January 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Would You Like Ice With Your Change?

The recent tragedy aboard the Costa Concordia occurred nearly a century after what is arguably the most well-known shipwreck of all time – the ill-fated RMS Titanic.  In both cases the ships were headed for disaster, and the Captains of both ships were unaware of the danger.

The coasts of Italy have been familiar to seafarers for well over 2000 years.  It is remarkable that such extensively charted shorelines should claim a ship equipped with all the latest technology.  We may go…


Added by Steve Barlow on January 30, 2012 at 18:23 — No Comments

Announcing the launch of HR Daily Jobs

Since launching HR Daily in 2008, we've had hundreds of requests from HR professionals and employers to provide a channel through which they can connect. Finally, after months of testing and fine tuning, we're almost ready to go.

We're hoping you can help with this final stage (and let us give something back in return).

To help us launch …


Added by Jo Knox on January 30, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Poaching Potential Employees With Finesse

I recently had an ex-colleague who followed up with me as he was wanting to know the ‘rules’ or protocol around poaching employees from competitors. He was feeling a little squeamish about it and he felt it was ‘under-handed’ tactics as he put it.

So I said to him, ‘From a young age we have been taught it’s OK to poach’.

What do you mean? He said aghast!…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on January 28, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on January 27, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Change Leader: Conversation Leader

Organisations are busy places.  People meet together in formal and informal contexts and talk about what’s going on, what should be going on, and what’s ‘in the wind’.  Others are planning, proposing and discussing ideas, strategies, and approaches.  People are involved in a myriad of activities as they go about their working life.

What is the effect of all this talk and all this activity?  Hopefully it is helping the organisation fulfil its purpose, but what is in no doubt is that it…


Added by Steve Barlow on January 24, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Is Organizational Change Always Uncomfortable?

Most of us don’t like change.  We get established in our routines and change unsettles us.  But does this discomfort originate from us as people, or is it a product of the change itself? 

Three Canadian researchers* sought to answer this question.  They studied a group of healthcare workers faced with 3 types of changes – structural, relocation, and IT.   Their findings showed two different kinds of responses to change.  One they called ‘dispositional’ discomfort, which referred to…


Added by Steve Barlow on January 16, 2012 at 18:38 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on January 13, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Why Managers HATE Performance Appraisals...

On the whole, managers welcome the relief from a difficult or non-existent approach, system or structure around the staff appraisal process.

You can also often strike the manager with the negative perspective in relationship to the employee performance appraisal process.

After many years of hearing their complaint and peeling away the layers of rationalisation the reason many managers hate the employee performance appraisal process is for a…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on January 13, 2012 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Reflecting on the year that was

Now that 2011 has drawn to a close, it’s a good time to take a moment and reflect on the year that was.

For some of us it may have been a great year of growth and success, while others may have been affected by situations out of their control such as the European debt crisis. No matter which camp you sit in, or if you’re somewhere between the two, 2012 is ready for you to tackle head on.

What are some positive changes you can make to ensure the next 12 months run as smoothly as…


Added by Mandy Geddes on January 12, 2012 at 14:29 — No Comments

Head in the sand or action junkie.....what's your mantra?

This Christmas I bought my husband a book called “100 Things What’s on Your List” by Sebastian Terry.  I was attracted to the cover initially because I saw the Camp Quality symbol and both of us have volunteered with Camp Quality in the past and I was intrigued by the concept of having a 100 goals…


Added by Nicole Underwood on January 11, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

A lesson in valuing your intuition

When you have a decision to make, do you put more emphasis on analysis or intuition?

If you believe decisions must be based on logic, it could be time to listen to your heart a little more often.  That niggling doubt could be a sign you need to pay more attention to your…


Added by Susan Rochester on January 11, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

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