Breakfast Seminar

Last month, we held a Breakfast Seminar in Central London for senior HR leaders. The speaker was Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD. It was excellent and we are grateful to HR colleagues at the Royal College of Art for hosting us.

Peter talked about five key themes:

  1. Careers – the world of work is changing so fast, many jobs that exist today will cease to exist (or reduce in number) within the next 5 years. It is up to all of us to reskill and keep reskilling. What are you doing to stay up to date?
  2. Generations – we now have up to five generations in the workforce. There are differences working with those from Generation Y in comparison to Baby Boomers. For example, someone from Gen Y might join your organisation this week and have expectations to be CEO in 12 months! These differences present challenges for line managers. By the way, did you see The Sunday Times article about the 18 year old applying to become the CEO of Nisa (which has sales of £1.6bn)?
  3. Neuroscience – is the study of the brain function in terms of information processing properties of the structures that make up the nervous system. There is evidence emerging that younger people receive, retain and process information differently. This is a hot topic for the CIPD and it is suggested that organisations learn quickly about what’s happening.
  4. Behaviour Economics – so far this isn’t something that has featured heavily in the world of HR but similarly to point 3 it is beginning to play an increasingly important part in how we understand organisations. Daniel Kahneman, for example, won a Nobel Prize for his work in this area. You can see his Ted Talk here – 2.5 million others have.
  5. Finance and HR – watch this space. Ever wondered why people metrics aren’t ever featured on a P&L? A huge debate about this is looming.

It was a terrific session and I am grateful to all those who were able to join us.

My colleague – Helen Robinson

Many of you may recall that my colleague Helen Robinson went through a very difficult time earlier this year. Her daughter contracted pneumococcal meningitis. Thankfully she survived and is back to her normal self now. We are all grateful. Helen did a 21 mile walk for a meningitis charity last weekend. Here is a photo of her with her family. They all did very well indeed.


Finally, a reminder that I will be in New York in the first week of December. If you would like to speak to me about booking a slot in my diary, please get in touch.

Until next month…

Helen RobinsonCareer