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Latest News, Blogs & Vlogs from Rebecca Houghton.

‘NO’ the most powerful word in the world

"No" the most powerful word in the world? Possibly…. Does “there’s just not enough hours in the day” sound familiar? As leaders, Time is often our scarcest resource and in an increasingly complex landscape, it’s easy to be pulled in a million directions at once and...

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Is a return to work a ‘return to worth’?

Is a return to work a ‘return to worth’? I recently overheard a conversation between a return to work mum and her recruiter, clearly discussing the prospect of an offer for an executive position. The recruiter was trying to set up her expectations – which, according...

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Pricing in a growth business

Pricing – the bane of every growth business. I recently sat in on the launch of this brilliant pricing course run by London’s leading behavioural economist Hannah Lewis, and I want to give it a shout out. It’s absolutely spot-on for small business owners (like me, and...

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WHY HR & FINANCE SHOULD BE BEST FRIENDS

When I was heading up People Change a few years ago, one of the most frustrating things I experienced was the disconnect between HR and Finance people data. HR & FINANCE SHOULD BE BEST FRIENDS Nothing made me more nervous than getting the numbers wrong in a people...

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New approaches to a strategy

Is the strategy offsite a thing of the past? I recently said no to doing a 2-day strategy offsite and I had a genuinely puzzled client ask me why I didn’t favour that approach. In a world where doing business differently is critical if we don’t approach Strategy...

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Unlock the Talent within

Unlock the Talent within - solve 3 other problems at the same time. The gig economy has now entered the mainstream, with around 40% of workers engaged in a non-permanent capacity. The conversation about reskilling the workforce has been going on for over 5 years, yet...

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Trends in human capital today.

9 trends to watch in human capital today. I was recently lucky enough to hear Chris Havrilla from Bersin by Deloitte discussing their 2019 Global Human Capital Trends report. In a nutshell, the key themes of the research are the Future of workforce: 1. Alternate...

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Asking about previous salary – ok or not ok?

Employers often ask about current salary as part of their negotiations, and it strikes me as pretty much the only time where this happens in a business deal. We don't typically ask a plumber or accountant what their last client paid, do we? Yet when we hire a plumber...

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‘Working together’ in the market today

Total Talent Management – is it in the too hard basket? A recent count up showed me about 12 different ways of 'working together' in the market today, (and I bet I’ve missed some): • subcontractor • contractor • sole trader • SOW worker • on payroll permanent • on...

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To pool or not to pool?

Talent Pools - to pool or not too pool I’ve recently had two debates on the topic of talent pools. One was a company that fervently believed in talent pools and had over 25,000 people in their pool, yet were struggling to fill their roles fast enough. The other was a...

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Doing Business Differently

I recently had the privilege of facilitating a government department’s 10yr planning process. We let go of the traditional idea of a two-day exec offsite that gets translated into actions (aka instructions) for others and instead opted for a more democratised...

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How to lead in today’s VUCA world of work

How to lead in today’s VUCA world of work I recently read a great 6-part series by the Chief Executive Magazine on the subject of leading in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times. VUCA leadership used to be the domain of the armed forces, who worked out a...

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