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2017 HR Challenges and Trends

HR has it's challenges and in 2017 these are the one's I am constantly working and collaborating on.

  1. Speed and agility to recruit and develop
  2. Still! Complicated, manual and not connected
  3. An increasing transient workforce
  4. Outdated roles
  5. A poor employee experience
  6. The experience in life surpasses that we have in the workplace

The pace at which we are moving is disrupting, and HR is raising its game.

Doodle and scribble over Powerpoint.

Doodle and scribble over Powerpoint.


We always talk about death by Power Point but after leaving a great consultancy firm, every company after used Power Point as a habit.  I had to then look at how to get people to veer away from whipping out the laptop and projector.  I was no longer a consultant with brown paper to chart and put up ideas.  

Why do we use Powerpoint?

It’s a habit!  Just like any habit it can be limiting if we always do things the same way, we may always think the same and get similar results.  If we change the material we use to one that is more collaborative and even the medium the results could be a significant competitive advantage.

The best tool I then found was my pen!

If you have been a parent, and you have given a pen to your 2 year old, you know they take it and start doodling away.  The thoughts start to translate to scribbles in a page.


It is the same for an adult.  Try it instead of whipping out your slides; take a few pens and a blank pad.  Ask open questions:

  • Take me through what’s going on now, what are the business challenges and hand them the pen you would be surprised at the outcome.

As they go through pay attention to their thought process, and build upon their ideas this collaboration can bring many different alternatives.

  • What do you think some of the solutions could be?
  • What are the barriers that you are seeing?
  • Who are the key players there?  What do you need from them? What makes them tick?  What would make them successful?  What do they need?


As they gothrough the solutions, challenges and stakeholders again build upon the doodle and start to connect the dots.

Paper does not have to be the only material that is used.  My daughter’s Krippe (nursery) group had a session at Starbucks where they gave out free ceramic mug and pens.


What about a different medium?

Don’t even let the main content of this blog restrict you.   The medium does not have to by physical.  After spending a weekend with a group of disabled children where we produced a play, I came back to work with the challenge of mapping processes in 6 weeks.  I decided to try a different way, and tested it out with stakeholders to produce films.  4 film studios produced 32 movies or what actually were processes, that mapped the steps, identified risks, solutions and engaged people in a typically dry process of SAP.  This weekend I am back at university for a seminar on leadership, and I am using movies as a medium to demonstrate values and leadership. Keep doodling.

Changes from Within in Difficult Times

Changes from Within in Difficult Times


The types of businesses we are, the way we do business, the way people work and the technologies available to use are continually changing. colorful-chameleon

We have moved from managing traditional co-located teams of people, to talents working virtually all over the world.  Businesses can create and innovate from multiple locations, and start-ups use facilities like, virtual working software, Voice over IP, Teleconferencing…. to leverage economies of geography.  Their agility makes it possible for small David like Business Models, to battle slower moving Goliath’s.

The Goliath’s are trying to gain more flexibility and change organisations to be able to compete.  Organisations have more diverse stakeholder groups, more exposure with social media, more global coverage tapping into emerging economies.  Organisations are trying to make there business fit not only today’s needs, but tomorrow.

So how do we even start to look at doing that?:

  1. Look at agile competitors and start-ups, as well as larger ones.  However, it is not possible to copy and paste.  It has to be the right custom fit for the organisation.  It may not be right for you but at least be aware of smaller player, which can now scale quickly in todays world.
  2. Engage with your employees and managers with what working environment would benefit the organisation now and in the future.  This could be a working group.
  3. Scan for technologies, and practices available.
  4. Understand what would work in your organisation.  This will probably not be a one - time thing.  For some, it may be a cultural change that happens in phases.  So understand the end game.
  5. Define the TO BE and what steps need to be taken.  These steps are not just technology, physical placement of offices, people’s mind-sets and culture.
  6. Design and build that change with great communication, and culture change plans.
  7. Keep revisiting what you need to be as an organisation.  Challenging yourself on: what could destroy us now?  What are the agile competitions doing, or able to do that we can’t.
  8. Try to also stimulate innovation from within.

Some of these practices may make you more agile yourself, being able to be more effective.

Be a business chameleon.


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