RESEARCH REPORT: If I Knew Then What I Know Now…Reflections of HRDs Internationally


Report of a study by David Clutterbuck Partnership, 2021

In mid 2021, with the help of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK (CIPD), and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), I asked Human Resource Directors for their views on the question What do you know now that you would have benefitted from knowing before you became an HRD? The short survey was also posted via my own extensive Linked In and other social media. The stimulus for the survey was the Aspiring HRD programme, now running for the CIPD for several years, in which senior HR functional heads are linked in a mentoring relationship with highly experienced HRDs. The literature, both academic and lay, on this transition is very thin, so we set out to start to fill the gap and potentially to stimulate further research.


A guide to unleashing the hidden value in your organisation through high impact strategic mentoring programs.

Most human beings and organisations have one thing in common – they both want to do better. But it’s hard for one to achieve without the other. When you can harness both you can achieve great things.

Unfortunately, most organisational structures are hierarchical, which may aid efficiency but not necessarily “real” human interaction.

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