Everyday People

Michelle Raymond

Michelle Raymond_Profile Pix3 Golden minutes with Michelle Raymond, Founder and Director of The People’s Partner Ltd

Hello Michelle! I hear you’ve been doing exploits in the field of Human Resources…

So, what’s the name of your organisation?

The People’s Partner Ltd

Please describe it to our readers

The People’s Partner is Human Resources(HR) consultancy. We provide HR support, employment law advice, and mediation services, to small and medium-sized businesses. Our services ranges from writing and reviewing contracts of employment, to managing and advising on redundancies. Our focus is to maintain the working equilibrium of an organisation and its employees, to this end we advise on employee relation issues like disciplinary, grievances, discrimination, bullying and harassment, equal opportunities, and talent management. Also, workplace mediation, career management, and outplacement forms key features of our business.

Wow! I now see why you’ve not been able to attend any of our events to date. How long has it been in operation?

We are pretty new. The People’s Partner was formed in February 2014, but previous to that I was offering my services to a few clients. In February the name was registered and that’s when the real hard work and adventure began.

What inspired you to step out?

We all have gifts and talents. It could be painting, dancing, being good with figures, or even singing. I’m good with people and employment law, so I feel really privileged to be able to use these gifts in helping people and small and medium-sized businesses. Especially businesses that cannot afford to hire a full-time HR staff. They now benefit from a consultant that understands their vision, needs, potentials; with the knowledge to keep them on the right side of law.

Tell us three things/areas you pride your organisation with?

  • We are bespoke.
  • We are genuine.
  • We are great value for money.

What has been your greatest challenge or challenges so far?

Winning business!! Everyone wants your service for free, and yes I do sometimes give my advice, support and expertise for free, especially when I hear stories of employees that have been mistreated or unfairly treated. Also, keeping the social media drive on full throttle can be challenging. Tasks like maintaining, updating – keeping the fire burning! But no matter how late I have to stay up writing a policy, or re-wording a consultation/proposal, or editing CVs; it’s a job that I love, so I do it with a smile.

I love that! What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting up?

  • Before going it alone, you need to be honest with yourself. Do you have the willpower, determination and drive to do this?
  • Can you manage your time knowing that the social life, the eating out, the television watching will have to be put on hold because of your assignment?
  • Your biggest question should be WHY?
    • Why are you doing this?
    • Why do you choose to forgo sleep and put in the hours into your business?
  • If your WHY is big enough, you’ll achieve your dreams.

What are your plans for the next 3 years?

  • Leave my current employment and work on The People’s Partner on a full-time basis
  • Employ two members of staff to assist with consultancy
  • Win a contract with an umbrella company to do all the HR for their organisations

Great! Thanks for your time.

Friends, for further information about Michelle Raymond and The People’s Partner:

Web address:

Email address:,uk

Social media contacts:

Mobile: 07956 417479, Office Address: Suite 1, 226 Court Farm Road, London SE9 4JZ

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Spiritual Intelligence: Recruitment, Selection And Election

So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?”

Good morning friends. The gift of Freewill can be viewed as a blessing or a curse to humankind, depending on the lens of ones observation, and the context in focus.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at the passage we have just read. Here we see that Saul was given clear instructions for the campaign against the Amalekites. This mission was not a pre-emptive or defensive strike, but an offensive one based on previous actions of the Amalekites as outlined through God’s agent in these words;

I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt

So, we see their actions (based on freewill), which ultimately led to God’s judgement. The agent for God’s punishment was the armies of Israel through the leadership of King Saul – and here lies the conundrum dear friends. God is the ultimate judge of all actions; by Him all actions are weighed. He does not control man’s action, He sees the motives behind every action. But He needs people to carry out his plan on earth; He needs people to do His will, and execute His purpose.

Sadly Saul’s actions like Achan’s in the days of Joshua was motivated by pride and greed. He chose to do it his way, with a view to fit God in somehow. His plan was to show off king Agag, enrich himself and some of his soldiers, and give a little sacrifice (perhaps a tithe) to appease God. But friends, God cannot be bribed, flattered or seduced; its either His way, or no way. Saul had made shipwreck of his ministry, he had to be replaced.

In closing, let’s hear the verdict of God concerning the action of the man he entrusted to do His will;

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king

God is always recruiting. His campaigns are for two distinct purpose; to either replace or to succeed. In this case, David was recruited as a replacement and not a successor.


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Succession Planning

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Wow… Very wise words from a mentor. With that as backdrop, let’s look at some important lessons for effective succession planning.

  1. Discipleship: Pass on what you know to reliable and qualified people, so they can teach others. This can be achieved through high impact training, coaching and mentoring.
  2. Apprenticeship: Join me. Apprenticeship is Work-based learning. In other-words you learn by doing. In an apprenticeship, you train the apprentice on and off the job. They are also to be assessed on and off the job for competencies.
  3. Effective Communication: Communicate effectively in very simple terms, and keep reminding your followers of the goals and objectives. Use all forms of media and channels to stimulate the interest of the stakeholders.
  4. Reflection: Reflection gives depth and dimension into a matter. It provides insight and illumination which stirs the reflector into action, or in some cases; change or review a proposal. It is also imperative that we imbibe a reflective culture within our organisations. Allow people to reflect and learn from their mistakes.
  5. Faithfulness: Please your commanding officer. In pleasing God, you inspire others to do likewise. If you are not a good follower, you can’t be a good leader. True leaders have a servant’s heart.
  6. Recognition and Reward: The Victor’s Crown. True leaders are not insecure; they recognise and reward hard work, faithfulness, skills and talents.
  7. Recruitment: Entrust. Seek out and reach to potential successors, and start this process early.
  8. Prayers: Most importantly, pray as Jesus did. Pray that they grow in grace, pray that the enemy does not derail their destiny.

In the words of The Rabbi on this very important subject;

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’


~ Sabali