In his small yet powerfully insightful book ‘Teaching Smart People How to Learn’, Chris Argyris makes the case that business success increasingly depends on the people in the business continually learning but that the majority of well-educated, high-powered, high-commitment professionals who occupy key leadership positions are lousy at learning!
Further, Chris said that most…Continue
Added by Carolyn Dean on June 29, 2015 at 13:48 — No Comments
When beginning in a new organisation in a HR role that reports to the head of HR ( who I like to call the CPP (Chief People Person) this is what you should expect to be told and asked by the CPP in the first two days:
. This is what it is really like to work here..............
. These folk are the movers and shakers in this organisation...................
. This is my take on our CEO...............
. To be successful in HR here…
Added by wayne faulkner on June 29, 2015 at 10:26 — No Comments
A good friend of mine once suggested a new (and somewhat profound) business idea. It went roughly as follows:
1 - Take busy executives out of their office or boardroom environment
2 - Put…Continue
Added by Alex Kelly on June 27, 2015 at 0:00 — No Comments
What do Google, Amazon and Nestlé Purina PetCare have in common? These leading international brands have global pet friendly policies and recognise the significant health and wellness benefits for both pets and employees.
Through its Pets at Work initiative Nestle Purina Petcare is proud to be support the movement calling for an increased number of pet-friendly workplaces nationwide. And, with latest research concluding there are significant benefits for…Continue
Added by Peter Collison on June 23, 2015 at 16:56 — No Comments
The widely reported decision of Commissioner Stanton in William F v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd  FWC 2343 highlights the importance of witnesses participating in the FWC’s hearing processes.
Employees raising concerns about workplace issues or incidents must not only be willing to complain, but also to then support the employer who acts in relation to that complaint once the matter comes to trial. Employers too, must also create an environment that is…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 22, 2015 at 18:37 — No Comments
After eight weeks of focusing on Defensive Styles I am finding it very different to now consider a Constructive Style. The former represent a huge potential cost to self and I have been able to explore the items in order to highlight the self-defeating nature of the way we describe ourselves. Thinking in the Constructive Styles on the other hand greatly enhances our enjoyment and effectiveness. It is the opposite. It rewards us - gives us satisfaction.
I did not always have complete…Continue
Added by Mim Balcombe on June 19, 2015 at 18:41 — No Comments
In my experience Perfectionistic Style is one of the most commonly occurring styles in LSI.
When I see it at moderate levels, I visualise someone who is conscientious. Most of us when describing ourselves, readily give a 2 to items such as 'competent' and 'practical'. Many of us do the same for 'looks for challenges'. "What's the matter with that?" is a question often asked. It's about how we measure our worth. Are we of value by virtue of our innate qualities – intrinsic value, or do…Continue
Added by Mim Balcombe on June 19, 2015 at 18:40 — No Comments
When I was a kid, the first time you encountered the word TALENT was usually in music class, or maybe on the sports field…
“How talented little Jessica is on the piano, she’s a natural”
“Look at those basketball skills. What a Talent!”
But cut to 2015…Continue
When you appoint a new leader in your organisation do you leave them exposed to the ravages of the organisation or do you provide them with some shelter from the more extreme elements? It’s not unlike young plants being sheltered from the elements by a larger tree. It certainly helps them get established but you do need to be careful you don’t provide too much shelter or they may not be able to survive without it. Worse still, they may not be able to grow at all if a tree is completely…Continue
Added by Karen Schmidt on June 16, 2015 at 10:29 — No Comments
Recent media reports and programs on bullying attest to the fact that it continues to be a problem that challenges the HR function. I hold to the notion that where bullies thrive, authority is weak. Much of the problem stems from the failure of management.
Sadly, workplaces lacking in quality leadership can be incubators for a whole raft of dysfunctional behaviours – bullying is one of the worst. Bullying is another toxic behaviour. It…Continue
Added by wayne faulkner on June 15, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments
The implementation and delivery of a work health and safety (WHS) induction program is an important part of the development of a positive workplace health safety and culture for an organisation.
While induction programs are a way for employers to introduce new employees to their organisation, a WHS induction program is an equally essential step in the new…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 15, 2015 at 10:57 — No Comments
Had another great life lesson smack me in the face (the best kind) just this week. I need to beware (and be aware) of my habits.
Allow me to illustrate - I don't travel an inordinate amount for business, maybe 25% of the time. It's not cumbersome, and it's usually planned well in advance. Not only that, but the destination is almost always the same - San Francisco, CA.
So I can plan that trip in my sleep...and…Continue
Added by John Reaves Whitaker on June 13, 2015 at 2:56 — No Comments
You would have heard the saying before, ‘It has to come from the top’ and how true it is!
I’m sure this saying can be applied to many different scenarios, however I am referring to organisational values and culture and their strong connection with leadership.
If the person…Continue
In today’s modern workplace we struggle with focus. Whether its still recovering from yesterday’s trials or thinking about tomorrow’s challenges, being able to clear your head and zone-in on mastering that 1 thing that needs to get done today or maintaining presence with an important customer, focus is a huge challenge.
Focus is important for:
- decreasing anxiety
- Improving absorbed attention on tasks at work
- increasing authentic…
Added by Ben Young on June 11, 2015 at 18:43 — No Comments
Federal Courts have tackled many adverse action cases recently, addressing what doesn't constitute adverse action.
A worker who was sacked while absent, an injured employee whose recruitment prospects were cut short, and another who was subjected to an abusive "dressing down" by his manager have all lost their adverse action claims.
Carefully word termination letters
Employers that don't tread carefully when disciplining sick workers can become embroiled in…Continue
Added by Alicia McCarty on June 10, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments
On Thursday last week's episode of MasterChef there was a fascinating insight into the pressure perfectionists put on themselves. The contestants had been asked to reimagine a French classic: Duck L'Orange. One of the contestants, Jessica Arnott, looked to put an Asian twist on it by doing an orange duck…Continue
Added by Mim Balcombe on June 10, 2015 at 10:28 — No Comments
In April 2015 Mr Scott McIntyre, a SBS reporter and presenter, made headlines for posting a series of tweets about ANZAC day that were considered by many to be highly inappropriate and disrespectful.
It is important to note that Mr McIntyre’s twitter profile stated that he was an SBS presenter permitting the assumption that his tweets were approved/endorsed/encouraged by his employer (SBS) and not just his personal opinion.
As a result of those tweets, Mr McIntyre was sacked…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 9, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments
Like a ‘rock-star’ the Dalai Lama has landed in Sydney, Australia to a huge audience. The spiritual leader has arrived to discuss freedom, happiness, compassion but above all else unity, which may itself be the biggest learning for organisations worldwide.
Outside of the workplace we hear about unity all the time and we accept it as a form of utopia, from the simplest…Continue
Added by Craig Mowll on June 8, 2015 at 11:33 — No Comments
Incremental growth happens inside of your comfort zone – exponential growth happens outside of your comfort zone - your discomfort zone.
Think of public speaking, networking, leaving your job and starting something new, cold calling, conflict, saying no, taking an unpopular stance when you think it’s right, challenging inappropriate behaviour etc. When you pushed through fear and discomfort to take on a similar challenge in your life, didn’t…Continue
Added by Joe Watkins on June 5, 2015 at 14:43 — No Comments
The emotional intelligence of your managers is affecting your business performance. There is now ample evidence of a direct link between the emotional intelligence of managers and the engagement of their people. Research also shows that engaged employees are more productive and this has a direct impact on the bottom line.
But there is evidence that engagement has far wider ramifications. Kevin Kruse, an expert in engagement, highlights what he calls the ‘Spill Over’ effect. When…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on June 4, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments