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Insights from an HR transformation journey

by Emma-Claire Kavanagh on 21 Jul 2017

BIE’s HR Team were privileged to recently be joined by a room full of senior HR leaders to listen to the HR Director and HR Transformation Programme Director of a large UK multimedia company as they delivered an insightful and enlightening presentation on the journey they had been on throughout their company's two year HR transformation.

Below is a top-line summary of what was presented.

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Organisational Change Starts with Self – Are You Up for That?

by Emma-Claire Kavanagh on 12 Jul 2017

We’ve all heard that change is the new norm, but are we now skilled at enabling it? Large-scale transformational change requires catalytic leadership skills and vision. This can be hard to do when juggling the day job with its typically short term, urgent timeframes.

Rose Padfield from The Padfield Partnership is an Organisational Design Consultant, Coach and Coach Supervisor with 20 years’ experience in organisation, team and individual development within a UK, European and global context.

Outlined below is a case study on how Rose helped a major UK organisation address a large transformation project. We hope it gives you some insights and food for thought. In subsequent articles, she will delve into some of the key principles involved in leading organisational change.

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A Pivotal Point for Shared-Services

by Tim J. Roberts on 19 Jun 2017

“A pivot is a change in strategy without a change in vision”. Are we now approaching a pivotal point for shared-services and offshoring?

We are seeing a growing increase in the use of robotic automation in the office workplace. 

For many countries the impact of globalisation has led to an increased focus on creating jobs at home rather than abroad. 

It would be prudent for us to “hit the pause button” and consider where we go from here.

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Cyber security essentials for boards and senior management

by Kersty Bletso on 09 Jun 2017

Cyber attacks are becoming more commonplace, and companies can no longer bury their heads in the sand, hoping no one breaches their internal IT security in today’s digital global workplace. Therefore, I’ve asked Simon Jobson, a technology leader with 25 years’ experience managing digital transformations in complex, international listed and private companies, to discuss cyber security essentials for boards and senior management.

I have had many conversations with board members and senior executives on the subject of information security (or cyber security). One of the more common sentiments I have come across is the view that “if someone wants to get in they will” or “they are probably already in anyway”. It’s understandable that high-profile attacks can make us feel helpless. However, the reality is that regulators, investors and customers will pass judgement, and if senior management and boards are lax then the company will suffer.

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Why your business needs to get personal data under control today

by Simon Cordrey on 30 May 2017

A topic that is popping up more and more in many of the meetings I am having these days have been around how companies are readying themselves for the impact of GDPR. What questions are they asking, what are their pain points, are they dealing with it internally or have they got someone external to come in to assess their level of compliance?

With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to get an expert's opinion on the topic from one of our Associate Partners, James Stevens. James is a European Distribution Big Data and Analytics Leader and has a background in data, through working as a Partner for IBM. Below are his thoughts on why your business needs to get personal data under control today:

Businesses have been talking about data, big data, Hadoop, R and many different aspects of data for years. Big Data is big business but more importantly, Big Data is about to become “Big Risk” like never before.

We have all seen the news and media storms that occur when organisations publicly lose data, and the impact that has on the businesses involved. In the UK this has been covered by the Data Protection Act but there is a new kid in town, GDPR, and it has teeth!

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Why you shouldn’t change your job

by Kersty Bletso on 26 May 2017

This statement might seem a little counterintuitive considering the role I perform but do bear with me.

As a recruiter I want to know that by the time you reach out to me that the reason you want to leave is a) genuine, and b) not a knee jerk reaction to something that has upset you. Are you looking for career development? Progression? The opportunity to test yourself in a new environment or sector? Or have you finished a period of transformation?

What is important to consider is that when you are unhappy in your role it is a lot easier to start looking for another job than to try and resolve the issues you may have. It is human nature to avoid confrontation and avoid possible rejection. However, regardless of your level within your business, where possible you should try to resolve the issues you have first.

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by Marty Jaynes on 08 May 2017

BIE Executive, a leading consultancy working with businesses going through change, has announced that its executive leadership team, led by CEO Rob Walker, have completed a management buyout of the business.

The business has enjoyed a highly successful and profitable period since its previous buyout four years ago, growing turnover by 20%, creating a very strong platform on which to build.

Commenting on the buyout and plans for the business, Rob Walker said, “When we partnered with Barclays four years ago, the aim was to bring a carefully considered, clearly defined proposition to market, focusing on organisations who are going through change. Through the loyal support of our client base and candidate pool we have been able to achieve this.

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The 12 Commandments of Interim Management

by Alastair Lechler on 05 May 2017


With the shift to more of a gig economy, increasing numbers of people are exploring a new direction and switching to an interim or independent career. Organisations are dealing with more rapid change and increased competition, meaning quick access to highly skilled, flexible talent has never been more important.

We’ve already covered the career and lifestyle considerations you need to make when thinking about changing to interim management. But what about the practicalities of the job? A long time contact of mine, Nick Tree, is a seasoned interim manager who thrives in pressurised situations, where he needs to hit the ground running and quickly mobilise change programmes. Nick has kindly compiled for BIE his ‘12 Commandments’ for anyone looking to make the switch. Here they are: 

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5 ways to prepare yourself for life as an Interim Executive

by Marty Jaynes on 27 Apr 2017

Have you always wanted to explore the world of interim work, but felt it was like temping at management level? Or maybe you just weren't sure how to make the switch from a permanent position? Being an interim executive does require a specific set of skills and a particular temperament, but for those who actively choose it and who suit the ups and downs of the job, it can be an extremely fulfilling career – and lifestyle.

I recently sat down with a couple of BIE consultants to discuss what they felt were the key points you should understand if becoming an interim is a career you’d like to explore. It’s a unique role, and there are some things you should know and do to prepare yourself for it.

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A brave new world - interim vs permanent

by Kersty Bletso on 20 Apr 2017

I had an interesting conversation recently with a candidate who is looking to move on from their current role. In discussing future options we landed on whether they wanted to have another permanent assignment or if the next role would be in interim management.

I was surprised when they told me they had been advised by a well-known search firm that going down the interim management route was a career ending decision; something that was done just before you wanted to retire and would hinder, if not stymie, their chances of having another permanent role.

Newsflash! In 2008, the world changed and so did hiring

In my simplistic view, at any given point in time the people within my community are either hiring or being hired, either as an interim or permanent person. Before 2008, there was a very clear segregation between

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