It’s the team you build

Patty Azzarello has written what is, in my opinion, one of the best books to help manage your career : Rise – 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life. She also authors a great blog which I regularly quote in Share the Knowledge, my roundup of…

Lunch and Learn – ideas for your Compensation team

We all know we should continually grow our knowledge. Learning new skills helps us  reach better results at work, gives us confidence in our decision-making abilities, and maintains our value in the marketplace. One of the ways to do that is to use internal resources and increase proficiency for free. Many US companies organise “Lunch…

3 reasons why C&B needs project management skills

You need Project Management skills if you want to achieve success in Compensation & Benefits. 1 – Compensation professionals are always managing projects Some parts of HR have projects to manage on a regular basis, such as in Learning & Development for example. I believe however that C&B is the area of HR with the…

The value of post-mortem analysis for Compensation projects

A practice has helped me a lot in my career : to perform a post-mortem at the end of a project. You may call it a recap, wrap-up or a review. Post-mortems are common in the software engineering industry. Well, after all I worked for both Microsoft and Apple – I had to learn something…

How to be a Compensation leader – even without a title

Robin Sharma was in Abu Dhabi recently and I attended his seminar “Lead without a title” with my team… and a few hundred more people. Robin is the author of  The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title among other best-sellers, and delivered an interesting performance on (self ) empowerment…

Four women’s influence on my career

Today is International Women’s Day and I want to take this opportunity to reflect upon a few women that have influenced my professional life. Many, many years ago I did an HR internship at French car manufacturer Renault. The company was very advanced in terms of HR practices, being studied in all business schools like…

A few career and life lessons from my last job in Italy

5 years ago I was in Italy for my third job in that country in less than 10 years. I love Italy, and really enjoyed Turin. It’s a great city with beautiful architecture, nice, contrasted weather with cold winters (after all they held Winter Olympics there in 2006) and hot summers. The food is great,…