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Forward-thinking attitude 'fundamental to business'

At the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's HR Analytics conference this week, the head of KPMG's Global HR Transformation Centre of Excellence Robert Bolton urged HR staff to look to the future rather than focus on mistakes of the past.

While he recognised the importance of learning from past experience - whether mistakes or success stories - Mr Bolton went on to say that HR should use historical trends to work out what companies will need in the future and work to help solve those problems before the situations present themselves.

This progressive attitude towards business is fundamental to all roles, not just HR positions, as many industries nowadays are advancing - due to technology, connectivity and competition, for example - at a far quicker pace than in the past.

It could be argued that people in sales jobs may need to adopt this forward-thinking attitude more than others as the industry is so reliant on staying afoot of what the consumer wants or needs. If this can be predicted in advance, this may keep those in such positions consistently one step ahead of their rivals.

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22/03/2013