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Is 2018 the year to embed more innovative ways of working?

by Alastair Lechler on 06 Feb 2018

What does 2018 hold in store for you and your organisation? Is innovation on the agenda? What does innovation mean to you? Could artificial intelligence transform your operating model? And is there unlocked potential sitting dormant, waiting to be unlocked, in your workforce?

Certainly, there is potential for fresh approaches, challenges to existing thinking and ways of working, and scope to embrace change. Will you challenge traditional thinking? And how equipped are you and your team to innovate?

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2017 in review - 5 most viewed BIE blog posts

by Marty Jaynes on 27 Dec 2017

Happy holidays! We hope you are having a great break and are looking forward to an exciting and prosperous 2018.

Here at BIE we’ve been taking a look back at the most viewed blog posts from 2017.

In case you happened to miss any, here is a recap of the top five.

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What’s on the CFO's mind?

by Simon Moore on 15 Dec 2017

Recently our Finance team hosted a roundtable dinner discussion with a number of CFOs within our BIE Community. The discussion led to some stimulating debate and it was clear that certain themes resonated with everyone around the table, regardless of their sector.

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How the thriving gig economy supports interim management

by Marty Jaynes on 29 Nov 2017

The freelance market is gaining considerable momentum. With contractors projected to make up 43% of the workforce by 2020 (compared with 6% in 1989), the desire to shift from traditional full-time roles is on the rise.

The gig economy, or ‘connected market’ as it’s often known, is set to be worth £43bn globally by 2020, according to PwC research.

The marketplace itself is becoming more tolerant of the temporary role, not least because of the larger pool of freelancers and contractors it creates, but also the transitory attitude of the modern worker.

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A guide to creating your own business transformation framework

by Rose Padfield on 08 Nov 2017

In an earlier blog, we shared with you a case study in which an organisation had successfully implemented a business transformation framework that enabled large scale organisational change. 

In this follow-on blog, we share with you some of the questions that should arise when embarking on your own business transformation: a practical “cut-out-and-keep” guide to creating your framework, again written by Rose Padfield from the Padfield Partnership.

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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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Career progression: 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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People, people, people – start-up recruitment

by Andrew Cunningham on 06 Mar 2017

There are three things that matter in a start-up: people, people, people. The right team, with the right skills, experience and contacts will have a greater chance of success. 

We know the VC view of management teams:

"Quite simply, management is, by far and away, the most important factor that smart investors take into consideration. VCs invest in a management team and its ability to execute on the business plan, first and foremost." (Source: Investopedia

"I look for great teams, because they can create outstanding returns as well as save your bacon in tough situations." (Source: Bloomberg)

As management teams, we also know the importance of hiring quality people for outsized performance. However, we often neglect how we can improve our chances of finding and attracting the very best. Finding the right people is important. People are the single largest cost - for most companies, they usually account for around two thirds of all costs. If there is only one process you do well in a company, it should be the recruitment process.

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