Tim Armstrong, CEO of Aol, has got himself into a bit of bother with his staff. Last Tuesday, at a breakfast meeting with Wolf Olins, he criticised his company’s efforts covering the SxSW festival in Austin and, in particular, the quality of work of his staff.
Apparently, he quickly backtracked – not by renouncing what he said but by declaring in an open meeting with staff that he should have made the point directly to them instead of to an external company. He stood by his assertion that the company’s work was not up to snuff.
Was this the right move?
Fascinating portrait of the wives of Lehman Brothers executives. They were part of a moral code that apparently flowed through the company and were a key part of the way the place worked.
HR Magazine is hosting its People Strategy Forum and opened with a presentation by Martin Tipaldy, HR director for the Metropolitan Police. The industry, he said, is “under the cosh”. And, he continued: “HR is under the cosh,” he said. “We are skilled at being transactional, but are we good at adding value? Businesses can operate without us. HR needs to get away from talking jargonistic nonsense and be seen to have speed and relevancy. We need to be swift, and look swift, to be pragmatists and professionals.”
Strong words, indeed. But just as the economic crisis has forced all sorts of sectors and industries to rethink their frameworks and how they function, it would make sense that HR take a chance to ‘reset’ how they work.
I didn’t make it to the forum but I wonder what sort of reaction he received.