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Benefits of Mindfulness Training for Busy Business Minds

If you were part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra you would not dream of using your instrument without tuning it first yet. The mind is our instrument of running our life yet most of us don’t spend even a moment of our life tuning it.

Mindfulness works. The science of neuroplasticity explains how we can refine the habitual patterns of the mind to improve function and abilities through a deliberate and regular…

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Added by Paul von Bergen on April 11, 2013 at 17:56 — No Comments

Why you Should Make Discretionary Effort Mandatory

“Discretionary effort is like loose change in a person’s pocket. It is management’s job to get them to…

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Added by Mark Robinson on April 11, 2013 at 11:40 — No Comments

Lead Yourself: The Choice Which Transforms

The subject of Happiness and work has never been as prominent as it is now.  The United Nations has marked the importance of Happiness by declaring an International Day of Happiness which will happen every March 20th.  The first one was this year.   Becoming happy actually is a practical process, one which great leaders not only harness for themselves, but love to share with their employees.  The following describes how I came about this discovery and put it into practice

Yesterday, I…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on April 10, 2013 at 22:10 — No Comments

What's the most important leadership question you can ask?

Put the 'Why?' before the 'How?'

In an increasingly complex and competitive world, success belongs to those organisations with a clearly articulated and shared purpose.

If we think of our organisation as a dress shop what would be its purpose? Are we here to sell clothes? Are we running a supply chain? Or are we delivering a return to shareholders? All these things are essential but they…

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Added by Geoff Aigner on April 10, 2013 at 17:59 — No Comments

What's the most important leadership question you can ask?

Put the 'Why?' before the 'How?'

In an increasingly complex and competive world, success belongs to those organisations with a clearly articulated and shared purpose.

If we think of our organisation as a dress shop what would be its purpose? Are we here to sell clothes? Are we running a supply chain? Or are we delivering a return to shareholders? All these things are essential but they…

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Added by Rachael Vincent on April 10, 2013 at 11:59 — No Comments

Giddy up ... it’s appraisal time! 3 questions to avoid the annual whipping

Performance reviews….is it that time of year again…..already? Why is it that something that should be an effective tool to motivate your team often turns into that annoying form that you have to fill out once a year?

Last week I conducted a workshop with a leadership team of a global pharmaceutical company on how to conduct an…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on April 8, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

What Enlightened Leaders Practice For Success

Leaders are faced with a myriad of challenges, both from juggling many projects and dealing with the many different personality traits of their people.  In order to be open and alert to devising winning solutions to problems and blockages, there is one enduring practice which sorts out the great from the good.  This week’s article looks at this practice and how leaders apply it in the workplace. 

There is no one formula to being a successful leader.  Many would argue that great…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on April 5, 2013 at 0:24 — No Comments

Are you ensuring that your feedback is being heard?

Giving effective feedback to an underperforming team member is a key skill for any manager and yet it is still frequently misunderstood.  The latest research in neuroscience is shedding some light on how we can improve the impact of our feedback and turn performance around.

Feedback is very similar to motivation in that it is very individual.   Some people like their feedback frank and to the point others need a more encouraging approach or else they will become overwhelmed with a…

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Added by David Klaasen on April 4, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Social Networking: But I thought it was my private life!!!

Social Networking has become ubiquitous. From Twitter and Facebook to Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Youtube, there is a social network to suit just about any demand or interest. Every minute of every day people are out there…

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Added by Melissa Binks on April 3, 2013 at 15:48 — No Comments

Are you Prepared for the Super Contribution Increase?

Superannuation is a crucial part of an employee’s benefits package and is heavily regulated, so when changes are proposed to superannuation legislation, employers need to be fully educated and prepared. In 2012, the Federal Government announced a potential increase in employers’ obligatory super contributions, with  this legislation set come into effect on July 1st of this year. This is just one part of the “Stronger Super” reform and whilst it may be daunting for employers, July is fast…

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Added by Ben Thompson on April 3, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

People don't leave companies. They leave leaders!

I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (OK, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that’s another blog!)

Mostly, my natural reaction has always been a human one I suppose. “What possible reason would they have to do that?” or “What’s wrong with them?” or even, “She must be leaving for money. The fool!”

But I grew wiser as the years rolled by.

Mostly,…

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Added by Greg Savage on April 3, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Reminder: employer compulsory superannuation contributions increase from 1 July 2013

In 2010 the Federal Government announced a variety of changes to superannuation, one of which was the gradual increase of employer compulsory superannuation contributions.

The legislation giving effect to these changes came into force last year. Under the new legislation, the compulsory superannuation contributions will increase by 0.25% per annum in 2013 and 2014; and further increase by 0.50% per annum between 2015 and 2019 (with the end result being a contribution rate of 12% from…

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Added by Kristin Ramsey on April 2, 2013 at 10:31 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work (early!)

Recently, I was watching David Attenborough on TV and marvelling at…
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Added by Susan Rochester on March 28, 2013 at 8:01 — No Comments

(a mental) Hup, One, Two, Three...

In our last article we focused on how to help maintain a physically healthy workforce and workplace. Now we're going to look at both from the mental point of view. In other words, how can we help to keep and develop a mentally healthy workforce?

This is a…

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Added by Melissa Binks on March 28, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

How to turn your Engagement Survey into an Engagement Strategy – 6 Tips to Maximise Survey Results

Do Engagement Surveys in your organisation meet with yawns and complacence? Do you create space in your leadership planning schedules to work through your survey results with a view to making impactful changes? Or is your annual Engagement Survey just ticking an HR To-Do box?

Whilst an excellent starting point, an Engagement…

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Added by Kate Boorer on March 27, 2013 at 10:13 — 2 Comments

Change Management Procedures and Anti-Discrimination Policies

You might think that a recent decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal regarding the dismissal of a pregnant employee would have managers reaching for their anti-discrimination policy – but what they should be doing is reviewing change management procedures.

Cook v Commanding Communications Pty Ltd and Ors [2013] QCAT 24

This decision centred on the allegation of a casual telesales employee who exhibited emotional outbursts and became upset…

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Added by Daniel Cummins on March 26, 2013 at 13:52 — No Comments

Three Practical Steps for Fostering a Learning Culture in Your Organisation

Peter Senge said it best - “the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organisation’s ability to learn faster than the competition”.

Unfortunately this is easier to say than do, especially if employees don’t experiment for fear of making mistakes, if it’s not possible to challenge ideas based on their merit, or if silos stifle the sharing of best practice. Having said this, there are three practical steps that you can take to kick start your organisation’s learning culture…

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Added by Justine La Roche on March 25, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Hup, One, Two, Three...



Question: how fit are you?
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Added by Melissa Binks on March 25, 2013 at 13:29 — No Comments

Employerbility Productivity Survey

Have you had one of those weeks where your 'to do' list is still the same as it was Monday?

We have a theory about this and need your help to find out if our thinking is true.

There is now just under a week to go till we close the …

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Added by Kate Boorer on March 22, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

3 Skills Leaders Use To Set Parameters

Inspired success is not always about big action or visionary sight or indeed big ideas.   Sometimes it is simply down to everyone doing their part in the right way, taking equal responsibility and doing what needs to be done to achieve success.  

This weeks article talks about 3 skills. people (not only leaders) need to master to experience consistent success in their lives.   Many times I have seen leaders and managers unwittingly disengage teams when there is a lack of balance.…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

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