An Interview with Lucy Adams
In your opinion, what area of HR is the next big thing that organisations need to be aware of?
One of the biggest problems for HR is finding new ways of addressing old problems. There has to be new solutions rather than rehashing the same tired processes. In an increasingly disrupted world there are new ideas around changing behaviour which will dramatically impact the way HR is delivered and structured.
Why do you enjoy being a speaker?
Some people hate it, but I’ve always enjoyed public speaking. Inspiring people through a mix of insight, experiences, humour and passion is a great feeling.
What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?
I always find that the people who have the biggest impact on me are those who share what went wrong as well as what went right – real honesty and authenticity – as well as a mix of intelligence and humour. My speeches are always searingly honest, it makes people think and laugh.
What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?
I have delivered change and developed leadership resilience in complex environments for more than 15 years. My audiences will get real life practical examples from the top of some of the biggest and highest profile organisations in the world as well as the theory.
What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Watching Chelsea play at home.
What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?
I want to learn to play the drums and meet Jose Mourhino.
Can you leave us with an inspirational one liner from your speech?
One line which is not my own but from Churchill about leadership resilience… “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”
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