Balcroft has provided operational consulting support to numerous companies across a multitude of sectors and organisations. Whilst we have been extremely successful in achieving the needs of our clients, we have always been faced with a recurring problem within each project. The common theme is the presence of at least one assassin within the organisation.
We all look and feel so amazed and astonished when a sexual harassment case at work comes up... The truth is that this happens every day, everywhere, because in a certain way society allows it and even in some cases rewards it. Bullying and harassment are unacceptable (not to mention immoral and unethical) behaviours but, what happens when society sees them as positive, mainly at work, where dominant and aggressive personalities are seen as traits of proper leaders?
Maybe not right away. It is highly likely that your initial investment will not be on building an HR team. However, if you are looking for success, there are some things you must pay attention to in the early days. Success for a startup can range from wanting to be acquired by a larger organization, wanting to turn profitable in ‘x’ years or grow in size or offerings. Whatever your definition of success, do not forget to keep your eyes on some basics.
1. Build a vision statement
Recruiting trends more often than not slip out from my circle of interest. To be vocally self-critical, I find myself either skimming over these or straight out ignoring them. However, when earlier this year, Sundar Pichai announced Google for Jobs, I had to sit up and take notice. It intrigued me not because of the smart machine-learning trained algorithms (that has been around long enough) but because when Google gets involved, things change.
I had the pleasure of speaking at DisruptHR London recently, and posed the question - what if people cared about HR?
Personally, I've been in denial about ever working in HR. I've had many covers for this. First, it was as a strategy consulting specialising in Human Capital, then as Head of Strategy and Talent for a venture backed start-up. For some reason, I would never say that I worked in HR.
Social, political, technological and economic conditions may never in recent history have been as influx as they are today.
Neutered leaders lacking popular support to effect change (May, Merkel) and a few who seem intent on rocking the boat (Trump, Putin, Kim Jong-un) are themselves struggling to navigate the choppy waters they have helped create. Trumps’ shameless promotion of America, his apparent disregard for Asia and his radically different approach to politics has many nervous and the uncertainty is unnerving markets.
Bio - Leonard Warren
Leonard has an extensive background in HR Systems with a proven track record of successful HRIS Project Management. He has a passion for HR technology and below he shares his thoughts on the differences between larger, best practice led, HR software providers and the smaller, more configurable, HR solutions.
The Big, the Bad & the Ugly
Jean Tirole won the Nobel Prize of Economy 2014 “for his analysis of market power and regulation”. This man born in Troyes, France, the city where I studied my BA, is now working at “Toulouse 1 Capitole University, Toulouse, France “.His work reveals the importance of the human psychology in the world of business.