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Change Management - is it an art or a science?

Change Management -art vs science Change Management, is it an art or a science? That is the question that often confronts in the early stages of an organisational change management project. It's a question that I have never been able to answer definitively.  Those practitioners who have spent years immersed in complex methodologies based on behavioural psychology principles are able to sustain a…


Added by David Guazzarotto on August 16, 2011 at 11:01 — 3 Comments

Achieving Organizational Alignment – Getting all employees to move in the right direction

Achieving organizational alignment is a strategic HR activity that can deliver significant benefits to an organization. Alignment is more than ideal state. It is imperative to ensure the organization is successful in getting all employees to move into the same direction, to achieve the vision of the organization.

Alignment is one of the power words in an organizational change consultant’s toolkit. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t use or refer to alignment.

Some years ago, I…


Added by Charles van Heerden on August 15, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Connecting People: "HR By Walking Around"



A few recent conversations with our company’s receptionist have reminded me of two things: 1 – HR’s unique opportunity to bring people and resources together; and 2 – It is often the “little” conversations that spark the true “eureka” moments and help people and resources connect in meaningful ways.


Playwright … Parent … Receptionist

In chatting with our receptionist, Carla, over the past year, I’ve gotten to know her from a variety…


Added by Michael Brisciana on August 15, 2011 at 10:14 — 5 Comments

Personality & Psychometric Testing or Horoscopes

There are a lot of silly tests on the market which label people, many of which aren’t validated scientifically (no matter what the publishers say) but are nonetheless used to “explain away” behaviour. (“What can you expect from a ‘high Z’ Symbolic Symbolic with OKNL tendencies?”) I mean, really, why not just resort to horoscopes?

Annie Murphy Paul’s book, The Cult of Personality, demonstrates why most commonly used behavioural assessment and personality “profiling”…


Added by Ric Willmot on August 15, 2011 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Ric Willmot's Weekly Wisdom No.78: The value of improved thinking

Lousy thinking produces less than lousy results.

Average thinking produces no results.

Good thinking produces average results.

Powerfully good thinking produces wonderful… Continue

Added by Ric Willmot on August 15, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Cheating on Psych Tests

I’m getting a bit sick of hearing people talking about cheating on psych tests. All over the internet, from chat rooms to websites to blogs and legitimate news and journal articles, people are sharing stories about how they have “cleverly” worked out that they can cheat on personality tests.

Well “duh”! Most people these days have a pretty good general idea of pop psychology, and what it means in general to be an “extrovert” and an “introvert”. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t…


Added by Lynette Jensen on August 12, 2011 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Your 'Feel Good Friday' from Balance at Work

Could your dog do…


Added by Susan Rochester on August 12, 2011 at 11:41 — No Comments

Ric Willmot’s Friday Redux No.3: Allow time to notice

An architect designed and built a collection of office buildings surrounding a central green. When the construction was concluded, the landscape contractors asked where the sidewalk paths were to be laid.


“Just lay out and plant the grass solidly between all buildings.”


At the end of the first summer season the new lawn was tracked with trodden trails between the buildings. These trails twisted in easy curves and were sized appropriately according to the…


Added by Ric Willmot on August 12, 2011 at 10:17 — No Comments

Unconscious bias and the merit myth

You are what you measure, what gets measured gets done….’If we want to change what CEOs care about, we should change what we measure’ (Dan Ariely, HBR 2009). Familiar mantras in management, until we get to the representation of women, and then suddenly, measurement is a dirty word.


Why? Why is it that mention of quotas has everyone running to the hills? In one recent US study, only 25% of women and 1% of men supported diversity quotas.


And judging from the…


Added by Karen Morley on August 12, 2011 at 9:46 — No Comments

Is your business thinking dead or alive?

There was a curious plague which beset a primitive village centuries ago. When afflicted, the victims fell into a coma so deep that they were mistaken for being dead. And, within 24-48 hours they did in fact ultimately die.


The issue was that these primitive villagers were unable to positively determine if a victim was actually in a coma and alive, or in fact already deceased. Of course, it had to happen that someone ended up being buried alive. After discovering this tragic…


Added by Ric Willmot on August 11, 2011 at 16:34 — No Comments

Quit while you’re ahead…10 tips for going out on top

4 weeks ago, I made a BIG decision. I decided to leave my job. 10 years after founding Entrée Recruitment and leading the company to it’s most successful year on record, I felt it was time …. and what better time to do it than when the business is at its peak? My decision has been met with…


Added by Nicole Underwood on August 11, 2011 at 11:13 — No Comments

HR Outsourcing - Recruitment is most likely to be outsourced


It has been found that recruitment is the most likely HR function to be

outsourced, with 71% of respondents reporting so in the Talent2 APAC Market Pulse Study, which surveyed nearly 600 HR executives across Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. This means that more and more businesses are beginning to see the benefits involved with recruitment… Continue

Added by Peter Orthmann Hansen on August 11, 2011 at 9:54 — No Comments

Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates LinkedIn: Online Citizenship

Most of us in business or other organisations belong to LinkedIn, and many of us participate in discussion groups related to our fields and areas of specialisation and interest. Furthermore, marketing and promotions professionals these days tell us that it is extremely important to have an online presence and profile, and though there…


Added by Lynette Jensen on August 10, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments


Last week I wrote about listening and asking the right questions is the key to solving many of the issues in the workplace (and more broadly, life!).   I made the point that the counter point to employee engagement surveys not working (as suggested in the article from People Management) is to ask the right questions and then listen to the answers (rather than get too caught up in process, surveys etc).

Hot on the heels of that post, I read an interesting white paper (Chandler and…


Added by Tammy Tansley on August 10, 2011 at 12:09 — 14 Comments

What an Olympic Rower can teach us about employee attachment

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of speaking to Bo Hanson. Bo is a former Olympic athlete who represented Australia in rowing for 13 years. In 1992 he became the youngest-ever Olympian rowing for Australia and won bronze medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Bo now runs Athlete Assessments and Team 8. His team at Athlete Assessments work with sporting…


Added by Anthony Sork on August 10, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Top 5 Critical Skills in Shortfall (Banking and Finance)

The Kelly Skills at Work 2010 study uncovered a serious skills shortage in the Banking and Finance Sector in the Asia Pacific region.

The five skills most in demand are also those considered most critical for mid to senior level managers across all industries.…


Added by Susan Rochester on August 10, 2011 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Bush Walkers live the dream at Spicers Canopy

Talk about a dream job – bush walking, breathing in the fresh air and getting paid for the privilege. Employment Office recently filled unique roles for casual bush walking guides at Australia’s newest luxury getaway, Spicers Canopy, an…


Added by Peter Orthmann Hansen on August 9, 2011 at 18:08 — No Comments

Career Websites: Satisfying Recruitment Demands

A careers website is a flagship tool in recruitment marketing, a dedicated page on your company website where potential employees can find out about career opportunities in your organisation. What a career website provides is an effective way to engage with potential employees, as well as creating…


Added by Peter Orthmann Hansen on August 9, 2011 at 17:38 — No Comments

Is your thinking in the dogma house?

Greek philosopher and mathematician, Plato, dictated that the circle was the perfect form for celestial movement. So, then for the next one-and-a-half millennia, astronomers said that the planetary orbits were circular even though their observational data suggested otherwise.

Even Copernicus utilised circles in his heliocentric model, explaining the universe and its relationship to the planets. Finally, it was the German mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler who described the…


Added by Ric Willmot on August 9, 2011 at 10:08 — No Comments

Getting to grips with unconscious bias

There is an increasing awareness in organisations that unconscious bias impacts decisions relating to men and women and that this is an important area for change, but less is known about what unconscious bias actually is, how it works and what it takes to change it.


Gender and racial bias have gone somewhat underground in recent times, as people have become increasingly aware that it is not socially acceptable to admit to prejudice nor to discriminate.  That however doesn’t…


Added by Karen Morley on August 8, 2011 at 12:28 — 2 Comments

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