Good Human Resources at Last

by Darren on July 27, 2016

This is a good HR story. I’ve been involved in restructures and closures with many people losing their jobs. Over the last 10 years I have observed many poor (in particular government) restructures, mergers and voluntary redundancy debacles. The article below outlines how Amazon is training its staff to have new jobs, that in many cases may exist outside of Amazon, due to the robotizing of its warehouses. This is how it should be done. A good case study for anyone teaching HR or good leadership.

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Managers and engaged staff

by Darren on July 25, 2016

I have spent the last couple of weeks talking to different groups about management, leadership, engagement and performance. There are a lot of misconceptions in how all of this comes together and the article below is a good primer to the discussion. Some excellent figures which you can use when you discuss these topics with others.

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Sunday Zephyr – Practice

July 24, 2016

Happy Sunday to you. I hope wherever you are you are having a good time and relaxing. Sunday’s are a great day to do that hobby that you enjoy. Sundays are not a great day to be working. I saw this video the other day which reminded me of my childhood experiences with yo yo’s. […]

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Toxic employees

July 22, 2016

I have been delivering a lot of training over the last few years on performance management and invariably there is a great deal of interest and discussion around poor performance and toxic employees. Below is a link to an informative and sadly funny infographic on the 5 types of toxic employees. See the graphic here

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More teamwork

July 20, 2016

Following on from Monday’s post on Googles teams here is a great article from HBR on teamwork. Read the article here.

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Google and effective teams

July 18, 2016

If you do any training around teams and teamwork or if you are a team leader/manager then this video is a must see. Great tips on how to create a high performance team. Can’t see the video – click here  

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Sunday Zephyr – Calmness

July 17, 2016

How was your week? Mine was exceptionally busy to the point that I didn’t even get the chance to make my regular posts. Sorry. It was a good week though. I trained a wide range of interesting and enthusiastic people. But of course there were a few who tested my patience. I didn’t lose it […]

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Spaces for Students

July 11, 2016

Google recently released (very well hidden though) a new sharing site (Spaces) that enables you to share resources and comments with other people. It is really, really simple and I think it will be great for sharing files etc with students when you just want to do it quickly. Try it out here.

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Sunday Zephyr – Dancing the day away

July 10, 2016

How is your Sunday going. I was reminded recently of how poor my dancing skills are and how inflexible my body has become. Maybe some dancing is in order today for exercise? Maybe but nowhere near as active as the dancers below. Can’t see the video – click here

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Creativity Games

July 8, 2016

I was looking for some good creativity games the other day. If you are doing the same some time try out this website. Some good ideas here. Games here.

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