Kathryn Kendall

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People Management, and Getting It Right

I’ve written previously about the reasons why I believe you can’t teach someone to be a great people manager. You can improve someone’s people management skills, but my personal belief, borne out by my years of working with people and their line managers, is that people management, and inherently understanding how you inspire, develop and get the best out of people, in itself is not something which can be taught.

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Time’s Up

Time’s up. And it’s time we properly talked about the problem. And not simply talked, either. It’s time to act.

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Ten Things I’m Going To Do More of In 2018

When we set our New Year resolutions, they’re often about achieving particular goals. Whether it’s nailing that particular promotion, or just shifting a few pounds, we tend to think about the end result rather than the behaviours we exhibit in order to get there.

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My HR Predictions for 2018

 With Christmas just around the corner, I thought now was the perfect time to share with you my HR predictions for the year ahead. We’ve seen the world of HR continue to transform as we’ve progressed through 2017, and I don’t see that changing as we head into 2018 and beyond. Here, then, are the things I believe all HR practitioners should look to expect:

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Mind The Gap: The Culture Gap

Culture has been a buzz word in the HR industry for as long as I’ve been a part of it. We’re all familiar with the quote attributed to Peter Drucker: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The truth of course is that great organisations need both a clear and well defined strategy, and the organisational culture which enables delivery of that strategy.

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Showing Our Human Sides: The Rise of Social Media

My attention was caught this morning by a fascinating discussion on BBC Breakfast regarding personal social media profiles. It was off the back of a number of high profile cases where celebrities have been required to apologise after a series of historical comments on social media came to light which contained discriminatory language.

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When Silence Is Golden: The Power of Listening in a World of White Noise

We live in a 24/7, “always on” society. The boundaries between our home and personal lives are more blurred than ever before. With the rise of the internet and its plethora of social networks, there is barely a second in any given day when we are not being bombarded with information, communications and a blur of white noise.

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It’s A Man’s World… And Why It Needs Not To Be

Friday 10 November 2017 marked Equal Pay Day. It’s the day on which, based on the current gender pay gap, women effectively stop earning relative to men. With the gap between male and female pay sitting at a staggeringly 14.1% – and worse, not having closed in the last three years, despite the increased publicity and mandatory gender pay reporting regulations which have been introduced – it is time for us all to take action.

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Mince Pies and Money Worries: The Festive Financial Season

It might still only be the second week of November, but for most employees there is just one more pay day before Christmas. While talking about the festive season this early might be seen as overkill, we all need to be aware that, for a number of employees within our organisations, Christmas will already be very much playing on their minds… and not for the reasons you might think, either.

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Self-Employment – The Lessons We Can Learn

It can’t just be me who seems to have a spate of friends suddenly deciding to leave their nice, safe, stable jobs and branch out on their own. Self-employment is becoming more and more popular, and this is borne out by the statistics we see. In 2008, there were 3.8 million self employed people, according to the Office for National Statistics. By 2015 there were 4.6 million, an increase of more than 20% over just 7 years. With the rise of the gig economy, it seems the trend of “going it alone” is one that is here to stay.

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