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We’re the CIPD — the professional body for HR and people development. We are the voice of a worldwide community of more than 150,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives.

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Podcast 24: Strategies for attracting and retaining talent

Talent management is a top challenge for HR professionals. Philippa Lamb discusses the issues with speakers from the recent CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition.

16mins

17 Mar 2014

Rank #1

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Podcast 61: Is there truly a trust crisis or is it all just rhetoric

This podcast examines trust in the workplace and in leadership generally: whether it has diminished and if so, how can it be rebuilt? Philippa Lamb talks to Vanessa Robinson, CIPD Head of HR Practice, Veronica Hope-Hailey - Associate Dean, MBA Programmes & Professor of Strategic Human Resource Management, Jane Beine, Head of Partner Development at John Lewis, Kirit Patel, CEO, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Plc and Carol-Ann Edwards, Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Norton Rose

24mins

25 Mar 2014

Rank #2

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Podcast 54: Learning and development in a socially networked age

In this podcast John Baker, former Development and HR Operations Director, Legal & General, Charles Elvin, Director, Centre of Professional Learning and Development, The Open University. Clive Hutchinson, Company Leader, Cougar Automation and John McGurk, Learning and Talent Adviser, CIPD discuss what impact social media is having on the world of work and how learning and development is becoming 'social'

24mins

25 Mar 2014

Rank #3

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Podcast 32: Building leadership capability for change - an interview with Gary Hamel

In this month’s podcast we speak to management guru Gary Hamel on how to build leadership capability for change, so that organisations can thrive. He suggests how this can be achieved and talks about the setting up of MLab, sponsored by CIPD.

29mins

20 Mar 2014

Rank #4

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Podcast 31: Making change work (Part 2)

This podcast takes a more in-depth look at how CIPD case study organisations implemented a change process and the measures they took to achieve change. Victoria Woodison, Mandy Coalter, Valerie Raven-Hill and Louise Fisher describe their experiences of making change happen and Vanessa Robinson talks about whether the HR profession has taken on board the message about change as a continuum.

24mins

20 Mar 2014

Rank #5

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Podcast 13: Globalisation and HR

In this episode we look at research from the Boston Consulting Group in association with the European Association of Personnel Management and CIPD, 'The Future of HR in Europe: Key Challenges Through 2015'.

16mins

26 Feb 2014

Rank #6

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Podcast 90: What neuroscience tells us about insight, intuition and creativity

In this podcast we explore the work of Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith, who researches and writes on insight, intuition and creativity.

19mins

2 May 2014

Rank #7

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Podcast 128: Coaching - It's a culture thing

Over the past twelve months performance management practices have come under close scrutiny with some high-profile organisations including Deloitte and Accenture scrapping their annual performance reviews, instead implementing a more fluid system of ongoing, timely feedback.To transition to this type of new system successfully, however, organisations must ensure that their people are equipped to give and receive more regular feedback and, crucially, that their culture is one in which coaching, mentoring and other forms of continuous feedback can thrive. In this episode we talk to Chris Britton and Nebel Crowhurst from River Island and Rhonda Howarth Nestle about why coaching is an integral part of performance management in their organisations. They offer practical advice on developing coaching capabilities and embedding them into the business. We also explore the psychology of coaching wit ex England cricketer and founder of Sporting Edge, Jeremy Snape.

18mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Podcast 126: Learning to learn - a new take on Senge's learning organisation

In his best-selling book, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge outlines the concept of the ‘learning organisation’. These organisations would be agile, innovative and highly competitive. They would emphasise continual learning and work from a shared vision for all employees. Senge was certainly ahead of his time and 27 years after publication, organisations are still seeking (and often struggling) to embody these ideas. In this episode we discuss new research from Towards Maturity into the New Learning Organisation, and we chat to learning professionals from Virgin Media, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Heart Foundation to find what becoming a learning organisation has meant for them and what steps they’ve taken to put learning at the heart of their business.

19mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Podcast 65: Corporate responsibility and HR

Since the 1990s corporate responsibility has become firmly rooted in all sorts of businesses but now we’re in leaner years and there's a crisis of trust in business. So where does that leave corporate responsibility and what does a more responsible approach to business actually look like these days? Joining in the debate are industry experts Marcus Jamieson-Pond, director of Three Legged Stool and Founder of the Convergence Network; Mark Wakefield, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM UK; and Marie Sigsworth, Group CR Director at Aviva.

23mins

26 Mar 2014

Rank #10

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Podcast 135: The engagement myth

What is the connection between productivity and engagement? It’s a key question for organisations and much debated in the HR community. Do engaged employees always work harder, smarter or more efficiently? Does a productive worker always mean an engaged worker? Can you measure the relationship between productivity and engagement?In this episode we look at both sides of the engagement/productivity debate. We explore the evidence that links the two and we discuss the many ways in which engagement (high or low) can impact an organisation. We also offer advice for HR professionals on assessing their own companies’ engagement levels and tips on getting a better understanding of the productivity and engagement relationship.

15mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Podcast 37: Employee engagement

In this podcast Sarah Redshaw, Dean Royles, Perry Timms and Mark Adlestone, all of whom were speakers at CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition at Manchester, discuss what employee engagement means to them, how far it has come in practice and what’s next. Sarah Redshaw is HR Director for the Global Hair Business, Dean Royles is Chair of the Board of CIPD, Perry Timms is Head of Organisational Development at the Big Lottery Fund and Mark Adlestone is Managing Director of Beaverbrooks the Jewellers.

20mins

20 Mar 2014

Rank #12

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Podcast 130: Strength in numbers: what's new in performance management

Over the past year the issue of performance management has been much debated, largely owing to several high-profile organisations publically abolishing their annual appraisals in favour of more regular systems of feedback. In this episode we’ll be looking at some of the latest trends in performance management from appraisals and smart objectives to performance ratings and employee involvement. We’ll be talking to Jonny Gifford from CIPD, about what the evidence has shown in the field of performance management, James Brook from Strengths Partnership about a strengths-based approach, and Ali Mohammed from Great Ormond Street Hospital about the practicalities of embedding good performance management practice across an organisation.

17mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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Podcast 66: Learning and development: Science or strategic business disciline

Is learning and development mostly about science or is it more of a strategic business discipline? Three experts with differing perspectives discuss: Dr Itiel Dror, Principal Consultant, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bill Parsons, VP for HR at ARM Holdings UK, and Vice President L & D at the CIPD and Martyn Sloman , L&TD academic, consultant and practitioner

23mins

26 Mar 2014

Rank #14

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Podcast 60: Social media - no longer a risk to be managed?

More and more organisations are recognising the value of social media to their success. Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Random House, Richard Sealey, Director at Foviance and Alison Chisnell of Informa share their experiences

25mins

25 Mar 2014

Rank #15

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Podcast 140: Driving Performance with L&D

In the changing context of work, performance and productivity are key considerations for organisations of every size. Today’s L&D teams play a vital role in helping organisations to address these issues. In order to do so, learning must be embedded at the heart of their businesses and this may mean a significant shift in learning culture. L&D teams must seek to revolutionise their approach if they are to drive productivity and performance in their organisations.In this episode we explore the latest research from Towards Maturity which looks at L&D in high performing organisations and how they are able to achieve astounding improvements in their performance and productivity. We discuss the role L&D practitioners, senior leaders and managers play in driving these changes and challenges they may face. And we hear from an organisation that has already implemented many of the recommendations from the research.

19mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Podcast 141: Integrating HR and L&D

As the people profession evolves to meet the needs of a changing business landscape, HR and L&D teams are becoming far more integrated throughout their organisations, working closely with different functions and using their professional skills and knowledge to improve business performance. In this episode we talk to CIPD’s own Director of people, Brad Taylor, as well as Kate Griffiths-Lambeth, HRD at Charles Stanley, along with her CEO and COO, to find out how their teams go about working with a range of different business areas and the importance they place on integrating the HR and L&D functions throughout the organisation.

23mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Podcast 150: Workforce Planning

Many organisations still shy away from this important combined business practice and HR led strategy as it can appear to be too complicated a task. This podcast encourages organisations of all sizes to start small and build on the data and analysis that will inform the practices and key skills required for talent acquisition and management, succession planning and change.

25mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Podcast 142: Are robots stealing our jobs?

Robots aren’t taking over our jobs just yet, but automation is already augmenting many roles. Much of the current discussion on how new technology stands to change the world of work is limited. Debates typically centre on the extent to which humans are going to be ‘replaced’ or which jobs or tasks are most at risk of automation. This narrative is driven by the assumption that all we care about is productivity and since machines are seen to be much more efficient with the potential to make better decisions than humans – it can only lead to one conclusion. But in a world that is more connected than ever before – individuals are increasingly feeling isolated and desire human interaction.This episode explores how people and technologies can augment each other in the workplace, through a series of case studies, providing important food for thought for both organisations and individuals.

21mins

6 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Podcast 129: Ethics: a leadership imperative

Businesses today are experiencing growing levels of distrust and disillusionment both internally and externally. Fuelled by high-profile stories of fraud and unethical behaviour from Volkwagen and Amazon to BHS and SportsDirect, customers, employees and investors are demanding greater transparency and stronger moral leadership from the organisations with which they do business. But is ethical behaviour a personal choice or a business imperative? New research from CIPD suggests that leaders who display strong moral character are likely to inspire greater motivation, productivity and commitment. In this episode we talk to three HR and business leaders about the role HR plays in developing strong ethical leadership in themselves and their employees.

18mins

3 Oct 2017

Rank #20