Dec 16, 2020
Kate Thurlwell is a talent
expert with 20+ years of experience in London, Paris and New
With extensive experience in a
variety of industries ranging from stealth blue-chip brands
to culturally rich global agencies to hotfooted start ups, she has
the innate ability to understand people optimisation in most
business landscapes by applying serious EQ and strategic thought
she has a history of transforming a workforce to deliver true
Formerly responsible for running
global talent at The Exposure Group she now leads the charge
as Founder and Director of Little Rising Ltd – a talent consultancy
for the high growth era.
She maintains that a companies’
people are as important as its product and lives by a daily
personal mantra of ”belief precedes reality”.
talks about DLP; Where they are located and what they
tells us more about her business journey, and how she ended up in
“What the hell is HR?” (05:05)
discuss HR being essentially undefined;
people don’t actually know what HR is and have unrealistic
mentions a LinkedIn video he made on the subject.
Tell me a little more about yourself and your experience
with the role of ‘HR talent person’ (08:30)
talks about how HR being the complete opposite of her marketing
she doesn’t really see herself as ‘having the right skill set’ for
HR, she uses her ability to understand the needs of a business to
talks about how PAC is exactly that: the ability to understand and
act in accordance.
What would you say is the biggest drawback being
experienced in the Industry today? (14:15)
level of training
certification isn’t enough; There has to be more ‘on the job’
experience and training
label of ‘HR’ tends to be stifling, often causing an old fashioned
mentality in dealing with people.
What changes do you think are needed, and how should we
go about it? (17:32)
we package and brand HR.
impossible for HR to prove it’s value when people hardly even know
what the role of HR is.
What do you think the future HR looks like without
looks the same as a world with Coronavirus
- Without change, HR will die out.
- Similar to traditional PR with the rise of
needs much more flexibility.
recommends a book called Traction [there are 2 business books by that name btw,
I’m assuming she means the one by Gino Wickman?]
What advice would you give new HR Professionals?
get CIPD qualified, but make sure you get a good range of
to be able to specialise.
- Understand how HR impacts
Bonus Question - What book(s) would you suggest our
audience should read? (30:45)
Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention - by Reed
Hastings, Erin Meyer
- Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and
Responsibility - by Patty McCord
PAC: People, accountability and communication
should be simple, straightforward and logical.
overcomplicate things. It’s HR, not ER.
about being proactive and making change happen.
talks about the Stronger2gether community
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