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Should we welcome the decline in quarterly reporting?

by John O'Connor on 18 Oct 2017

Recent analysis shows that the majority of FTSE 250 organisations no longer submit quarterly reports. Is this a sign of increasing focus on long-term planning or simply the avoidance of an ultimately pointless exercise and administrative burden?

There have been numerous articles, reports and commentaries on this topic, often focusing mainly on the external market perception or reaction. I believe however that we need to look deeper and focus much more on how these requirements, in force between 2007 and 2015, affected not just results, but culture.

They are familiar headlines to all of us – ‘Company X sees record quarterly growth’ or ‘Company Y sees quarterly profits plunge’, swiftly followed by numerous opinion pieces outlining why things are going right or wrong. Is the decline in reporting every three months a wise move though? The FCA certainly thinks so, moving to drop the requirement in 2015, albeit somewhat quietly, after a consultation period.

The response to whether the requirement should be dropped was broadly positive, but will it really relieve pressure on businesses and ultimately help to solve the UK’s productivity conundrum? Many are doubtful to say the least.

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Automation technologies: what do they mean for HR?

by Chris McKibbin on 04 Oct 2017

Previously in this mini blog series, we've looked at the reality of HR automation and what this means for the workforce. And it's becoming clear that automation technologies present two alternative futures. One, a gentle relocating of effort in line with how things are done today. Two, a more fundamental reshaping of the current working paradigm - one that’s not just about replacing today’s processes with robots but about renewing and re-imagining the way things are done.

Both possibilities form a close alignment with strategic leadership, business transformation, improvement plans, and IT colleagues.

Of course, it’s the people, not the technology who are at the centre of this opportunity.

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Automation technologies: what do they mean for the workforce?

by Chris McKibbin on 27 Sep 2017

With the influx of automation technologies, we find ourselves continually surrounded by screaming headlines:

Analysts and consulting firms (and maybe divorce lawyers!) smell blood in this new wave of revenue generation panic.

I see more and more organisations looking for the kind of skills to transform organisations’ operational delivery. Similarly, they’re looking for leaders who can help their workforce through a fundamental shift in how they operate and deliver their services. It’s clear that organisations themselves believe this gear-shift is real, so are these the classic traits of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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The reality of HR automation

by Chris McKibbin on 20 Sep 2017

It’s time for some clarity around the definition of HR automation. A fundamental component in daily HR operations, ERPs, applicant tracking systems, case management software and chatbots, automation has always been a part of the transformation mix.

However in reality, automation is often a badly defined term, as the concept itself is broad ranging. So in an attempt to establish some clarity ahead of my next couple of blogs on HR automation, here's a bit of a breakdown.

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5 key steps to negotiating your next senior executive contract

by John O'Connor on 08 Sep 2017

Any new senior management role, whether lateral in nature or on the more traditional "straight and narrow" route, brings with it a new opportunity to negotiate your salary and compensation. If you're already at senior management or C-Suite level then you've clearly demonstrated your superior negotiation skills. And yet for even the most experienced managers, the prospect of negotiating can still feel surprisingly uncomfortable, unnerving or even overwhelming.

So what's best practice if you are planning to handle negotiation of your executive contract yourself? In this blog post I highlight five key strategies to ensure you secure the best possible outcome.

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Executive recruitment: the benefits of a lateral career path

by John O'Connor on 31 Aug 2017

Within the world of interim management, the sideways or lateral career move is often inherent in the nature of the job, as interims transfer skills across a potentially wide range of industries and within typically shorter-term roles.

But what about lateral career movement for those management executives at CEO, CFO or HR director level? Is the most successful and effective route to the top still the traditionally vertical one? Or can a lateral move offer a viable, or perhaps even a preferable, alternative?

In this blog post I explore the key differences between a lateral vs vertical career path and I identify the core professional attributes that will prove invaluable for any senior management professional considering a lateral career move.

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6 current themes in organisation design

by Steve Arrow on 17 Aug 2017

Over the past few months I have seen an influx of requirements from clients who are looking for individuals with strong organisation design skills. The ability to apply various organisation design approaches is an invaluable resource for businesses as they look to keep up with the accelerating pace of strategic change and align their structure appropriately.

So, as businesses look at bringing in external capability to adapt and transform their target operating models, these are the most common themes that I've found emerging. 

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Are all the top executive appointments only in London?

by John O'Connor on 09 Aug 2017

An age-old question in UK executive search and interim management circles is whether the best jobs, and therefore the best executive talent, exist solely in London. Most of us would find that statement questionable in 2017, but the perception remains.

So if you're a talented CFO do you have to remain in London to have a vibrant, challenging career? And, if you're a great company outside of London, how do you access and attract the best people to your leadership team?

In this blog I talk with Simon Reilly, the Commercial Director and Deputy CFO at Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), about his new role at their headquarters in Horley.

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Janet Musgrave joins BIE Executive's HR practice

by Marty Jaynes on 02 Aug 2017

BIE Executive, a leading consultancy working with businesses going through change, is delighted to welcome Janet Musgrave to their HR Practice.

Musgrave joins as a Director, after an extensive career as a senior HR leader, followed by 10 years’ experience in HR executive search. She will be focusing on delivering BIE’s executive search capability across the HR function.

Her appointment is fundamental to increasing BIE’s ability to use a mix of business consulting, interim management and executive search services, to provide expertise and talent to support organisations deliver their transformation programmes that leave a positive legacy in order to achieve continuous growth and success.

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7 things to consider when selecting a cloud-based HR system

by Steve Arrow on 02 Aug 2017

A new generation of cloud-based HR information systems (HRIS) are shaking up the way businesses manage their people and processes. Providers like Workday and SuccessFactors are becoming increasingly popular and taking market share from traditional on-premise solutions, particularly amongst small to midsize businesses. And there has been an explosion of smaller providers looking to innovate in this space.

Choosing a new HR system for your business is challenging, especially if seeking a cloud-based solution for the first time. You are likely to be overwhelmed by the multitude of options available. Gartner have created lots of content on this topic, and you’ll be sure to find some good pointers from them on the best solutions.

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