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Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

40 Ways to Influence Stakeholders During a Change Management Program

40 Ways to Influence Stakeholders During a Change Management Program

I’m back in Oman this week, delivering the third installment of the RBL HR Academy to a group of amazing Omani HR leaders. This week it’s all about change management. Global research reveals that the success rate of a company wide change management program is less than 30%. Whether it’s due to bad planning, politics, unclear objectives and reason for change, resistance to change or not being able to communicate the WIIIFM (what is in it for me) what I often notice is that we’re not very good in identifying and developing a plan on how to engage our stakeholders. We often only think of employees or customers as our stakeholders without doing a proper analysis on who is vested or impacted during the change and who might help us succeed or could possibly derail the program. Even if we’ve done a stakeholder analysis, we then stick to the tried and tested approaches of influencing stakeholders: communicate, communicate and communicate some more. With the help of the Omani HR...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Transformational Leadership |

3 Traits That Will Make You an Impactful HR Business Leader

3 Traits That Will Make You an Impactful HR Business Leader

In the last couple of weeks I have taken you through my recipe for becoming an incredibly successful HR Business Leader which can be viewed as: “Building on an impeccable reputation a successful HR Business leader combines business and people fore-sights/insights to effectively implement innovative talent, structure, processes, culture and leadership practices to support line managers in maximizing performance and building capabilities to achieve the aspirations of individuals, teams the organization and its stakeholders at large.” Two weeks ago I shared with you how you can build your personal reputation and credibility and last week I emphasized on the need for you to combine business and people insight and foresights. Today it’s all about your HR experience and expertise. I assume you know your stuff, otherwise you wouldn’t work in HR. But that’s not enough. It’s not just your knowledge about HR but also your ability to act as a change champion. To be an internal consultant. And most importantly, your ability to influence others. 1. Driving Change HR are...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Transformational Leadership |

5 Remarkable Leadership Lessons from Volkswagen’s Failure

5 Remarkable Leadership Lessons from Volkswagen’s Failure

I’m still trying to digest this. One of the most iconic German brands has been caught cheating. Driven by an overzealous CEO with an ‘eyes bigger than your stomach’ appetite to become the largest car company in the world cheated customers in the hopes of buying time to find a technical solution that never came. As we all know, they got caught in their own ‘distorted reality field’ assuming that they could get away with murder. With praise to the tenacity of the American Environmental Protection Agency, they were discovered. As always in such cases the people at the bottom of the pyramid suffer. Workers who had nothing to do with the decisions might lose their jobs and customers who bought their ‘green diesels’ are left aghast by the fact that instead of being environmental friendly they have been spewing 35-times the legal limit of NOx in the atmosphere. Volkswagen and to a larger extent the ‘German’ brand will be reeling from the consequences for some time to come. As a leader, you should probably...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Gender Inclusion | 1 comment

5 Tested Steps to Create a Female Friendly Workplace

5 Tested Steps to Create a Female Friendly Workplace

I don’t have to talk about the advantages of creating a gender diverse workplace anymore. I’ve done that in many previous articles and blogs, such as  Companies Who Got Gender Diversity Right and Businesswomen on Top – Views on Gender Diversity. And of course our first ever research report on Women@Work in Pakistan also highlighted the benefits in a roadmap on how to create a female friendly workplace. Over the last couple of years a number of leading companies in Pakistan have shown commitment and drive which has accelerated the progress of creating more female friendly workplace. I wanted to share some of their examples hoping that they’ll inspire other companies to do the same while recognizing these leading companies for the great work they are doing. Step 1: Visible and Genuine Executive Commitment The first step is for the organization’s leadership team to be convinced that having a gender-balanced organization is smart business. It’s not about being politically correct or morally doing the right thing. It simply gives better returns. The executive...

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Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Personal Growth |

The Truth About Social Profiles and 3 Actions to Attract Recruiters

The Truth About Social Profiles and 3 Actions to Attract Recruiters

Once upon a time there used to be a discussion around the topic of whether social media profiles would replace the traditional CV. And though most companies still ask for some form of a resume – whether one uploaded by the applicant or created through a job portal, your social profiles say a lot about you You must never ever forget that anything online is not private – if it exists in the cloud there’s always a chance someone important will see it. There are some basic tips such as: Use your real name, Have a “real email address”, Have a respectable profile image, and Include contact information, which apply across all social networks. Follow these and the specific action tips below and you’ll be able to attract recruiters with a healthy combination of personal and business information. Facebook Most likely this was first social profile which probably has a ton of things you wouldn’t want your boss or your mother to see. Should you go back and erase all the incriminating evidence? Of...

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