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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Colleague: "Hey HB! The Job Description for your CIO role is not showing." HasBean: "I know! None of the senior executives are posted." Colleague: "Why Not? It's time I started planning the skills for my next role." HasBean: "It's just the way we've always done it here." Colleague: "Oh I see! So my only option is to look externally?" HasBean: "Mumble ...

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HasBean: "We need someone with a certificate in Project Management." Candidate: "So as you can see, I have a certificate in the latest Project Management methodology." HR: "So tell me about your experiences with the last project you managed - size, budget etc." Candidate: "Oh No! I haven't actually managed any projects yet. The recruitment agency only checked I had a certificate." HR: "Another hour of my life I'll...

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HR: "What a shame Angela has left. She was our best Business Analyst." HasBean: "I didn't know she was even looking!" HR: "She told me she didn't feel challenged, and couldn't see a career path." HasBean: "How could we have known that?" HR: "But, we knew she fully met the requirements of her current job, so we should have been planning her next one with us." HasBean: "When someone decides...

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Manager: "Great News! For the cost of a weekly coffee, I now know the complete digital skills of my whole team." HasBean: "You already have that, it's in their job descriptions." Manager: "Sure, that shows what we needed when we hired them, but NOT all their skills." HasBean: "What's the use of that?" Manager: "What about when we start resourcing the new Data Analytics project?" HasBean: "Sure, if you say...

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CISO: "This is the internal candidates list for the new Information Security position." HasBean: "Don't think I know her! And how old is he now? Isn't his wife about to have a baby? He supports the same football team I do - we should interview him!" CISO: "Hang On! The skills profile matching shows we have 3 others with much better matched skills and experience."   SkillsTX - Try...

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Manager: "We really need you to start deriving a lot more value from all our data." HasBean: "Already on to it. I've started recruiting and looking for a supplier." Manager: "Do we not already have people with suitable skills?" HasBean: "I doubt it. It requires a whole new set of Job Descriptions." Manager: "But we have hundreds of staff with digital skills, surely there are suitable people we can...

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