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Emma del Torto’s 10-Year Entrepreneurial Journey With Effective HRM

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Emma Del Torto, Managing Director of the very successful HR consultancy based in Wales in the UK, Effective HRM.

Emma del Torto on the A Better HR Business Podcast

Originally from London, Emma moved to Wales to attend law school at Cardiff University in 1993 before qualifying as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in employment law. She also holds a Master’s degree in employment law.

With over 20 years’ experience in employment law and HR, Emma established Effective HRM in 2011 with a mission of becoming the UK’s most cost-effective, personable and valuable HR service. 10 years on, she still feels passionately about her vision of creating a nation full of positive, proactive and empowered employers.

Straight talking, pragmatic and a great team player, Emma focusses on delivering expert legal advice, combined with the preventative good practice of HR management and commercial realism. She’s particularly talented at getting to grips with complex issues quickly and resolving problems with a collaborative and solution focussed approach.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Emma and I talked about:

  • [00:01:38] – Emma’s background.
  • [00:02:26] – Why did Emma start Effective HRM all those (10) years ago?
  • [00:05:14] – The book that changed the game for Emma.
  • [00:08:43] – A brilliant way for any consultant to get started (with thanks to Emma’s former employer)
  • [00:11:57] – Celebrating 10 years in business & the types of clients.
  • [00:13:41] – Emma’s mission to make herself redundant at every stage.
  • [00:16:35] – What is Emma’s role as Managing Director?
  • [00:17:52] – Effect HRM buys another consultancy.
  • [00:19:37] – Effective HRM’s different products & service offerings.
  • [00:21:47] – The classic staff handbook service.
  • [00:23:18] – Additional service offerings after an employee handbook.
  • [00:24:05] – Going remote for HR consulting services.
  • [00:25:21] – The importance of retainer clients.
  • [00:26:29] – With this, you don’t have a business to sell.
  • [00:27:30] – Want to sell your HR consultancy? (NOTE: Emma is looking for more HR businesses to buy).
  • [00:27:39] – Structuring retainers and agreements (including a possible difference between men and women).
  • [00:30:11] – Emma’s advice on acquiring new clients and growing a successful HR business.
  • [00:32:12] – What does the future hold for HR and the world of work?
  • [00:33:17] – HR should aim for a seat on the Board
  • [00:34:03] – Looking back, the advice Emma would give herself when first starting her business.
  • And much more.

Books mentioned:

  • John Warrilow – Built To Sell
  • Michael Gerber – The E-Myth
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How To Get An HR Side Job As A Human Resources Professional [10 HR Side Gig Ideas]

Ever since I started my HR business marketing blog, and particularly since I started my podcast for HR companies, I’ve been contacted by many full-time employees asking me how to get an HR side job as a Human Resources professional.

In my time, I have done the various HR side hustles myself and helped others set up their side HR projects.

I’ll show you ten HR side jobs and HR side gig ideas further down in this article.

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Growing A Career Coaching Business For HR Professionals – With Jane Ferré

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Jane Ferré, a highly successful career coach for senior in-house HR professionals.

Jane is growing a career coaching business for senior HR professionals who’ve outgrown their current role and want to secure their dream role in their dream company with a dream package in less than six months.

Jane Ferre on growing a career coaching business

Before setting up her own coaching practice she had a 20+ year career in senior HR roles such as HR Business Partner, Head of Leadership Development and Head of Talent at British Airways before joining LEON Restaurants as their very first Head of Training.

All of this means that Jane has been active in the job market in recent years. She understands exactly how much effort you need to put into each job application and how frustrating it can be when you get ghosted after an interview. She has also been on the other side of the recruitment table, so knows exactly what recruiting managers are looking for.

I asked Jane:

  • Tell us a little about your background and how you got into consulting?
  • What consulting do you do? How do you help your clients?
  • How do you structure your coaching services and programs?
  • How was the transition from the corporate world to starting your own company?
  • How did you get your first few clients? What are your main marketing channels for getting new clients now?
  • What do you see coming down the road for HR and the world of work and how should listeners get prepared for these changes?

Bonus Resource: Check out my money mindset video interview with Stephen Bates.

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Is Your HR Business Positioning Losing You New Clients? Here’s How To Fix It

Normally, on the A Better HR Business show, I conduct interviews with business leaders from across the Human Resources industry but I’m flying solo today because I’ve been getting so many emails and LinkedIn messages over the past few months from consultancies and agencies in the HR industry and the vast majority of them have been about how they’re struggling to find new clients in these difficult times.

Ben

There are many different reasons why a business in the HR industry may struggle to find new clients but today I want to take a quick look at what may be the biggest reason that you’re struggling to win more work:

Is your HR business positioning losing you new clients?

(As always, when I say the HR industry, I mean all the areas such as recruitment, learning & development, employee engagement, HR compliance, and so on).

Bonus Resource: Check out my money mindset video interview with Stephen Bates.

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Growing Veza Global (A Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy & Tech Company)

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Manpreet Dhillon, CEO of Veza Global which is a Vancouver-based consultancy that leverages diversity to create inclusive organizations.

Manpreet Dhillon, who ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, started Veza Global to create authentic, human-centered consulting services and leadership training through a lens of equity for race, culture, gender, and diverse abilities.

We discussed:

  • What does your business do and for whom?
  • What makes a good vs great HR business?
  • What’s your advice when it comes to growing a successful D&I/HR business?
  • What does the future hold for the D&I/HR industry?

Our conversation took a very interesting detour into something that set Manpreet’s business racing ahead after a slow start: money mindset.

Side note: Check out my money mindset video interview with Stephen Bates.

Resources mentioned include:

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Growing An HR Consultancy In The Insurance Broking and Financial Services Industry

Alison Clegg on A Better HR Business podcast

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Alison Clegg, Founding Director of Highridge HR.

Highridge HR specialises in the small-medium insurance broking and financial services industry.

Highridge HR

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How To Have An Amazing 2021 For Your HR Industry Business [Free Workbook]

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by the irrepressible Mandy Withers, Founder of Talk HR Solutions and the Talk HR Club (and my partner-in-crime for the upcoming HR Consultant Bootcamp) to talk about how to have an amazing 2021.

Mandy has kindly put together a workbook to help you to make it happen…

Learn more about the HR Consultant Bootcamp.

Mandy and Ben

To download the workbook for an amazing 2021, click here.

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Before we begin, if you want some help getting more clients, check out my thought leadership, inbound marketing, and business growth services for companies in the HR sector.

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Interview With Professor Peter Saville of SHL, Saville Assessment, and 10x Psychology

I was thrilled to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Professor Peter Saville of SHL, Saville Assessment, and 10x Psychology so we could discuss his life and many business successes.

You can enjoy this interview in video and audio formats.

Peter Saville is arguably the best known, most successful, and highly acclaimed Psychologist within the Business Psychology Profession.

“As a skilled psychometrician and visionary leader, Peter Saville has made a significant impact on professional psychology in the UK and beyond. The widespread use of his tests by major companies and public bodies is testament to his remarkable ideas.”

The British Psychological Society

With a usage of some 50 million of his measures of ability, personality, motivation and talent annually, Peter has been described as “One of the most influential Psychologists of our time”.

Peter founded SHL in 1977 where he developed the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) and the first commercial Big 5 Personality measure.

Peter_Saville_and_Ben

Peter floated SHL on the main London stock exchange in 1997 for £240 million.

In 1999 Peter was cited as the only Occupational Psychologist in the list of Britain’s Top Ten Psychologists.

In 2001 Peter’s portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery, London, after being presented with the British Psychology Society Centenary Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.

Peter went on to found Saville Consulting (now Saville Assessment), where he developed the Saville Wave questionnaire. The company was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2015 for £43 million.

Already a Fellow, in 2012 Peter received the highest BPS award, Honorary Fellowship, in recognition of his work in “Flying the flag for Britain for objective assessment” and “Creating the global gold standard for psychometric tests”.

In 2014, Peter was awarded Academic Fellowship of the CIPD, their highest honour.

Peter has written over 200 publications and spoken in over 60 countries worldwide.

Peter was Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast and is currently Professor of Leadership Studies at Kingston University, London.

His memoirs ‘Testing Times: Psychologist at Work’ will be published in 2020.

Before we get started . . .

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[Partnership Opportunity For Consultants] Employee Performance Software Company – Ostendi

The world of work has changed so much in recent times so I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Michał Krzewiński from Ostendi.

Ostendi is an employee performance software company that’s expanding beyond its base in Poland. It is looking for consultants as partners in other countries. 

I spoke with Michał about what Ostendi does, who it helps, and how the team is growing the business.

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Before we begin, if you want some help getting more clients, check out my thought leadership, inbound marketing, and business growth services for companies in the HR sector.

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Growing A Successful Recruitment Agency [Panel Discussion Featuring Two Successful Recruitment Business Owners]

Something special for you today: a panel discussion with two highly successful recruitment business leaders.

I was thrilled to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by:

We discussed:

  1. What does your business do and for who do you help?
  2. What makes a good vs great recruitment business?
  3. What’s your advice when it comes to growing a successful recruitment/HR business?
  4. What does the future hold for the recruitment/talent acquisition space?

If you’re working hard to grow a recruitment agency (or any HR-related business, for that matter), you should definitely pause and have a listen to this fascinating discussion.

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If you want some help getting more clients, check out my thought leadership, inbound marketing, and business growth services for companies in the HR sector.

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Growing An HR Consultancy In New York – With Penny Morgan of Care Free HR Solutions

Penny Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Care Free HR Solutions and she helps organizations leverage HR technology to increase process efficiencies throughout the entire employee life cycle and to move HR from a tactical to a strategic business partner.

I was thrilled to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Penny so I could ask her:

  1. Tell us a little about your background and how you got into consulting?
  2. What consulting do you do? How do you help your clients?
  3. How was the transition from the corporate world to starting your own company? Was it scary?
  4. How did you get your first few clients? What are your main marketing channels for getting new clients now?
  5. You attended the HR Consultant Bootcamp. Did you find it helpful? Would you recommend it to others?
  6. What do you see coming down the road for HR and the world of work and how should listeners get prepared for these changes?

If you’d like to contact Penny, you can reach out to her on LinkedIn here or visit her website: www.carefreehrsolutions.com.

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If you want some help getting more clients, check out my thought leadership, inbound marketing, and business growth services for companies in the HR sector.

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Growing A Successful Recruitment Agency [Panel Discussion Featuring Four Successful Recruitment Business Owners]

Something special for you today: a panel discussion with four highly successful recruitment business leaders.

I was thrilled to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by:

  • Charles Draper – Group Managing Director of the Sure Group (A one-stop-shop solution for businesses that have an ongoing demand for Recruitment and Logistics requirements).
  • Ian Simkins – Managing Director of Silven Recruitment (Food & drink recruitment experts).
  • Kelly Tucker – Managing Director of HR Star (HR & recruitment experts).
  • Martin Jones – Managing Partner of KnownFour (Technology & Finance recruitment experts).

We discussed:

  1. What does your business do and for who do you help?
  2. What makes a good vs great recruitment business?
  3. What’s your advice when it comes to growing a successful recruitment/HR business?
  4. What does the future hold for the recruitment/talent acquisition space?

If you’re working hard to grow a recruitment agency (or any HR-related business, for that matter), you should definitely pause and have a listen to this fascinating discussion.

Want Some Help?

If you want some help getting more clients, check out my thought leadership, inbound marketing, and business growth services for companies in the HR sector.

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Growing A Project Management & Administration Business With An HR Focus In The Performing Arts Industry

Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker recently stepped-up her HR consulting business to the next level and I really love the way she’s gone about it.

Rachel helps leaders in the performing arts to successfully manage their people and create better organisations.

During the course of our discussion, I asked Rachel:

  • Tell us a little about your background and led you to launch your own consulting business? How did it feel?
  • What consulting kind of consulting services do you provide and to whom?
  • Most people who are employed in some sort of HR-related role, when they decide to start their own consultancy they go very broad and very generic. I love the fact that you’ve decided to focus on a particular niche. Why did you choose a narrow area and was it a big or scary decision?
  • What’s your advice to other consultants who are trying to find their niche or focus point?
  • What are your plans for getting new clients?
  • What do you see coming down the road for HR and the world of work and how should listeners get prepared for these changes?
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Growing A Redundancy Process Coaching Business – with Jamie Getgood

As you know, we’re going through some very challenging times. People are being laid off around the world without warning and, in many cases, without any support.

Jamie Getgood

Downsizing, retrenchment, call it what you will – the whole area of redundacy is fraught with danger and painful emotion.

However, it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom. My recent podcast guest, Jamie Getgood, has helped build strategies that have revolutionised and streamlined the redundancy process.

These strategies help protect the company from legal fallout, protect the brand from negative press, engage and support leaders and, best of all, the strategies help the people involved. These are people with families, children, mortgages and bills who need to transition through this difficult process.

Jamie helped General Motors Holden, one of Australia’s largest car manufacturers, through closure of its operations in Australia and he was a leading voice in the closure of the whole industry.

Jamie has also won several awards for his service and we discussed:

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45 Ways To Make Your HR Consulting Business More Profitable

The coronavirus has put huge pressure on businesses in the Human Resources industry such as recruitment firms, employee engagement firms, and others.

Ben

Today I’m sharing an extensive list of 45 ideas to help make your HR consulting business more profitable.

Thanks to all the successful consultants from the HR industry who have shared their many excellent ideas, suggestions, and pieces of practical advice.

How To Run A Profitable Consultancy In The HR Industry [4 Categories]

To keep things organised, the profitable HR consultancy tips are divided into four broad categories:

  1. Financial Management
  2. Sales & Marketing
  3. Service Delivery
  4. Your People
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