Featured Blog Posts – September 2015 Archive (27)

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

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…


Added by Carolyn Dean on September 30, 2015 at 14:42 — No Comments

Why Monthly Updates Are Broken & How to Fix Them

Having spent a whole career in senior management participating in monthly…


Added by Maurice DeCastro on September 29, 2015 at 3:20 — 2 Comments

Strong relationships good for business

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…


Added by Daniel Healy on September 28, 2015 at 22:11 — No Comments

Payment for Visas an Offence under Proposed Changes to Migration Law

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…


Added by Maryke Wylde on September 25, 2015 at 15:24 — No Comments

Changing bad leadership habits

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…


Added by Joe Watkins on September 23, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

Our Watershed Moment - Even The Trained Can Lose Their Sense Of Team If Unchecked

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…


Added by justin peckett on September 23, 2015 at 10:50 — No Comments

If I can be serious for a moment - getting serious about serious misconduct

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’…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 21, 2015 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Ask RUOK? everyday

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.…


Added by Sally Kirkright on September 21, 2015 at 11:15 — No Comments

Does your culture need fixing so frontline leaders can thrive?

“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…


Added by Karen Schmidt on September 21, 2015 at 10:27 — No Comments

The Power of Words – How I misjudged Toastmasters


Added by Maurice DeCastro on September 19, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

Culture or compliance?

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…


Added by Christina Willcox on September 17, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Productivity Commission Draft Report: Workplace Relations Framework

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…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on September 14, 2015 at 14:13 — No Comments

Authentic Leaders - Why do we need them and what do they look like?

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…


Added by Joe Watkins on September 14, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Great Leadership: Moving from Blame to Trust

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…


Added by Gary Lear on September 11, 2015 at 6:00 — No Comments

Managing non work related illness and injury

How does your business manage non work related injuries and illnesses- Well, poorly or not at all? 

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…


Added by Christina Willcox on September 10, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Gamification...helpful or unhelpful?

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 :)

Serious games

Productive or disruptive?



Added by Blake Redding on September 10, 2015 at 10:29 — 1 Comment

Sick Leave and the Modern Workplace

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’.

The ‘sickie’

To try…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 10, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Poor relationship management not a flawed WR System

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…


Added by Kristin Ramsey on September 8, 2015 at 15:26 — No Comments

Are you setting up new leaders to fail?

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…


Added by Karen Schmidt on September 8, 2015 at 10:52 — No Comments

Organisational DNA in Action: Part Three [Final]

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;…


Added by Craig Mowll on September 7, 2015 at 8:55 — No Comments

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