Emily Allen

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Emily Allen

Product Manager - HR & L&D

Emily joined MOL in 2016 and has been working for the LTE Group since 2014. After graduating with a BA in Anthropology, Emily went on to study her Level 7 CIPD Advanced Diploma and MA in Strategic Human resource Management. Emily enjoyed a HR career for 10 years in a variety of industries, and is now Product Manager for the suite of CIPD and HR products in MOL.

Why Organisational Development is the strategic future of HR

The CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition always delivers with innovative, inspirational and thought-provoking speakers and workshops – and this year’s event was no exception with the quality of content we have come to expect and, I personally, really look forward to.

Organisational Development pioneer and author Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge delivered an absolutely stimulating talk on day one. It was great to hear her reinforce the message that we emphasise with our learners; business orientation and the concept of HR practitioners having a robust awareness of the strategic context in order to be a ‘desirable commodity’.  She provided a stimulating conversation around the importance of systems thinking, the dynamics of the ‘human cloud’ and shared with us the six megatrends affecting organisations:

  • Unpredictable complexity of the macro environment
  • Increasing global resource scarcity
  • Growth of IT
  • Consumer rights and transparency
  • Impact of endemic population movement
  • Demographic shifts

What was also fascinating was Dr Cheung-Judge’s insight into where we as practitioners fit with this and the discussion on the concept of ‘self’; ‘Don’t let the little me take over, develop self-awareness, own every word you say’ and ‘Use self as an instrument…then you can’t blame your tools’. A refreshing call to action to remind us of the importance of our role and accountability in treasuring our most important asset, our human capital.