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HR in chaos

Agi Kertynska suggests that chaos theory may be a good way of understanding how to manage change effectively.
 
The last few weeks seemed to be particularly unsettling in the world outside. I found myself wondering how to react and speak about matters which were emotionally charged. I went back to history to see how academics and thinkers reacted to political and social upheavals in the past. It got me to research the life of Erasmus of Rotterdam and his attitude to Reformation.
 

An OD Journey

Agi Kertynska reflects on what can be gained from putting together an OD plan.

I have been in my current (OD) role for nine months. It has been a rewarding time with lots of learning, both on the job and by taking advantage of external development opportunities. I have had a chance to observe and listen to my colleagues, see how they interact and hear what they would like their workplace to be. I am writing this post on my birthday which these days results more in reflection than outbursts of sheer enthusiasm. So what has been achieved and what still needs to happen?

An OD Journey

Agi Kertynska reflects on what can be gained from putting together an OD plan.

I have been in my current (OD) role for nine months. It has been a rewarding time with lots of learning, both on the job and by taking advantage of external development opportunities. I have had a chance to observe and listen to my colleagues, see how they interact and hear what they would like their workplace to be. I am writing this post on my birthday which these days results more in reflection than outbursts of sheer enthusiasm. So what has been achieved and what still needs to happen?

How to tell the future…

Last week I attended the HPMA ‘Evolving Roles Enhancing Skills’ workshop. One thing that struck me was mentioning the importance of horizon scanning (HS). I have heard about HS before – in fact it was a mantra during my time at PHE, in the non-HR role. However, I have not come across it a lot in the HR world (workforce planning colleagues may say something different). Is it because we are so consumed by current demands or is our mindset still quite transactional, or is it simply we just don’t know how to do HS? I would really like to hear what you think about it.
 

How Stonehenge can help managers

Summer has officially started. I celebrated that astronomical transition in Stonehenge. It was the first time I experienced the solstice in this magical place right from the sunset, through a freezing night and to the sun rise. Aside from enjoying the occasion it also got me thinking about how difficult and how easy organising such huge events can be. Let alone ensuring they are successful.

Should NHS leaders rely on their hunches?

Recently I attended a workshop on how to facilitate innovation. I learned new tools and the process needed to get ideas to flow. One of the pieces of advice our facilitator, Jon, gave us was to trust our gut instinct when selecting which ideas could turn into innovation. This really intrigued me so I was prompted to explore what gut instinct actually is and whether it is a reliable way for leaders to make decisions.

Take a break!

Most of the time us HR/OD professionals talk about change in the context of things such as alignment to a new strategy or dealing with overall performance. We consider what the reaction of our staff will be, how they are going to cope and adapt. We organise resilience and mindfulness sessions in between running staff consultations etc. But sometimes we forget how WE should deal with our own change, especially with the ‘obvious’ ones like moving jobs.

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