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Publication date: 18 January 2011

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Omar Ismail, a development coach and trainer with a significant wealth of senior level experience. Today he is a

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Omar Ismail, a development coach and trainer with a significant wealth of senior level experience. Today he is a well‐established educator, trainer, coach and business consultant.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer

Findings

Omar Ismail offers advice on how to go about identifying learning and development needs within an organization, how to evaluate the results of training programmes, and the differences between Generation Y and Generation X in their expectations of the workplace.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Social implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

Originality/value

Omar has 18 years of development experience, ranging from developing health and well being of personal clients to coaching global CEOs. He specialises in the development of senior executives looking to break the barrier into greatness. Equipped with a comprehensive set of development tools, skills and experience, Omar works with CEOs, managing directors and senior management personnel offering them a challenging experience designed to bring them to a new level of thinking.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 8 June 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Shimamura Takashi, Nike Japan HR Business Partner and Asia Talent Acquisition Director for Nike, Inc.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Shimamura Takashi, Nike Japan HR Business Partner and Asia Talent Acquisition Director for Nike, Inc.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

Takashi Shimamura, Nike Japan HR Business Partner since 2006, has abundant experience of talent planning and development in multinational operations as well as in bridging Japanese business with global business operation. His strength is in identifying focused “people & organizational agendas/strategies” to meet business imperatives in real teams, as opposed to just in theory, and implementing in a flexible manner.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

This interview provides insights into the employee engagement and talent management strategies that have been implemented by Nike, one of the most recognized international brands in the world.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 26 January 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 20 April 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview Don Sull, Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management at the London Business School and

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview Don Sull, Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management at the London Business School and author of The Upside of Turbulence.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

Sull has published four books and over 100 articles, book chapters, and case studies. Six of his seven Harvard Business Review articles have been bestsellers. Professor Sull has been named an “up and coming business thinker” by The Financial Times and identified as one of the next generation of management gurus by the The Economist. In 2008, he was also named one of Fortune’s Ten New Gurus You Should Know.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.

Originality/value

This interview provides insights into the different tactics that firms can use to deal with turbulent times, and assesses how some companies consistently not only survive very volatile markets, but spot and seize the opportunities that emerge out of these markets.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 26 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 25 May 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Alison Esse, Director of The Storytellers Ltd, an organization that has harnessed the power of Storytelling to

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Alison Esse, Director of The Storytellers Ltd, an organization that has harnessed the power of Storytelling to help business leaders improve organizational performance by connecting employees to strategy, vision, values and change.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

The Storytellers' innovative engagement programme has proved itself with dozens of blue chip organizations all over the world, and the company is now preparing for significant growth over the next few years. The vision of the company is that: “everyone in business will realise the power of their Story”.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Social implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

Originality/value

This interview gives some insight into the Storytellers' innovative engagement programme, which can help business leaders connect their people to strategy, vision, values and change through the power of storytelling.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 26 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 19 October 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Michael Armstrong, joint Managing Partner of e‐reward and former Chief Examiner of the Chartered Institute of

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Michael Armstrong, joint Managing Partner of e‐reward and former Chief Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

In this interview, Michael discusses his new publication, Evidence Based Reward Management, which provides HR professionals with the means of measuring how the reward and pay of employees contribute directly to the performance of organizations.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

It is important to ensure that everything done to develop and improve reward practices is evidence‐based. If organizations do not try to collect and analyze the evidence required to measure reward effectiveness they are not in a position to identify where improvements are required and do not have the information required to decide on the nature of such improvements.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Article
Publication date: 24 August 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Peter White, P&G's Director for Global Sustainability, and chair of P&G's Global Sustainability Leadership

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Peter White, P&G's Director for Global Sustainability, and chair of P&G's Global Sustainability Leadership Council which develops and co‐ordinates the company's sustainability strategy and goals.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

It is absolutely essential for businesses to have a sustainability strategy in place. Organizations need a strategy to make sure that you are acting responsibly. That involves looking into all aspects of the businesses operations, including supply chains, to ensure both social and environmental responsibility.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Social implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

Originality/value

There are five planks to P&G's sustainability strategy which cover all of the important parts of P&G's operations: products; operations; social responsibility programs; employee engagement and stakeholders. This interview provides valuable insight and guidance for businesses that are trying to make sustainability a part of their business strategy.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 26 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 21 September 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Tom Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Rosetta Stone Inc., one of the world's leading language‐learning solution providers.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Tom Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Rosetta Stone Inc., one of the world's leading language‐learning solution providers.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

Rosetta Stone® is an interactive software program that uses technology to simulate the way we all learnt our first language as a child. Learners develop language proficiency naturally, by connecting new words with their meaning, in real‐life contexts that are technology enabled. Interactivity makes learning engaging, and the fact this is a computer‐based tool makes it ideal for busy learners that value convenience.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Social implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

Originality/value

Language skills are a vital part of global business, and selling to businesses, organizations and education establishments has become Rosetta Stone's largest growth area over the past few years. The world is learning languages as the world goes global, and language‐learning providers are an extremely important tool in facilitating this globalization.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 26 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 22 March 2011

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Jessica Pryce Jones, CEO of iOpener, a human asset management consultancy, who look at raising productivity

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Jessica Pryce Jones, CEO of iOpener, a human asset management consultancy, who look at raising productivity through the Science of Happiness at Work.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer

Findings

Jessica Pryce‐Jones founded iOpener to help people to recognise and extend their capabilities. She believes that everyone has the ability to do more: the secret lies in inner momentum and formulating practical solutions.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Social implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

Originality/value

Jessica Pryce‐Jones discusses how to drive change in your organization by looking at performance through the lens of happiness at work

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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 31 August 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Dr Jonathan Passmore, one of the UK's leading coaches. He is a chartered occupational psychologist, an accredited

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Dr Jonathan Passmore, one of the UK's leading coaches. He is a chartered occupational psychologist, an accredited AC coach, a coaching supervisor and fellow of the CIPD.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

In this interview, Jonathan discusses the Association for Coaching's series of books on the topic of coaching, in particular, the most recent publication in the series: “Leadership Coaching”, which examines the models and techniques used to develop greater leadership in others through a coaching relationship.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

Before training as a psychologist, Jonathan worked in several senior management roles in the private, public and voluntary sector at board level. In this interview, he draws on his experiences both as an occupational psychologist and leadership coach, providing some interesting insights into the dilemmas and challenges which leader managers' face.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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