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Pride comes before……..


Its been 51 weeks this week since I started at the madhouse. 51 weeks.

I’m proud that during that time I can hand on heart say that I have changed the way in which HR is perceived. We’re not perfect. Not perfect by any means, but people are starting to get what I am saying. They are starting to understand the value of a good, proactive, strategic HR function.

This morning was a high point.

For three hours I was with the Deputy CEO, the Comms Director and the Strategy Director. We were talking about how we drive the strategic agenda forward, how we focus the Board on thinking strategically and not tactically, we were debating the key issues that we saw for the business and our industry in the next five years. We were making a difference.

And this was a meeting that I engineered. It was never going to happen and I made it happen. We were placing HR at the centre of the business agenda and facilitating and driving change.

It was a high point. And I returned to the office on a high.


“HRD. Its FD. Just want to let you know that Facilities Director (little FD – fD) came to see me, now shes back from maternity leave, about the move from reporting to me to reporting to you. Not happy. Not happy at all. She says it will look like a backward step in the external market and she’s worried that Facilities won’t be taken as seriously anymore now its reporting into HR. Just wanted to let you know.”


I’m not ashamed to tell you that the air went blue. But then, “hey” I thought. What the hell. When did I ever worry about what the FD thought! And certainly not the fD!!

Just goes to show, you. You are as other people see you.

There is work yet to be done.……….

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