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  • 5 Minutes With… Lee Morris, and Partnership

    In the latest instalment of our HR executive interview series, we sat down with Lee Morris, Associate Director at and Partnership, to talk about his company, industry opportunities, challenges and careers advice…

    Tell us about your company, products and services.

    Tell us about your company, products and services. We are a leading organisational development consultancy, focused on helping individuals and businesses to be at their best more of the time. Our mission is to grow leaders, develop teams and change organisations.

    We’ve been at this since 2003 and are proud to work with some of the best-known brands and businesses here in the UK and overseas.

    We help organisations change and improve performance, agility and capability through a range of interventions and approaches. We provide coaching, consultancy, facilitation and bespoke training and development in:

    • Management and Leadership
    • Resilience through Change
    • Engaging others for Performance
    • Coaching
    • Talent Management
    • Culture Change

    What have been the biggest challenges the Human Resources industry has faced over the past 12 months?

    In our field, Leadership and Organisational Development, the uncertainty over Brexit has had an impact on client commitment and spending. Corona virus is currently something that must be planned for with contingencies.

    And what have been the biggest opportunities?

    The amount of change in all sectors is astounding. This gives opportunities to help senior leaders, managers and colleagues through this change.

    What is the biggest priority for the Human Resources industry in 2019?

    Health and Wellbeing.

    What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2019?

    Health and Wellbeing, Generational Styles and Learning.

    What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

    I think the coronavirus outbreak will have forced businesses to use online meeting/conferencing technology. This may spark a revolution into how meetings will be held in the future.

    In 2022 we’ll all be talking about…?

    In my opinion, we’ll just still be focusing on compassionate leadership and the fundamentals of good communication – listening, questioning, support and challenge, and ‘professional curiosity’.

    Which person in, or associated with, the Human Resources industry would you most like to meet?

    Richard Branson – “Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. It’s as simple as that.” Very true quote and something I am extremely passionate about.

    What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the Human Resources sector?

    How undervalued the sector can be. In my experience, some of the most talented, passionate and dedicated work in this sector.

    You go to the bar at the London/Manchester HR Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

    For my colleagues, it would be either a G&T, prosecco or single malt whiskey (not all at once). For me, it would be a nice cappuccino!

    What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

    Helping to change engrained company cultures.

    And what’s the most challenging?

    See above! Helping to change engrained company cultures.

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

    Start with the why!

    Baptiste or Game Of Thrones?

    Baptiste. Brilliant series. Excellent acting. Thrilling with lots of twists.

    Why not speak to Lee about how he could help with your organisational and leadership development requirements – call on 07434 258328 or emaillee@andpartnership.com


    Stuart O'Brien

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