Henry F Pens
Jenny worked for me, the CEO of Fuji Xerox Australia, for 5 years as the GM of HR. During that time she made a major contribution to changing and developing the culture of our Company. She achieved this by working very closely with our Executive Team and implementing a complete HR strategy that required the total involvement and commitment of the management team.
The legacy that Jenny left was a complete HR framework and series of training modules that could be delivered throughout the organisation on a decentralised basis. As a consequence there is no question that during her time with FXA we saw a complete transition to a performance and people based organisation that was clearly reflected in our market place and financial performance.
Her most valuable attributes were knowledge and personality based. Not only was she a highly experience and successful HR professional but she had an extremely powerful and determined personality. She was always prepared to express strong views to both myself and my management team on all aspects of their leadership and management styles – even if her views were not necessarily well received in the first instance! Very rarely did her views turn out to be ill founded and in most, if not all cases, management were prepared to listen and to implement her recommendations with enthusiasm – and success. As a consequence her contribution was truly tranformational.
Jenny is one of the few people, in my experience, who is able to make a very significant difference to an organisation in a short time frame changing managers into leaders and employees into fully contributing members of the team. In any Jenny Brice organisation the “whole” will very quickly become greater that the “sum of the parts”. I could not imagine any HR Manager making a bigger contribution to the performance of a small or large organisation.
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‘Jenny worked with me as General Manager Human Resources on two executive teams over a five year period. It was a period of significant restructure, which included significant downsizing expansion and growth. Jenny’s ability to influence the executive team to invest significantly in a comprehensive HR strategy played a major part in the successful transition of the business.
Jenny was instrumental in the development of a series of training programs, including leadership development for various levels of management, resulting in a shift in management style from a focus on managing towards coaching and mentoring. Our aim was to convert the knowledge of our people into productive skills.
Jenny in her leadership development has the unique ability to get managers and executives to recognise the impact of their actions and behaviour on the people around them and encourage them to modify or reinforce their behaviour towards a more productive outcome.
Few managers and executives would not benefit from spending time with her reviewing their leadership style.
Henry F Pens CEO CSR Timber Products – Retired’