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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

Ric Willmot's Weekly Wisdom No.77: The Marketing Mindset

Nearly all businesses need to dramatically improve their marketing effectiveness. But creating marketing magic is… Continue

Added by Ric Willmot on August 8, 2011 at 10:13 — No Comments

Ric Willmot’s Friday Redux No.2: 5 targets for management focus

Extraordinary business breakthroughs can be elicited by intelligent questions.


  1. Who and what are your targets? Do you have any unique targets of focus that share certain common characteristics?
  2. What do your targets need and want? What outcomes and results are they seeking?
  3. Where will you find these targeted…

Added by Ric Willmot on August 5, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Your 'Feel Good Friday' from Balance at Work

A lot can happen in…


Added by Susan Rochester on August 5, 2011 at 9:59 — No Comments

Internal recruiters too busy to achieve their real goal

Over the past five years, we've helped numerous large Australian employers establish candidate sourcing and recruitment processes.


Throughout that time we've consistently encountered a barrier that stops internal recruitment teams from achieving a lasting strategic improvement in the way their organisation sources its talent.


The problem isn't that internal recruitment teams lack ability, or that senior…


Added by Trevor Peter Vas on August 3, 2011 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Listen, people, will you??


New clients often ask me what tools, models, methods I can recommend that will improve their business and people performance. And it's certainly true that there are tools that are useful to help diagnose, analyse and engage.  But there's one thing that every organisation has already at its disposal .. No need for consultants, or fancy tools..  It's free, it's easy and you can start it now, no accreditation or training required. What is this magical thing you ask? 




Added by Tammy Tansley on August 3, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

1 in 3 candidates mislead employers. Would you hire a liar?

Did you read this article on CareerOne about the prevalence of lying among job applicants?

Applying for their dream job, or any job, can bring out the worst…


Added by Susan Rochester on August 3, 2011 at 10:32 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's erratic ramblings on HR and employment


What does workforce planning really mean? Talent management? Recruitment and retention?


Could we amend our thinking around what retention stands for?


A few years ago, Bernard Salt spoke at the “State of the Industry” dinner for the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association in Melbourne, at which I was a special guest of CEO Julie Mills. Bernard recounted a story whereby a lawyer had in years previous, lamented at how they would invest…


Added by Ric Willmot on August 2, 2011 at 18:06 — No Comments

Why 'job fit' should matter to you

Career guru Kate Southam, wrote on her Cube Farmer blog last week  "Whether it is a pair of shoes or a job role, wrong fit hurts".…


Added by Susan Rochester on August 2, 2011 at 16:20 — No Comments

The gender wage gap - myth or reality?

Stories in yesterday's and today's Age raise interesting issues about the gender wage gap, what causes it, and, interestingly, the impact of transparency of wages and wages gaps. 


Research by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in the US led them to suggest "while there is no direct link between pay secrecy and wage discrimination, there is some evidence that pay transparency reduces the gender pay gap." This is good news, as many organisations now seek to redress pay…


Added by Karen Morley on August 2, 2011 at 13:34 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's Weekly Wisdom No.76: Customer experiences drive your business

Ric Willmot's Business Wisdom

Marketing for Accountants  

Customer service shouldn't be a poor man's cousin to growing your business. You rarely awake in the morning with people waving cash in… Continue

Added by Ric Willmot on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Tips on how to protect your online reputation

Have you ever Googled yourself and found something negative? Just one small negative posting can cost you a job or damage your business. 

The web is a viral breeding ground of rumor, scams and scandal. Ex-employees, rival…


Added by Leah Gibbs on July 29, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

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