A dog is for life, not just for Christmas   It is more than 40 years since the slogan "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas", was created by Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust (which was known as the National Canine Defence League in those days).   Treat them right   Whilst I'm not trying to say that you should treat your staff like dogs,...

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British Airways  are facing a record fine of £183m for a data breach. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48905907   In September last year I published a blog mentioning that it could be as high as 4% of annual global revenue. In this case, it looks like the proposed fine is lower, and about 1.5%, but it is still a record fine. BA have 28 days to appeal - so we will see...

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Why we need a common language for skills   Many years ago, when I was running an office supplies company, we had a customer come into the shop saying "I need an elephant!". The initial response to the blank looks of the staff resulted in the customer saying with more urgency "you know, an ELEPHANT!". We tried to help, avoiding the obvious jokes about this not being...

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92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation   A recent study published by TechTarget on the "UK & Ireland 2019 IT Priorities" highlighted that 92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation. 2019_IT_Priorities_UKI_Infographic   Does your company have the required skills to deliver Digital Transformation?   As reported by Gartner, most companies don't have an accurate inventory of their current skills. There's also evidence building...

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Objective vs Subjective

When trying to compare tools or approaches to assessments, interviews etc., sometimes the question comes up about the difference and benefits of 'objective' vs 'subjective'. Unfortunately some of the responses and content on this subject are quite misleading, and often the wrong questions are asked.     Definitions   First, let's start with understanding the definition of these terms:   Subjective: Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. ‘his views are...

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Recently I've noticed a trend of companies who are implementing generalist HR tools, but then not being 100% happy with the outcome they receive.   It seems I'm not the only one noticing this. Josh Bersin, well-known industry analyst, talked about this at the Unleash event we were exhibiting at in London recently - "In many of my recent discussions with HR technology buyers I've been surprised...

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Millennials are people born between 1981 and 1996, according to the definition by Pew Research Center. It has been forecast that by 2020 millennials will make up over 35% of the global workforce. Senior and middle management are often still predominately Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. They could therefore be struggling to figure out how to manage and assimilate Millennials into the organisation. From experience, it...

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Digital Skills Management maturity is a challenge - find out where you are! Take 5-minutes out of your day to complete our FREE DSM Maturity assessment, and receive a detailed report and guidance for moving up the scale. As with any journey, you need to know where you're starting from. This Digital Skills Management Maturity model helps you to identify where you are now, where you want...

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ISACA have just released part 1 of their 2019 State of Cybersecurity report, which can be downloaded here. Here are a few headlines that yet again demonstrate that it is essential to focus on people and skills, and improve your Digital Skills Management maturity. “Skills gap still not shrinking” “69% say their cybersecurity teams are understaffed” “58% have unfilled (open) cybersecurity positions” “32% say it take...

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skill gaps, cybersecurity

Either you already know your Digital, ICT or Cybersecurity skills issues, or you’re going to find out the hard way!   Where are my risks?   Significant business risk exists from the inability to prevent data loss and Cybersecurity incidents if the people and skill risks are unknown. If you don’t know what skills you have or what skills you need, no gap analysis is possible to identify or...

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