Category Archives: people management

In which the farewells begin transparently …

I’ve been to a coffee morning this morning to bid farewell to my excellent team. It was one of those happy-sad occasions. We chewed the cud over the funny incidents and accidents of our time together. And we talked about … Continue reading

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In which my jaw goes thwock …

Sometimes you read something so extraordinary that despite re-reading it two or even three times you still doubt your eyes. I’ve just had that experience when reading a two-page piece in today’s Sunday Times – Time to Tackle Council Excess. … Continue reading

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In which ‘sorry’ is the hardest word …

On a lovely summer afternoon about 150 years ago a striking white-haired man stood at the edge of an unremarkable meadow just outside an obscure town in Pennsylvania. What he did next has always struck me as being among the … Continue reading

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In which I notice there’s a ‘war’ on …

I read the ever-excellent We Love Local Government blog today with a terrible feeling of recognition and despair. The poster described how they and their colleagues got the news of their inclusion in various redundancy pools at their council employer. It … Continue reading

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In which I get to lecture HR professionals …

The following post first appeared on the XpertHR website on 10 November 2010 as part of their series If I could change one thing about HR. The website gives job hunters an insight into what the professional HR community is thinking. … Continue reading

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In which I turn to Thomas Hardy for some job-hunting tips …

I’m a west country man. There. I’ve said it. For me the great cultural landmarks are: The Wurzels; The Cerne Abbas Giant; and, Thomas Hardy. So it’s hardly surprising that – in my time of trial – I should look … Continue reading

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In which we hear from an old friend …

A long newsy letter arrived in the RPS household today from an old friend. She’s not a person for the internet favouring instead the old-fashioned virtues of a card, and envelope and a stamp. She’s that sort of person. Solid, … Continue reading

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