Agile HR Meetups: A Learning Network To Innovate HR

At countless HR events, I heard ‘the world of work is transforming, and HR needs to change’. However, something was missing from discussions - how to do it. The drivers for change were listed, and everything wrong with traditional HR, such as overly complicated processes and lack of focus on people experience. Repeatedly participants left events worried about their future and what to do next. So, I decided to start Agile HR Meetups. What are they about and how can you get involved?

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Agile HR - A Mindset Not Just a Trendy Tool in the Workplace

The adoption of Agile by the Human Resources (HR) profession has recently exploded as a topic.

As organisations across the globe strive to become more responsive, customer-centric, digitalised and collaborative, HR needs to not only redesign its processes and systems to support Agile but in many cases actively lead the associated organisational-wide transformation. The take-up of Agile by HR is also intrinsically linked to an intense focus on the employee experience, and a heightened awareness that to attract great people, it’s vital to create a great place to work or even contribute to the broader community in which they live.

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HR Needs To Go Agile - Here's Why

It’s been several years now since I first discovered the power of Agile and the potential this mindset has for innovating the Human Resources (HR) profession. In this time, I've shared the Agile HR journey with a wide variety of HR teams, ranging from traditional banks and multinational corporates to cutting edge tech innovators. Drawing on this experience, here's why I think HR needs to go Agile.

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Talking Agile HR - Teams & the Future of Work

Recently, I interviewed Tom Marsden, CEO at Saberr, who is on a mission to make HR more evidence-based. Saberr specialises in the use of data and technology to discover the inner secrets of teams and what makes people work well together.  

With teams constituting a fundamental component of the future of work and how organisations are transforming, I took the opportunity to explore this topic further with Tom.

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What is Agile HR? - Part Two

Heard about Agile HR yet unsure what it means or how to get started?

In this instalment, Part Two, I offer three easy ways to start Agile HR in your team or organisation. It also contains an invite to join the Agile HR community. Last month’s blog, Part One, covered Agile HR fundamentals and how it helps innovate your practice. 

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What is Agile HR? - Part One

Human Resources (HR) is at an exciting crossroads. As technology drives an ever increasing need for speed and agility, the world of work is shifting. To remain relevant, HR is being asked to evolve. By embracing Agile HR and evolving our mindset, I’m confident HR can find the answers to many of the challenges we currently face.

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Is Ashton Kutcher a modern day feminist hero?

Ashton Kutcher wants dads to be able to change their baby’s nappies on the fly. His rallying cry is garnering support on social media and is great example of what modern day feminism is all about.

It’s a joint struggle. A struggle that serves a common goal for both men and women. The need for more men volunteering at the school canteen is not mutually exclusive to the call for more women on executive boards. For every female called ‘bossy’ in the workplace, there is a male chastised by his mates for being a ‘girl’ when he sheds a tear.

Modern feminism is a fight against the patriarchal stereotypes restricting all our lives, no matter what sex, and most importantly it’s about fixing alternate sides of the same problem.

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Embracing the (southern) blues

Recently, I found relief and a refreshing take on why people like me reject the notion of positive thinking. The answer is an alternative route where critical thought, and developing a type of negative capability and defensive pessimism, has the potential to lead to a more fulfilling, and indeed happy, life! 

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