The core of the Profession Map is the foundation of great HR capability regardless of role, location or stage of career: fundamental to CIPD's view of great HR in the Map is that without this core or professional foundation, HR will always speak at the 'technician' level.

How do I ensure that my role as a practitioner is contributing sustainable organisational performance?

This professional area underpins the direction of the profession as an applied business discipline with a people and organisation specialism.

HR can only deliver on its purpose of sustainable organisation performance if it works from a deep business, contextual and organisational understanding to develop actionable insight.

This understanding – and resulting insights – allows us to create prioritised and situational HR strategies that make the most difference and build a compelling case for change.

  • Building a picture
  • Developing actionable insight
  • Delivering situational HR solutions that stick
  • Building capacity and capability
  • Working with agility

How do I lead myself, others and activities to ensure I am contributing to sustainable organisation performance?

Great professionals are active, insight-led leaders – owning, shaping and driving, not just observing or facilitating. They develop across 3 main areas of leadership - personal leadership, leading others and leading issues.

  • Personal leadership
  • Leading others
  • HR function design and service delivery
  • HR resource planning and delivery
  • Delivering value and performance in HR teams
  • Managing HR budgets and finances
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