Important Trends in HR

One of our clients asked me to join their Global HR meeting and facilitate a discussion of the broad trends in Human Resources so that they could benchmark their plans. This article provides you with information on what are the current trends impacting HR. Firstly we will look at some broad trends and then we will look at five main trends impacting HR directly.

Action Centred Learning

Experiential learning as elucidated by David Kolb, the well-known American educational theorist and Psychology professor, is the process or having a real lifelike experience and then through reflection forming personal conclusions on what will work for you. His well-known and widely used model has four steps:

What ever happened to Microsoft and Nokia? Leadership Lessons

The recent announcement that Microsoft is purchasing Nokia for some £4.6bn/ $7.2bn was for many not a surprise. With a former Microsoft leader, Stephen Elop heading Nokia these last couple of years it was perhaps inevitable that the two would come together. After all one of his first strategic moves was to sacrifice Nokia’s beloved Symbian software and move to Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The value of facilitation skills for HR and other professionals

Facilitation is an important skill set that everybody has to some degree of proficiency. However to be able to apply it to achieve results with different groups of managers requires having both a good tool kit of techniques and a good understanding of when and how to intervene. These enable the facilitator to have the appropriate impact in helping the group or unit or department produce valuable results. It is a valuable additional weapon for the armory of HR professionals especially when they are stepping into a business partnering role.