Added by Susan Rochester on February 28, 2014 at 15:31 — No Comments
Having consulted to organisations in Australia and South Africa over the years, I have encountered what appears to be a cyclical pattern of organisational change in large organisations. It seems that changes in process, systems and structure are frequently a result of the move toward a centralised or, conversely, decentralised business model. I refer to this change as ‘cyclical’ because in large, well-established organisations that have been in existence…Continue
Added by Trish Cloete on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 — No Comments
24 hours later I received an email from a frustrated job seeker who after being made…Continue
Added by Nicole Underwood on February 24, 2014 at 15:07 — No Comments
By developing Public Speaking skills, it is much more than just developing the skill of speaking in front of groups.By building the confidence to get up and speak in front of people this will impact on many areas of your life. This will assist you to achieve the success you are wanting.By working on public speaking skills, You will:
Added by Adrienne McLean on February 21, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments
In Mihaly Csikzsentmihalyi’s book, ‘Flow’, he discusses a key concept relevant to productivity and execution in the workplace: ‘Preoccupation with self consumes psychic energy because in everyday life we often feel threatened. Whenever we are threatened we need to bring the image of ourselves back into awareness, so we can find out whether or not the threat is serious, and how we should meet it’
To put this quote into the context of how to increase staff execution is…Continue
Added by Ben Young on February 21, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had a number of conversations with clients providing additional feedback and interpretation on the cognitive abilities results of their candidates. The theme of most of these conversations has been trying to understand how a candidate who presented well in an interview or who has a number of university degrees or who is well liked by all of their referees, did not do as well as expected on the tests of cognitive ability.
To provide a bit of…Continue
Added by Prue Laurence on February 21, 2014 at 11:13 — No Comments
Added by Susan Rochester on February 21, 2014 at 10:12 — No Comments
Our success in business, as in life, depends upon our ability to make the right decisions. That might sound simple enough, but there’s more to it.
What Influences Our Ability to Make Good Decisions?
Obviously, there are individual factors. How much insight do the decision-makers have? How good are they at unravelling complexity and seeing the real issues? …Continue
Added by Steve Barlow on February 21, 2014 at 8:49 — No Comments
The words ‘Workplace health and safety’ are well used in Australian business and regulatory environments. Employers increasingly understand that if they identify, assess and control workplace hazards, they will reduce the number of workplace…Continue
Added by Christina Willcox on February 20, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments
This means constant evolution and improvement but some people just don’t do what you ask.
There is a list of 7 reasons why people don’t do things and…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on February 19, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments
I’m no Margaret Thatcher fan, but this quote is fairly close to my own views about a decision-making process known as “consensus”:
“Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the…
Added by Sam Robinson on February 17, 2014 at 19:44 — No Comments
(AND If you happen to think Gen Y is uniformly lazy, self-centred and useless – no problem – but there are plenty of better articles out there on that than this one).
Ok good – that means we don’t now need to convince you that people from Gen Y are worth keeping and…Continue
Added by Sam Robinson on February 16, 2014 at 18:29 — No Comments
Late last year, I had a conversation with someone that to anyone listening in sounded like many others when we talk about how people work in organisations. Some of the phrases we bandied around were:
“Yeah she’s a great leader”
“But the organisation, it’s got a crook culture”
“You gotta hold yourself accountable”
We use a hell of a lot of words to describe how people relate to one another, form groups then succeed, fail, fight or get along with each other at work.…Continue
Added by Sam Robinson on February 14, 2014 at 14:26 — No Comments
Added by Susan Rochester on February 14, 2014 at 13:17 — No Comments
For various reasons, when economic times get tough, there tends to be an increase in M&A activity. This might be as a result of weaker firms getting “picked off” by stronger ones or the desire to…Continue
Added by Melissa Fitzpatrick on February 13, 2014 at 14:18 — No Comments
Wouldn't it be great if the forces which shape our business environment remained static? Of course, that is not a reality we will experience any time soon. Change is constant, and can often become the tail that wags the organisational dog.
Consider the things that are constantly part of the organisational landscape which can create anxiety for employees:
Added by Jason Buchanan on February 13, 2014 at 12:35 — No Comments
As they returned to work after the holidays, I'm sure many managers were secretly hoping that the tensions and conflicts of the workplace would have disappeared over summer. That Farah would no longer complain about how Susan isn’t pulling her weight. That miraculously Andrew would get his monthly report completed without having to be nagged for the umpteenth time. That Simon wouldn’t snap at his secretary and reduce her to tears.…Continue
Added by Christa Ludlow on February 12, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments
Paul Howes Got Something Right?
By Fred Bolling*
Paul Howes got something right, although like many of you I am rather…Continue
Added by Fred (Howard) Bolling on February 8, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments
Added by Susan Rochester on February 7, 2014 at 14:14 — No Comments
“Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business”
This is very true!
Whilst no one wants unhappy customers, these occasional challenges do represent a genuine opportunity to turn the disgruntled client into an advocate. I’ve lost count of how many times I have turned around a dissatisfied…Continue
Added by Anthony Sprawling on February 7, 2014 at 9:52 — No Comments