May 2012 Blog Posts (42)

It’s never too late to trust yourself

It’s never too late to trust yourself

It’s never too late to trust yourself to confidently head in the direction of your dreams. Never.

It matters not why you’ve waited until now.

It matters not that you may have got it wrong previously.

It matters not that you’ve never been lucky when less others seem to have been over-rewarded for…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 15, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Temp to perm fees. Are we absolutely stark raving mad?

This is one thing our industry has all wrong. We give away our temps at discount rates. Why, I have never understood. A temp on your payroll is a precious asset. In talent-short times (and they will return, trust me on that) I simply cannot fathom why anyone in our industry would give a substantial discount on the fee when a temporary employee goes permanent.



It’s just so illogical. A perm fee is a once-off hit which is nice when it happens, but we seem to forget that we have…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 14, 2012 at 10:39 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's Weekly Wisdom No.102: Nobody will ever notice the effort

Weekly Wisdom No.102: Nobody will ever notice the effort

An easy excuse for not trying that little bit harder is that nobody will ever notice that last 5% of effort you put in to making your products/services the highest quality. It’s a terrible amount of work that goes unrecognised by everyone but you.

Answering the telephone within three rings costs many times more than…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 14, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Nine Attitudes of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders and Managers

Emotionally intelligent leaders and managers get the best results!

Like learning to drive, leading and managing people is an experiential journey.

My entrance onto the leadership stage was when I was promoted into the role, having stood in for the team leader from time to time   I don’t know about you, but although I had practiced at managing people I hadn’t experienced it properly until I had to do it for real.

Junior leaders and managers are appointed because they have…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 11, 2012 at 20:57 — 2 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on May 11, 2012 at 11:37 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's Friday Redux No.11: Change Management Basics

Friday Redux No.11: Change Management Basics

Change Management has been a major portion of my consulting work and something for which I am very well…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 11, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Who should you have on your team?

Who should you have on your team?

When you decide that you need another person on your team; is it because you need another body? Is it because you need another process worker? Another cog in the wheel or as Pink Floyd sang, “Another brick in the wall”?

If that…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 10, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

10 no-brainers for every business using LinkedIn

This post was originally published on The RecruitLoop Blog.

LinkedIn is a great way for SMEs to promote themselves and attract potential employees to their business. We attended a recent event hosted by LinkedIn, and according to the experts themselves, there are 10 no-brainer steps every business must take to ensure maximum effectiveness and…

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Added by Michael Overell on May 9, 2012 at 20:21 — No Comments

Ric's Rant on Recruitment

Ric’s Rant on Recruitment

Mediocrity is the comfortable curse that some in recruitment seem to be willing to live with. The downside is that you cannot grow from being comfortable with mediocrity. For every star performer in the recruitment sector we have hundreds, who hang…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 9, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Organisational Change - Making the best of bad news

Its not the change - its how you do it!

I recently held a workshop which had a section around organisational change and particularly redundancy.  It’s obviously a big subject at the minute, and one which is exercising many managers and HR professionals.

What struck me about the difference within this workshop to those I had held before was that there was less discussion about the case for redundancy.  …

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 9, 2012 at 4:35 — 3 Comments

Does beauty play a part in recruitment?

A recent article in The Economist has highlighted a study that found women who are more attractive and include a photo with their resume are less likely to be offered a job interview than women who are deemed not as attractive.

Bradley Ruffle from Ben-Gurion University and Ze’ev Shtudiner from Ariel University Centre in Israel sent fictional job applications to more than 2,500 job vacancies.  They sent two similar resumes to each,…

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Added by Mandy Geddes on May 8, 2012 at 11:43 — No Comments

Selective Talent Acquisition and Hiring Staff

Selective Talent Acquisition and Hiring Staff

Selective talent acquisition is where you identify and find the best person for your available role; persuade them to surrender what they’re doing now, and come and join your…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exploding the Leadership Myth for Managers

Exploding the Leadership Myth for Managers

On the 17th April in Townsville I was the closing keynote speaker for the Local Government Managers Australia, Queensland. My topic was on “Exploding the Leadership Myth”. Here are some key points for all managers and leaders of all types of…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 7, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Employment Separation - Don't over-think it!!!!

At some stage in your career you will be called upon to effect an Employment Separation. This is unavoidable, and anyone who says they never will is kidding themselves.

It is a somewhat traumatic event for an employee. In most cases they will not truly understand why they are being terminated. Others may see it as a relief. Some will see it as an opportunity to extort money from the employer. Others will view it as an opportunity to move on to bigger and better things.

All this…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on May 7, 2012 at 10:36 — 2 Comments

Service Excellence: Is your business succeeding?

Service Excellence: Is your business succeeding?

I’ve been speaking to business about the reality that excellent customer service is no longer appreciated by end-users … it’s expected! Are you providing service excellence? These ten questions may…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

‘Recruiter Equity’. Got your share?

Want to know why some recruiters forge long and successful careers and other struggle and fade away?

Want to know why a handful of people have survived, even thrived, during this downturn, while most have lived hand to mouth or given up?

Recruiter Equity.

I believe that all the training you have had as a recruiter, is a total waste of time, unless the skills and techniques you learnt are built on a platform of self-belief.

In business, as in life, you get treated…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on May 4, 2012 at 15:54 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's Friday Redux No.10: Are you a Dragon Slayer?

Friday Redux No.10: Are you a Dragon Slayer?

Map makers would place a sketch of a dragon at the edges of the “known world” to indicate that any explorer or sailor would be entering unknown territory, and to do so at their own risk. The famous Lenox Globe (ca. 1503-07) made of copper, has the phrase “HC SVNT DRACONES” on the eastern coast of Asia.

Latin was the language of…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 4, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Quiet! Sleeping brain at work

Ric Willmot's Blog: Quiet! Sleeping brain at work

Scientific research suggests that while we are asleep our brain is busy processing the daily information gathered. It sifts through recent memories, stabilises ideas, copying all this data and filing it, so that it will be much more…

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Added by Ric Willmot on May 4, 2012 at 9:38 — No Comments

Getting the Performance Equation Right

Performance Management is an Art!

If you want to be cutting edge you need to measure your results and performance manage your team.

Getting the best out your people can sometimes be a stressful business. In my many years of managing and subsequently as an HR professional, one of the biggest barriers to great performance management is that people have different…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 3, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

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