Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (7)

Engage like you should eat

In today’s culture it is almost impossible to not think about how you eat. Every day we are bombarded with the latest diet fad - hi-fat, low-carb, no-dairy, caveman diets, lemon juice detoxes and so on. There is even the sleeping beauty diet, which recommends sleep instead of eating to reduce those unwanted kilos!

As we all know the best approach is the most basic, eating in sensible moderation along with a reasonable amount of exercise. Simple, but by no means easy.

It turns…

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Added by Philippa Youngman on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 — 4 Comments

The Steve Jobs way: Seven lessons in business leadership

Having spent a couple of days reading the Steve Jobs biography I couldn't help but reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of the man and the lessons applicable for business owners everywhere, big or small.

This could have been a very long list, but here are the seven things that are most strongly front of mind for me (text is paraphrased and quoted from the book 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 2011).

1)    Focus: When Steve Jobs returned…

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Added by ross clennett on March 26, 2012 at 7:44 — No Comments

This is how to get value out of your recruiter

It’s not uncommon to hear recruiters being heavily criticised by their clients. And often it’s well deserved. But as with most contentious issues in life, there is more to poor recruiter service than meets the eye.

Certainly it’s true that employers who invest in their relationship with their recruiter reap the best rewards. Check out this short video for key tips on how to get the best value from your recruiter.…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 22, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

How to pitch your HR stories to media

This week I gave a conference presentation on the topic of media pitches, specifically in relation to sharing stories with an HR audience. As I said at the time, I only realised during my preparation that the workings of a newsroom are quite mysterious to an outsider, and many of you who would like to be…

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Added by Jo Knox on March 22, 2012 at 10:33 — 3 Comments

Stop Reference Checking By Stealth!

Here’s a common scenario we face in consulting, particularly where we are recruiting in close-knit industries where everyone “knows” everyone else.

A candidate comes to see us. We build trust with them. We interview them at length. We understand their strengths, weaknesses, reasons for leaving or wanting to leave their current role. We talk about where they would like to work next. Then we reference check them.

Throughout this process we are not naïve.  

We know red…

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Added by Liza Garrido on March 16, 2012 at 16:31 — No Comments

Ensure Compliance with Workplace Laws

Even though the Fair Work Act 2009 has been in full operation for just over 2 years, we are continually surprised by the amount of outdated employment contracts and workplace policies still in use.

The Fair Work Act introduced the National Employment Standards (NES) and Modern Awards.  The NES brought about changes to a number of minimum terms and conditions, which necessitated amendment to many existing employment contracts…

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Added by Brad Petley on March 13, 2012 at 11:29 — 1 Comment

No 1. tool for a conscious people leader

 Make awareness the priority

A conscious people leader makes awareness his priority, not the problem, the situation, the event or the person. The conscious people leader makes his way of being a priority.

What actually happens is, we stop the automatic way of operating, the habitual addictions we have to feeling a certain way and reacting a certain way. We become different.

Have you in the last week said to your self “ Why is this…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on March 12, 2012 at 16:48 — No Comments

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