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How did Oxford just become the world's best university? A lesson in Talent Management

For the first time, Oxford has become the world's no.1 University in the Times Rankings for 2016/7 snatching away the title from CIT, Stanford and MIT.

How did they do it?
According to vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, Louise Richardson, says: it’s all about recruiting the best scholars, she says, since “any university is only as good as the academics it can attract”. Research performance and academic reputation form a huge part of what makes an institution successful.

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Are you missing an opportunity to show how HR can make a real difference (and boost your reputation)?

An ROI process is a must for every HR and HRD function as over 300 case studies prove…

For years, proving that you are capable, flexible, at the top of your game and can deliver great results has been at the top of the agenda for many HR or HRD functions.  Gaining the credibility and respect you deserve is a natural desire, however, often great work goes unnoticed and forgotten in the ‘busyness’ of business, too much noise.

So how can we systematically prove we make a difference at every level of HR and HRD?

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Working long hours, productivity, well being - the stats

In this article from WEF, we see some scary satistics on health, well being and productivity when connected to the concept that working long hours is a great achievement.

In fact quite the opposite, from increasing your risk of developing various diseases and even early death, investments in well being and mindfulness and showing increases in productivity.

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4 toxic practices that dramatically affect mental well being...

Recent data suggests we are losing 70 million days a year to mental health associated well being issues. That costs the economy something like £100 billion. Not small change. So what are we doing about it?

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HR strategic disasters have this 1 link in common...

In fact, the secret of success is linked to the quality and depth of the analysis and thorough understanding of the organisation, the HR function and the 'mood' of the stakeholders (both internal and external) as well as the organsiational macro position. These are just some of the areas for deep analysis that cause catastrophic problems.

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Is Byron Burger an example of HR Business Partnering gone wrong?

What would you do in this situation?

A great knowledge of the business and what it's customers are looking for is an admirable attribute to have as an experienced and well respsected HR function that has a great relationship with the a business and it's key decision makers.

Helping it break a fistful of moral ethics is probably considered just one major step too far. Especially to save a few buck on a fine. Will you be ever trusted again?

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Could you be a great Brexit negotiator?

As the time is to step forward and lead the way on Brexit approaches, what skills and techniques make for a top negotiator and influencer? Many things are at stake here...reputations, careers and political livelihoods, but would you want the job? Of course it's an opportunity to flag fly your influencing and negotiation skills but could you handle it ...

So here we put forward some hot tips on how to get the best deal (in any situation)....

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Are the limiting relationships with HR affecting organisational creativity and performance?

If relationships are key to the success of any organisation, do unhealthy relationships therefore block creativity, productivity and ultimately organisational performance?

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Is this part of your well being strategy? Parenting Classes?

In this article on City firms hiring Parenting consultants to give seminars on how to be a parent one might be surprised but the reality is organisations can do quite a lot to help the mental well being of their staff in all sorts of home/life situations that cause them stress, this just being one example.

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Steven Spielberg - Is the secret to Engagement an Emotional Trigger?

Is it all about the heart strings?

In this great video by Stephen Spielberg he talks about your inspiration being a whisper. The inspiration for what you love to do in life and it got me thinking, is Engagement really an emotional trigger that comes from what you love to do, people you enjoy being with, heading towards a great purpose, in an supportive and development and creative environment where the boundaries and goals are clear and you know where you stand?

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Is your mobile the answer to all your learning needs?

In this article Vodafone claim that their mobile learning solution and their is the saviour of their world. Whilst I may be adding a little drama here, it reflects their level of enthusiasm for their, perhaps well thought through solution.

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Are you wasting your time? Transactional vs Transformational HR

Have you ever thought your wasting your time? Many of us have, when we've hit our heads repeatedly against some seemingly impenetrable brick wall.

Despite desperate attempts and a great intention...we sometimes don't see where the most valuable projects lay. We get fascinated with HR initiatives because of the challenge or our experience. However these change and it's keeping up with solving organisational problems and dealing with the external challenge of people floating into that causes us all these headaches.

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Unhelpful 'labels' that propogate negativity and block creativity

Unhelpful Labels
Labels are forms of identification. They are the names you mentally call yourself in your head. They are the tags that you believe describe who you are. Labels can be positive or negative or somewhere in between but generally used in negative thinking they can restrict you from being your fullest potential. They do not honor the person you can be, they block your potential.

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9.5 things to avoid when dealing with multiple personality types

9.5 things to avoid when dealing with multiple personality types...

Dealing with challenging people is the big issue facing most people in organisations today, for some it's easy, for many, it's a constant battle to keep your cool...however, whatever weird and whacky behaviours your fellow human beings display, remember it's often about them, not you and if you react in an emotional way, it simply adds fuel to the fire.

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Brexit and the implications for HR

With the debate rolling on as to what could happen if Britain should exit the EU...I attach a very detailed document written by Michael Ford QC on behalf of the TUC but also there is a more straightforward article here listening the major things to consider.

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Have we entered the personalisation era? What does this mean for engagement?

Customer service is EVERYWHERE, maximum choice on EVERYTHING is the norm, targeted advertising in the blink of an eye...convenience and accessibility are the watchwords, so does this mean we have truly entered the PERSONALISATION ERA?

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How well are you aligned to Business Excellence and Business Strategy?

Don't know where to start? Is your Business Strategy not on track? Not sure how to get there?

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