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career progression

Intelligent career progression means knowing how, why and whom

What do you know? 

You know that, in order to progress in your career, you need to rack up experience and expertise in your chosen area. You know you need to acquire a specific degree, attend some training courses, get a job to build up your experience and […]

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Focusing on your strengths is the key to successful personal development

Going from strength to strength

What do you need to do in order to perform better in your role – or to progress in your career? Do you need to work on those things you’re not good at? Address your weaknesses? Get to grips with those bits of your […]

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implementing strengths

10 things to consider before implementing a strengths-based approach

Ready for strengths?

Regular readers will know I’m a big advocate of the strengths-based approach. Recruiting and engaging employees based on what they love doing and are energised by leads to high performance and high levels of motivation. What’s not amazingly helpful about that? However, having recently […]

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A simple guide to the difference between strengths and competencies

How to recruit amazing!

Think of a task you do every day at work that’s important to the effective delivery of your job. Perhaps it’s building relationships with customers. Or writing job descriptions. You might enjoy this activity or hate it. Either way it needs doing and doing […]

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strengths and competencies
millennials

How millennials in the workplace are disrupting our HR practices – for good

Young people these days!

In every field of our lives, disruptive technology is having a dramatic effect. From Uber to AirBnB to Netflix, traditional ways of doing things are being turned on their head. The rise of big data, mobile technology, global reach, personalisation, digital formats, AI and […]

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Why human nature is both the cause of and the solution to all our workplace problems

I, Robot

Ah, humans. Can’t work with them. Can’t work without them. Ever had that moment where, perhaps unable to sleep in the wee small hours, dreading the day to come, you start to fantasise about a fully-automated future run on artificial intelligence? Where the vagaries […]

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workplace problems
recruitment trends

The practical implications of translating recruitment trends into our practices

Computer says no!

Being up-to-date with the latest recruitment trends is not about being fashionable. It’s not about innovation for innovation’s sake. It’s about making sure your processes are fit for purpose in a changing market, in a changing world. 20th century techniques will not work in […]

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Why feeling stupid is an essential step in the learning process

Doh!

“At some point today, you’re going to feel really, really stupid.” This is not, you might think, the most encouraging thing to say at the start of a training workshop. No one, after all, likes feeling stupid. No one enjoys feeling incapable. It undermines […]

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learning process
2017 top ten hr questions

How the Work Brighter blog answered your burning HR questions in 2017

Questions, questions

2017 has been a puzzling year. A year full of baffling decisions, strange phenomena and bizarre behaviour. Leaving us with lots of questions. Questions like: Did he really just tweet that? Did she really think that was a good idea? Why did the sky […]

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How do we solve the cultural fit vs diversity conundrum in recruitment?

Riddle-me-riddle

We know that organisations with diverse workforces perform better than those that are homogenous. Research conducted by Deloitte in 2012, for instance, identified an 80% improvement in business performance when levels of diversity and inclusion were high. But we know too that recruiting people […]

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cultural fit