I spent 2 days with a senior leadership team this week and as preparation for the workshop I had them take Simon Baron-Cohen’s (yes, he is related to Borat) ‘Mind in the Eyes’ Test.
I came across this test in an article on research done by MIT’s Centre of Collective…Continue
Added by Carolyn Dean on September 30, 2015 at 14:42 — No Comments
This article was first published by The Australian, appearing in the Weekend Professional section on 26th September 2015.
The strength of relationships within an organisation can have a direct impact on the bottom line.
Despite this, many organisations continue to focus on the mechanics of the business instead of the dynamics.
Employee engagement rates in Australia remain low, with a Gallup study revealing only one in four Australian…Continue
Added by Daniel Healy on September 28, 2015 at 22:11 — No Comments
The Australian Parliament has introduced a new bill that would make it a criminal offence for a person to receive a benefit, including payment, in return for a sponsorship related event.
The bill, entitled the Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015, was introduced on 16 September and is intended to prevent ‘payment for visa’ arrangements that leads to exploitation of visa applicants and undermines the Australian migration framework. The proposed…Continue
Added by Maryke Wylde on September 25, 2015 at 15:24 — No Comments
Your habits are hardwired, literally. Your brain allows you to do things unconsciously so that you don’t have your attention on all the detail that’s involved in habitual behaviour. If you had to think about all the different elements of driving a car including all the adjustments required with changing conditions you probably wouldn’t have your attention on what’s…Continue
Added by Joe Watkins on September 23, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments
I have been very fortunate as a facilitator at Leading Teams because I have been constantly challenged and supported to be the best I can be. In Leading Teams speak, I strive to be the ‘World’s Best Facilitator’.
We have a clearly defined Trademark (how we want to be seen) and a set of agreed Trademark Behaviours (how we need to behave to achieve our Trademark) that underpin all aspects of how we function as an organisation.
A significant change to the structure (we call this…Continue
Added by justin peckett on September 23, 2015 at 10:50 — No Comments
There is often confusion about what conduct constitutes ‘serious misconduct’ when engaging in disciplinary action or considering summary dismissal as the reason for termination of employment.
On occasion, the concepts of ‘inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour’ and ‘serious misconduct’ are muddled when a decision is made to terminate an employee’s employment.
Employers risk claims of unfair dismissal where an employee’s employment is terminated due to ‘serious misconduct’…Continue
People struggle with mental health issues 365 days per year. People we love, people we work with, people we know. The national focus on mental health issues achieved through the R U OK? Day each year helps remind us to check in with family, friends and colleagues, to show support and ask if they are okay when we notice something is not right.…Continue
Added by Sally Kirkright on September 21, 2015 at 11:15 — No Comments
“When a flower doesn't bloom you fix the environment in which it grows not the flower” Alexander Den Heijer
If you are spending a lot of time, money and effort developing your frontline leaders but not seeing the results you want then maybe you’re putting your attention in the wrong area. I believe this quote could be the root cause of your…Continue
Added by Karen Schmidt on September 21, 2015 at 10:27 — No Comments
Added by Maurice DeCastro on September 19, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments
I am fortunate to have worked with businesses in a variety of industries, of various sizes and various stages in their safety journey. What continues to intrigue me though is that there are businesses of all kinds that still take a ‘pure compliance’ focus toward workplace health and safety. Such rigid focus generally places the emphasis on the ‘paper’ side of the management system (policies, procedures, work method statements and training of these policies and procedures). What is lacking…Continue
Added by Christina Willcox on September 17, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments
It is important for HR Practitioners to be aware of the inquiry into Australian Workplace Relations as changes put forward by the Productivity Commission could lead to changes in the Independent Contractors Act 2006 and Fair Work Act 2009 (FWA).
Federal Treasurer, The Hon Joe Hockey MP, requested the Productivity Commission undertake an inquiry into the workplace relations framework.
As a result a draft report has been released which can be downloaded from…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on September 14, 2015 at 14:13 — No Comments
The communication and ‘connectedness’ explosion that has occurred over the last 20 years through the proliferation of social media and the resulting breakthrough in people’s access to information, has changed the landscape for leadership everywhere.
This change, coupled with the retirement of the baby boomer generation from leadership positions over the coming…Continue
Added by Joe Watkins on September 14, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments
Trust within a team, where each individual has confidence in each other, is the foundation building block for a team and organisation to achieve high performance. As a leader, your first job is to build trust. You start that process by being vulnerable! By being vulnerable you can change your culture from one of blame, to one of trust.
As a business leader you can guide and motivate, but you are not responsible for how others respond and behave. Your responsibility is for the success…Continue
Added by Gary Lear on September 11, 2015 at 6:00 — No Comments
I have become involved in the management of many non-work related injuries or illnesses after things have taken a turn for the worst. Because many employers do not have policies or processes for the management of these injuries or illnesses, on…Continue
Added by Christina Willcox on September 10, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments
One of my colleagues is helping us in our team better understand what gamification actually is and how it can help businesses. Keen to share and interested in others views. I was quick to disregard the concept...though...after taking some of my own advice, I spent some thinking time on the topic and my view (bias judgement) has shifted :)
Productive or disruptive?
The “workplace warrior”
Past generations grew up with the mentality of turning up for work no matter how sick they were feeling. Sick leave was not actively taken unless absolutely necessary and even then with great reluctance. There are many people who still have this attitude in the modern workplace and are often described as ‘workplace warriors’.
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 10, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments
According to the Productivity Commission’s draft report regarding Australia’s Workplace Relations Framework, poor relationship management is the primary cause of toxic work relationships in Australia rather than a flawed WR system.
As an employment and industrial relations lawyer I am fortunate…Continue
Added by Kristin Ramsey on September 8, 2015 at 15:26 — No Comments
There is nothing worse than watching a promising leader fail to develop because there are too many barriers put in their way. Whilst a few are to be expected, you do need to be careful when placing them in a position where they encounter more than they can cope with. No matter how skilled or enthusiastic they might be, these barriers can…Continue
Added by Karen Schmidt on September 8, 2015 at 10:52 — No Comments
The story continues from last week’s post titled; “Solving the DNA Riddle: Part 2” and is the final instalment of the series.
Firstly, I would like to thank everybody for their positive feedback and inquiry since our first post on organisational DNA when we published;…Continue
Added by Craig Mowll on September 7, 2015 at 8:55 — No Comments