Reflective and Reflexive Learning: How easy is it to reflect on yourself? Personally, it makes me feel a bit uneasy

I find the process of reflecting on my previous actions, behaviours and learning a little bit uncomfortable. Thinking about why I did something and having to analyse myself on that level, when sometimes there seems to be no reason, is a weird notion to me. I’m quite a shy person anyway and I’m definitely not… Continue reading Reflective and Reflexive Learning: How easy is it to reflect on yourself? Personally, it makes me feel a bit uneasy

Coaching and Mentoring: How can you ensure it’s effective?

“A coach has some great questions for your answers; a mentor has some great answers for your questions” [1]. There is a major difference between a coach and a mentor, which isn’t always that obvious! They don’t cover the same scope of learning, progress is achieved in totally different ways. Coaching and mentoring and two… Continue reading Coaching and Mentoring: How can you ensure it’s effective?

Emotional Intelligence: Steve Job’s had the IQ, but what about EQ?

Emotional intelligence is defined by Golman as a competency of managing yourself and your relationships with others, making effective teamwork, leading others and forecasting the future, with each of these displaying positive effects in terms of productivity and performance [1]. Emotional intelligence is a type of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s… Continue reading Emotional Intelligence: Steve Job’s had the IQ, but what about EQ?

The relationship between HR and Line Managers: When Line Managers become HR

The line managers are important in facilitating the role of HR to their employees as they are often tasked with delivering HR processes, such as enabling and implementing HR policies and practices, and the delivery of people management practices such as performance appraisals [1]. Hutchinson and Purcell believe the line managers role is to bring… Continue reading The relationship between HR and Line Managers: When Line Managers become HR

A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play, but what about well-being?

The concept of employee engagement has become increasingly mainstream in management thinking over the last decade as it creates a seemingly win-win situation for both employers and employees [1]. The CIPD also propose that employee engagement is a repackaging of previous concepts associated with employment such as satisfaction, commitment and motivation [1]. MacLeod describes employee… Continue reading A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play, but what about well-being?

Should I change my name to John? The reality of women and leadership

FACT: There are twice as many men named John who are CEOs or Chairmen of FTSE 100 firms as there are women [1]. This stark reality begs the question; how long is it going to take for us women to viewed as equals in leadership, and more importantly, what are organisations doing to be responsible… Continue reading Should I change my name to John? The reality of women and leadership