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China's pushy parents enrolling their toddlers in Future Leaders courses

Children as young as three are being enrolled in “CEO courses” in China as parents strive to give their offspring an advantage over their infant peers. Toddlers will become qualified in determining “real and fake friendships” and “techniques in dealing with conflicts among friends”, according to the website of one such “future leaders” course at the Beijing-based Baoyatu Early Education Garden. 

Originally reported in the The Daily Telegraph

Geoff's input: Maybe we need to start marketing our Future HR Leaders Programme to a different audience?!

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We were delighted to receive this feedback from a participant of our Future HR Leaders Programme:

"I joined the Oxen Park Future HR Leader Programme in 2014 with expectations of improving my leadership capability, networking with interesting colleagues from different sectors of HR and finding tangible ways forward with business challenges through action learning. It certainly did "what it said on the tin". I have benefited from all of the above. 

Sleep is a hot topic at the moment. The Daily Telegraph has an article today on "Is a lack of sleep killing your career?" The 'sleepless elite' myth is finally being discredited, writes the Daily Telegraph's Maria Lally. Big companies in the banking, legal and advertising world are realising their employees perform better when they sleep properly.

Congratulations to the Centre for Creative Leadership, friends of Oxen Park and regular contributors to our online conversations, on their top 5 ranking for executive education in the Financial Times.

Read more on their website here.

As in previous years, we didn't send Christmas or New Year cards over the festive season, but instead made a contribution to our chosen charity, WaterAid. This international charity transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. You can read more about the work they undertake and how to donate by clicking here.

Children as young as three are being enrolled in “CEO courses” in China as parents strive to give their offspring an advantage over their infant peers. Toddlers will become qualified in determining “real and fake friendships” and “techniques in dealing with conflicts among friends”, according to the website of one such “future leaders” course at the Beijing-based Baoyatu Early Education Garden. 

Originally reported in the The Daily Telegraph

Geoff's input: Maybe we need to start marketing our Future HR Leaders Programme to a different audience?!

Geoff recently presented to a group on Alliance Manchester Business School’s "The Manchester Management Development Programme" on the topic of Leadership & Management – A People Perspective. Most participants rated the session Excellent, here are some verbatim feedback from delegates: 

We were delighted to receive the following feedback from Dawn Aunger, Assistant Director for HR and Organisational Development at Plymouth City Council:

"I have invested in development for many HR&OD teams and individuals over the years with a variety of external providers but my recent experience with Oxen Park has been exemplary.

We have been collaborating with the Centre for Creative Leadership through Nick Petrie, who has shared some of his thinking with us our Conversations from your Office events. Nick always has an interesting perspective on the topics he researches and this is no exception.

For some time now we have been trying to find a refreshing way to look at the subject of Change and we believe Nick has landed on the answer.

Oxen Park’s Geoff Booth is leading a half day session on People Management and HR for this programme July. The Manchester Management Development Programme is a five-day, high energy general management course that maximises accelerated learning for delegates. Over the week the emphasis is on building an individual’s confidence as a manager and gaining a wider appreciation of business. Read more here.

As in previous years, we didn't send Christmas or New Year cards over the festive season, but instead made a contribution to our chosen charity, WaterAid. This international charity transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. We were delighted to read that every donation received by WaterAid between 10 November and 10 February will be doubled by the UK Government.

Oxen Park’s Shauna Hughes delivered exceptional sessions on High Performing Teams in front of hundreds of HR professionals at the Employment Law 2015 conferences. These were held in Dublin and Belfast by Legal Island in November 2015. Here are a few snippets of wonderful feedback:

“I could listen and learn from Shauna Hughes for an entire day. lovely pace and tone to her presentation.”

This recently published list of the top 5 influential HR Thinkers, as selected by HR Magazine, shows the strength of the Oxen Park Network in that we have had the pleasure of 3 of the 5 contribute to our HR Leaders Peer Networking Events. Peter Cheese, David MacLeod and Adrian Furnham are all contacts of the Oxen Park Network and have shared their thoughts on a variety of subjects with HR Leaders attending our 24 hour networking meetings.

In this video, Patrick Lencioni describes his perspectives on high performance teams and their relationship to successful organisations and leadership. His thoughts are persuasive and “on the spot”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KxJop0A0vA

It’s always a challenge to keep up with seemingly unimportant business news but frankly HR folk are constantly criticised by business leaders for not thinking, talking and acting -  business. So allocate some time to catching up with and then keeping up with some business news. We find the ‘The Week’  a pretty good way of staying abreast of the business stories.

Examples from a recent edition:

We hear this complaint too often, the Ulrich model does not work here! We’d argue look harder at yourself – don’t blame Dave Ulrich, he never promised you a silver bullet.

A recent report on  his work has drawn a response from the Dave Ulrich, commenting on The Ulrich Model Comes of Age, he told HR Magazine judging the effectiveness of the original concepts is like “saying that televisions, cell phones, or computers built in 1990 do not offer the services required in the 2010.”

HR Leaders and expert contributors joined us at our latest HR Leaders Peer Networking event hosted by Nabarro at their offices in London.

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