Podcasts

Here you can access podcasts from the CIPD series on range of business, HR and L&D topics.

Business strategy and insights

This podcast explores the tricky business of team creation and discusses the role of evolving technology, the importance of communication patterns and shared values, and how all of these aspects contribute to building the best team.
 
In the podcast we speak to Gareth Jones, a leadership expert and executive teacher, who advocates thinking carefully about the groundwork of a team and the importance of defining the tasks that a team is being asked to address. We also speak to Jonny Gifford, research adviser at the CIPD, who puts emphasis on the diversity of thought and skills within a team and how this divergence can help push boundaries, although Jonny argues it’s vital that team leaders are able to manage any conflict that arises. Alistair Shepherd, Founder and President of Saberr (a people analytics company who offer a team optimisation tool) echoes this, saying it’s not just a matter of similarity and like, it’s about shared values and communication patterns, and gives us an insight into the use of data and analytics in creating the perfect team. Research shows that having the right team from the beginning can be vital to the success of a startup business and so we also speak to Ryan Notz, founder and CEO of MyBuilder, about his experience of the impact that building a highly effective team can have on business success.
 
Date: 04 Aug 2014 | Duration: 00:24:02

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While your business is small, the founder can personally interact with the employees and convey the core vision that they have for the organisation. As the organisation expands, this is increasingly difficult, and the founder has to rely on others to ‘sell the dream’. In this episode, we speak to Alex Saint, co-founder and CEO of Secret Escapes, about the process of ‘stepping back’ as his company has expanded and opened offices abroad.
 
We also speak to Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Research Associate at the CIPD, who discusses recent CIPD research findings, which highlight the importance of finding a way to formalise your values as your business grows.
 
To hear how DUO have formalised their values with the help of employees from across the business, we speak to Claire Alexander, HR and Talent Development Manager at DUO.
 
We also speak to Ben Saunders, Head of HR at IMarEST, the professional body for marine professionals, about the vision and values challenges faced by a membership body, and how they’ve used technology to ensure that their offices abroad keep close to their UK headquarters.
 
Date: 01 Jul 2014 | Duration: 00:19:39

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In this podcast Gareth Jones visiting Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School outlines the six point plan of an authentic organisation - arranged in an acronym DREAMS.
 
Date: 16 Dec 2013 | Duration: 00:19:40

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HR strategy and function

In today’s business landscape HR professionals are seeking greater business credibility, greater influence and greater impact in their organisations. But what role does HR play in promoting and/or enforcing ethical responsibility in business?

Recent high-profile scandals at Volkswagen, Tesco and Amazon have highlighted the importance of organisational culture and leadership, not to mention the risks of ignoring them. In this roundtable discussion Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, David Jackson, Associate Director of HR at Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Harrison, Director of People and Strategy at CIPD, discuss the changing role of HR and how ethical responsibility and business credibility can be balanced and incorporated into that role.

Date: 01/12/15 | Duration: 00:16:59

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As the world of work changes at an ever increasing pace this podcast explores the role HR professionals should play in planning and landing change programmes in their organisation.

First of all we hear from Professor Julia Balogun, Professor of Strategic Management and Incoming Director, University of Liverpool Management School on her findings from the two-part CIPD research report on landing transformational change and why HR needs to function in a more nuanced role as ‘expert faciliators’. We also hear from James Sutherland, Interim HR Business Consultant at Zurich, about Zurich’s PACE change programme and the practicalities of implementing this programme, including events like ‘The Hunger Games’. We also speak to Cliff Oswick, Professor of Organization Theory and Deputy Dean at Cass Business School, City University London, who discusses the impact of different generational mind-sets and digital connectivity on change and his opinion of the way forward for change management: dialogic and social movement approaches.

Date: 03/11/15 | Duration: 00:19:30

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Research suggests that by 2030 there will be more jobs than people. In this talent-led market, reward strategies will become enormously important in helping organisations to stand out and attract and retain the very best candidates.

In this podcast Charles Cotton, Public Policy Advisor for Reward at CIPD offers insight into the shifting landscape of reward and the challenges of catering to a changing workforce with increasingly diverse needs and preferences. Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Penguin Random House discusses the importance of reward in creating a fair and transparent culture following the merger of the two publishing houses in 2014. And Kelly Mitchell, Head of People Services at Home Group shares her organisation’s experience of launching an innovative reward scheme and the benefit of good communication and engagement.

Date: 01/09/15 | Duration: 00:18:03

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In this podcast, we asked you, our listeners, to take the lead and give us your wise words and views on the HR profession; its highs and lows, how it’s changing, the best advice you’ve been given in your career and what you love about working in HR.
 
We also put your questions to our trio of expert speakers: HR Director of Telefonica, UK, Ann Pickering, Stefan Stern, Visiting Professor as CASS Business School, and Max Blumberg, Research Fellow at Goldsmiths University. Ann, Stefan and Max also give their expert insight on successful HR careers, industry trends and buzzwords and what HR means today.
 
Date: 07 Apr 2015 | Duration: 00:26:19

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Business partnerships are on the rise, with 25% more organisations setting one up in 2014 than in 2013. This episode follows on from the December episode which looked at the key considerations that should be made when approaching business partnerships.
 
In this episode we speak to representatives from Shell and Rolls Royce about their experiences of business partnerships. Sofiah Umar, VP for HR Strategy and Planning for Shell tells us about using business partnerships as a way to collaborate with competitors and the challenges HR face in accepting the change of mindset required for success, while Charlotte Dearnley, Head of HR for Controls and Data Services at Rolls Royce, speaks about her role in building an individual culture and identity for her business unit, while remaining part of Rolls Royce, and the importance of fostering communication. Philippa Stokes, Head of Global Employment Relations at Rolls Royce echoes this point by describing why it is crucial to foster common understanding. We also hear from Paul Sparrow, Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School on the role of HR in launching and sustaining successful business partnerships.
 
Date: 03 Feb 2015 | Duration: 00:16:40

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As the nature of organisations changes to become less insular and more networked, strategic business partnerships are on the rise and HR’s role in these partnerships is critical. This podcast looks at HR’s role in business partnerships and the key considerations that should be made when approaching business partnerships. We speak to to Paul Sparrow, Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School about why business partnerships are on the rise, the concept of mutual benefits and the three overaching themes that his research has identified as affecting the outcome of partnering arrangements; risk and capability, governance and sharing knowledge and learning beyond your own organisation.
 
This podcast will be followed up by 'Part 2' where we speak to Shell and Rolls Royce to learn about their experience of HR’s role in the success of their business partnerships.
 
Date: 02 Dec 2014 | Duration: 00:11:59

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In this podcast Martin Clarkson, Co-founder and Chairman, The Storytellers, Vilma Nikolaidou, Head of OD, Tate Galleries and Wilson Wong, CIPD Senior Researcher, OD Insight and Practice, discuss organisation development from the perspective of involving stakeholders in the design and development process and examine the best ways to communicate OD throughout the organisation.
 
Date: 30 Oct 2013 | Duration: 00:21:37

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In this podcast CIPD's Chief Executive Peter Cheese. Robert Bolton, Partner, Leader of Global HR Transformation Centre of Excellence, KPMG and Hayley Brown, Talent Intelligence Analyst, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), for AVON Cosmetics, discuss the results of a survey and how HR needs to be able to use analytics to prove its own value to the business.
 
Date: 03 Apr 13 | Duration 00:23:13

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Well-being and behavioural science

This episode explores the nebulous idea of resilience and why it is fundamental to the success of both individuals and organisations, helping them to adapt to change and bounce back from adversity.

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With reports of mental health problems at work increasing yearly, HR professionals from Deloitte and Mind and MP Norman Lamb discuss their experiences and the need for business foster good mental health in their organisations.

05 Oct10 2015 | Duration: 00:17:05

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In this podcast we explore the work of Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith, who researches and writes on insight, intuition and creativity. Eugene talks us through the meaning and processes behind insight and intuition, and what cognitive science tells us about ideation and problem solving.
 
We also speak to Jan Hills, founder and partner of Head Heart + Brain, about her organisation’s science-based approach to leadership and HR capability. Previously the COO at an investment bank, Jan now uses neuroleadership ideas in her change work with organisations, and explains to us why this approach often goes down well with business leaders, and how it can help to foster innovation.
 
Ruth Stuart, the CIPD’s Research Adviser in L&D, also joins us. Ruth discuss the impact that neuroscience insights on creativity and learning can have on workplaces and people management, and tells us more about the CIPD’s current and upcoming research in this area.
 
Date: 07 May 2014 | Duration: 00:19:28

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In this podcast David Rock, CEO of NeuroLeadership Group and Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, discuss how neuroscience is changing the way we think about key areas of people development in the workplace, including how people learn, how leaders are developed, how performance is managed and how people are motivated.
 
Date: 30 Sep 2013 | Duration: 00:14:21

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In this podcast Daniel H. Pink, author and speaker on workplace, business and management, discusses an example of a truly impressive leader and how he thinks companies can encourage good leadership to flourish.
 
Date: 20 Nov 2013 | Duration: 00:04:48

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Learning and development

Recent research shows that just 7% of L&D professionals evaluate the impact of learning initiatives on the wider business but in these uncertain and evolving times it’s essential that L&D becomes all about alignment; with both business aims and with evolving ways of learning.
 
But what does alignment actually look like? In this podcast we speak to three experts to gain their insight. Laura Overton, founder of Towards Maturity, discusses what is holding alignment up and what L&D should really be measuring to assess value, while Julian Stodd, Founder and Captain at SeaSalt Learning describes the new world of learning, of social and community, and why L&D need to act as agile facilitators not controllers of learning. Andrew Jacobs, Talent Management and Organisational Development Manager at London Borough of Lewisham, agrees with the importance of embracing new ways of learning but stresses the need to challenge the use of certain methods and technology to ensure it’s what is needed for the business. Andrew also discusses his experience of stripping back his L&D offering to truly align with what people want and what they’re already using.
 
Date: 07 Jul 2015 | Duration: 00:24:04

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The world of continuing professional development (CPD) is changing. Organisations and professional institutions are increasingly shifting their emphasis from classroom-based learning and compulsory hours or units to a much more personalised, flexible and informal approach.
 
This podcast takes a closer look at CPD in the HR profession, exploring the benefits and challenges of a voluntary system, how it compares to other professions, the opportunities it offers for the individual and the organisation and ultimately, how CPD can contribute to building and maintaining the HR profession as a whole.
 
Date: 05 May 2015 | Duration: 00:24:49

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Coaching has become the generic solution to a plethora of HR development needs but is it always the right approach and are we using it effectively? John McGurk, CIPD Adviser, Learning & Talent, Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership, Henley Business School, Heather Townsend, Director, Excedia Group, and Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Random House, discuss.
 
Date: 02 Jul 2013 | Duration: 00:18:15

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