Enabling HR

The HR department has evolved to a modern, business-integrated function aligned with the core strategic goals and objectives. This global best practice centres on the adoption of business partnering and multi-disciplinary collaboration and initiative development. This is evolving further into a model of business integration, focused on the talent solutions.

In the emerging and developing economies of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the HR function is still evolving. Some organisations have bridged the gap to strategic HR, whilst others are still transforming from a focus on personnel management.

With this in mind, our services can flexibly adapt to the development context of each company. We are able to provide high-end best practice advice to those that require it or develop practical approaches to move HR toward supporting the business.

HR capacity building

We understand that building capacity within HR is critical to business success. We support organisations in three ways:

  1. Developing business partner competence
    We provide bespoke development opportunities to ensure HR business partners have the knowledge, skill and attitude to successfully fulfill the role, using the Dave Ulrich competence framework.

  2. Building wider business knowledge
    A core element of business integration is understanding how the business works. We offer training and business simulations to create a multi-disciplinary view of the organisation.

  3. Developing internal consulting skills
    Effective consultation is a cornerstone to modern HR and is a specialised skillset. We provide bespoke development for HR professionals to understand and apply professional consulting skills, which in turn, significantly increases their effectiveness within business units.

Coaching and support

We recommend coaching as a powerful development tool to support HR capability development. Not only does coaching have strong financial ROI, but numerous research findings prove the impact on productivity, quality, profitability, cost reduction, organisational strength and retention. Employees also appreciate the individualised development and direct application to the workplace.

We provide support to HR professionals using our experienced coaches that are:

  • Qualified in human resources and/or professional body qualifications
  • Experienced HR professionals that have held senior HR roles
  • Qualified coaches
  • Experienced in working in developing and emerging economies
Enabling HR
  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is already…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the catalyst…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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