September 2013 Blog Posts (27)

Shaping the Cultural Mosaic – Part 2

In my last blog I wrote about seeing cultural change as shaping the cultural mosaic to better reflect the organisation’s purpose and goals.

 This metaphor assumes 2 things about the cultural change agent. First, it assumes they are part of the mosaic, which they directly influence by their personal contributions. They influence the mosaic through their stories, their values, the nature of their relationships, their practices, their attitudes, and in a…


Added by Steve Barlow on September 27, 2013 at 12:05 — No Comments

The Problem with Positive Thinking

In a classic business context it is usual to have things like Key Performance Indicators, Targets or Critical Success Factors and it is always recommended that these should be SMART.  But there is a lot more to achieving a goal than simply applying the SMART acronym.  I have been a student of applied psychology for over 20 years now and I am always curious about finding the difference that makes the difference.  

There is so much hype around these days about the ‘Power of Positive…


Added by David Klaasen on September 26, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Shaping the Cultural Mosaic

 How do you look at organisational culture?  It is such an abstract concept it can be hard to get a good sense of it.

 One way to think of culture is as a mosaic. 

 Now a mosaic is a picture or a pattern that is made up of individual pieces of differing sizes, colours, shapes, and…


Added by Steve Barlow on September 26, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Leading With Emotional Intelligence and Owning Your Feelings

There are many strands to developing emotional intelligence, and believe me, my EQ is tested most days. Emotions are as a result of the thoughts and beliefs about the experiences we encounter in life. As mature adults it is great if we learn to master our feelings, and if we don’t there is a danger that our emotions become the master of us. How we interpret events and incidents is key to leading successfully. This week’s blog is about my latest challenge in mastering…


Added by Christina Lattimer on September 26, 2013 at 1:46 — No Comments

HR and Big Data: Competitive Advantage on Steroids

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking with both customers and industry analysts. Two themes have emerged from those conversations. The first is the reminder that any analytics endeavor will be pointless unless there are knowledgeable people interpreting the data, knowing how to make the essential connections between what the analysis is revealing and how it relates to a real business…


Added by David Bernstein on September 25, 2013 at 5:08 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

Grocery shopping ... one of those mundane tasks we do for necessity and not for enjoyment. Until now. Hopefully coming soon to a supermarket near you!…


Added by Susan Rochester on September 20, 2013 at 8:27 — No Comments

10 Tips on How to Get Focused When Multi-Tasking

Getting things done has been a big issue for me this week, both at work and at home. With the e.MILE Community growing by the day, my daughter putting the final touches to her  wedding next week, and my son starting 6th form, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. There is a lot of advice out there about helping busy people make the most of…


Added by Christina Lattimer on September 20, 2013 at 0:30 — No Comments

Are you a Player or a Pawn?

It’s your choice

We all make our own reality.  Whether you believe this or not, you are always right.  You simply select specific evidence in your experiences of others or of a situation as proof for your beliefs.  It is usually done way below your conscious awareness and can help or hinder your ability to respond effectively, because no matter what your situation, you see…


Added by David Klaasen on September 19, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job good news for older workers, bad for the young

One of the more curious things in Australian politics is the occasional media burp, which produces a news good story on older workers and older job seekers. There was a positive news story in the States recently about employing people 50+.

Having written about the Boomers for the past ten years or so – and being one of them – all I can say is that it’s about time.…


Added by Malcolm King on September 19, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Are Performance Appraisals a Help or Hindrance?

It’s 9 am on Monday and Bob is sitting across the desk from Terry in Terry’s large office; the early morning sun is streaming through the half-closed louvers and casting some shadows across Terry’s big, black shiny desk. It’s annual…


Added by Dr Tim Baker on September 18, 2013 at 16:21 — No Comments

How to get the innovation value off the wall and into practice

Organisations that have innovation as a key element of their vision and values piece can finally turn the value into a reality through some simple innovation techniques.

It's a sad fact that while roughly 90% of most organisations say that 'Innovation' is one of their core values, only around 2% will have an Innovation structure and only around 4% will have had any basic Innovation training which means the value seldom becomes a reality.

Taking innovation off the…


Added by nils vesk on September 18, 2013 at 14:17 — No Comments

Big Data: A Fool With A Tool Is Still A Fool

Just as having a saw doesn’t make you an expert carpenter, having Big Data doesn’t make you an expert analyst.

A recent article in Harvard Business Review, titled “Big Data’s Human Component,” has reinforced what I’ve been thinking for some time. While the industry is getting excited about Big Data being the “next great tool,” it’s nothing…


Added by David Bernstein on September 18, 2013 at 3:03 — No Comments

How’s Your Alignment?

When it comes to organisational change, there is one thing you don’t want.  You don’t want sub-cultures turning into anti-cultures.

 Change Polarises People

 Change polarises people.  Individually, some welcome it, seeing it as an opportunity or adventure.  Others feel threatened by it and dig their heels in.  The resistance of…


Added by Steve Barlow on September 15, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

How We Unconsciously Avoid Success

This week’s blog continues on the theme of sabotage I started a couple of weeks ago. What follows is a summary of how we can inadvertently stop love, happiness and success coming to us as a matter of course. Although it’s a difficult subject, the good news is once we accept that we have a dark side, we then can shine that much needed light on it and resolve it!



Added by Christina Lattimer on September 14, 2013 at 1:30 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

Finding your 'why' and describing it to others has been a popular topic in business in recent years. Here's a very simple approach, which also gives you an answer for when you're asked "What do you do?". …


Added by Susan Rochester on September 13, 2013 at 13:01 — No Comments

What a Nobel prize-winning economist discovers about interviewing

Recently I wrote a review of Daniel Kahneman's fantastic book on decision making; Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Kahneman won his Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making.

In summary, Kahneman's book explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive and…


Added by ross clennett on September 13, 2013 at 11:50 — 4 Comments

The trustworthiness of beards

Apparently, a man’s beard can say a lot about his trustworthiness. Full beards, goatee + moustache are considered very trustworthy, a full moustache mildly trustworthy, and the neck beard sans moustache quite threatening. Indeed the scientific basis for the trustworthiness of beards is questionable at best, however a 2012 study from Warwick Business School, the University College London and Dartmouth College found that the way a person looks is closely related to their perceived…


Added by Prue Laurence on September 13, 2013 at 11:26 — No Comments

Can you give (and receive) effective feedback?

I love Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Effective feedback helps us to break that cycle and do things differently.

What I hadn't recognised until recently was how many of the tips, hints and advice around this aspect of work life apply equally well whether you are the giver or the (hopefully willing) recipient of feedback.

This highlights a key point: giving and receiving feedback is a…


Added by Ruth Sims on September 13, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

When Rapport is not enough

While rapport is very important, sometimes it is not enough.  By listening carefully to the words people use to express themselves we can identify a number of motivational traits that can help us to understand, predict and influence the behaviour of others. 

Too many communication seminars or trainings focus on rapport. They are often full of exercises about body language, voice tone and pace and the frequently misquoted research by Mehrabian; that the meaning of communication is 55%…


Added by David Klaasen on September 12, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Becoming a Data-Driven Enterprise

It seems that “Big Data” is all the buzz in technology circles these days — and for good reason. Big data has all the hallmarks of being the next “Big” thing. Big, because of the potential for “Big” rewards that can be reaped.

Companies must carefully review how they allocate their resources. Business leaders should consider any investment of time, money, and people in terms of its potential for advantage and financial rewards. As logical as the” Big Data” argument is, however, for…


Added by David Bernstein on September 11, 2013 at 3:18 — No Comments

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