes makes lots of sense. Remember families influence your employees sometimes more than you the employer.
- Ensure that you give the opportunity for employee representatives to talk to you on a regular basis not just when you want something from them.
- Make sure when you talk to them you give them the opportunity to discuss what is going on. It is a TWO WAY dialogue.
- Make sure you know the difference between:
- COMMUNICATING – informing
- CONSULTING – Asking
- NEGOTIATING – Bargaining
i. And let them know which part of the process you and they are taking part!!
10. Let everyone know when the informing, asking and bargaining phases stop and then STOP
Original collaboration on this and thanks to Andy Sargent
It has once again got me thinking about what is going on within my profession and institute!!
The fact that the CIPD is now kicking off collaboration with the Charted Institute of Management Accountants means what??
That it has taken to the year 2013 for all those professionals out there and our own Institute to realize that HR professionals need to understanding BIG DATA!! The new buzz word!!
We have always had to understand metrics and what the ROI of HR is and what added value means.
The fact that we still make such a big issue of data knowledge is an ongoing concern and little wonder why only the very few HR folks get recognized at the highest levels of the business.
In my blog “HR folks just don’t get it and its getting old!”
I made the point that it about time we really focused on the fact that HR needs to understands business first!!
After all why would we hire anyone that does not make our business more profitable, successful and grow?
If HR cannot do any of these then there is no role for HR. We do a disservice to the business and importantly the people who we hire and develop.
I was asked once why do I understand so much about finance.
My answer was and will always be. It is because I know finance that I can save jobs and develop and grow the people within the business and in turn the business.
Peter Lanc Fellow : CIPD