Hello PPMA members and friends,

I have always thought that working in HR gives you a unique insight across the organisation. You have to understand of course the breadth of business issues facing the organisation and the people management challenges that arise as a consequence of those. In HR you are also uniquely placed to look across the organisation and see the range of different responses to these issues, from employees, managers and leaders.

That was the starting point for “From Insight to Action “as my theme for my year as PPMA President. At the heart of this is the principle that none of us knows it all and we need new insights to address the challenges we face in these most difficult of times. These new insights come in many shapes and forms and from all sectors: from all parts of the public sector, from the voluntary sector and from the private sector. The challenge facing us at the beginning of last year was that if we were to be best placed to support our organisations through the challenges of public sector reform and financial cuts, we needed to develop new thinking, new insights, and we needed to turn those into action, fast! And of course, action without insight will never make the difference that needs to be made.

I know that many of you have indeed risen to that challenge and have great stories to tell. Now is your chance to tell us about the difference you have made, through the PPMA Awards 2012.  Follow this link to read how to do that.

The challenges faced by our organisations in the last 12 months have been tough indeed.  But one thing I am sure of is that for HR in the public sector, when the going gets tough the tough get going! I am looking forward to hearing about how you have done that.

Until next week,

Anne