November 2015 Blog Posts (41)

Branding your way to success

Employment figures are continuing to rise across Australia and the increase in roles to fill has afforded job seekers the luxury of being more selective about where to work. Although this is a motive, organisations need to ensure they are continually building and driving a compelling employer brand, regardless of strengthening economic conditions. After all, you want the best talent to be attracted to your business every time…


Added by Tim Powell on November 30, 2015 at 21:07 — No Comments

Connectivity isn't engagement

Working out of hours, being available 24 / 7 and being ‘connected’ to work doesn’t mean employees are engaged.  They need head space to be able to do that!  So, make sure you give it to them.   Being ‘connected’ to work all the time can also pose risks such as burnout or anxiety which Christina points out in her blog Connectivity – an emerging WH&S Risk.

Employee engagement is where…


Added by Leisa Messer on November 30, 2015 at 12:58 — No Comments

Is culture on your business agenda?

Organisational culture is talked about a lot in the world of business these days.  I hope that it has become an important word in board rooms too; is it in yours?!  Is it on the agenda or do you just think and talk about but not really take the next step?  If so, you are missing out!

Would you like to: Improve attraction and retention, promote your brand, increase engagement, develop a ‘one culture’ after a restructure or Merger & Acquisition, establish a foundation for success,…


Added by Leisa Messer on November 30, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

It pays to walk!

Fitbit Fanboys

There’s no little irony that it has taken a technological gizmo to provoke business leaders across Australia to get off their corporate…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 30, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Top 5 – How to conduct a constructive exit interview

Organisations often get feedback from customers that depart and the same is advisable with employees that are moving on.

Exit interviews are a great opportunity to gain insights into why good employees are leaving your organisation and should never be a session used for employees to vent in advance of their pending departure. In this Top5 you find tips to help…


Added by Samuel Day on November 30, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Four questions to kick-start your thought leadership

Everyone’s a thought leader

All of a sudden everyone’s a thought leader – have you noticed? It’s the new black. And that’s a great thing. Except many of the execs claiming the ‘thought leader’ mantle are not. They’ve just swapped…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 27, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Chain reaction: Labour supply chain and underpayments

Department store Myer has come under increased pressure from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after it declined to enter into a voluntary compliance deed with the regulator.

The voluntary compliance deed was offered after claims of underpayment and sham contracting arrangements from cleaners engaged by companies who are subcontracted to Spotless, the head contractor responsible for Myer’s cleaning…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 27, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Meeting the development needs of regional, rural and remote leaders

As someone who has lived in big cities and regional areas I can tell you there is a big difference in the way you garden depending on your location.

That was brought home to me recently when I visited Cairns. As you can see from this picture the plants that grow there are quite different to what you find 1,700kms south in my home city of Brisbane. Many a gardener has…


Added by Karen Schmidt on November 26, 2015 at 13:21 — No Comments

Are you operating HR2.0

Step away from traditional perspectives and models — it’s time to shift your organisation’s human resource gears to overcome new business challenges, trends and realities. In short, you’ll need to be operating HR 2.0.

Defining HR2.0

Rather than being defined as a singular concept developed to manage payroll,…


Added by Scott Montgomery on November 26, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

When is a team not a team?

When it comes to developing a group’s ability to operate as a team it is important to determine whether or not the people in that team have high or low degrees of interdependency.

I worked individually with a number of senior executives in a large company who all worked within the same area of the business but whose work was not heavily dependent upon one…


Added by Carolyn Dean on November 26, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Communicating in the workplace - the right way and the wrong way

It's a tricky thing this communicating thing.  As humans, we are wired to avoid conflict. And given that most of us are decent human beings, add to that a sense of not wanting to upset the other person. So, when faced with a difficult message, our inclination is often to : avoid it, project it onto someone or something else, hope it will get better, bundle it up with a heap of other things, or any other form of indirect communication.

The thing is though, none of these approaches…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 25, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

How great leaders inspire action – Simon Sinek was right about the power of WHY

Earlier this year, I was at the HR Game Changers Conference in Melbourne, where the legendary speaker Simon Sinek (of TED Talk fame and author of Start With Why; his latest book is Leaders Eat Last) joined us in the early morning to talk about how the “power of WHY” can change the way HR professionals approach their job.

Simon’s was…


Added by Joy Adan on November 24, 2015 at 14:33 — No Comments

It's called having a spine

Here's what I have learnt about leadership.

Sometimes, it means implementing a vision or a change, and that usually means having a spine and standing up for what you believe in — even though it almost certainly will be difficult, and have pain and some angst associated with it. Even though — it almost certainly will require you to be able to articulate your "why" over and over again. And even then — there will be those that you can never convince. And there will be talking behind your…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 24, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

457 sponsorship visa breaches and Taskforce Cadena

Since 1 July 2015, Taskforce Cadena has been investigating compliance of the sponsorship requirements applicable to all approved 457 business sponsors as part of a broader operation into incidents of fraud and the exploitation of workers. The taskforce is headed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman.  The Taskforce will also involve the Australian Federal Police, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Australian Tax…


Added by Maryke Wylde on November 24, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Giving feedback, it's not about you

So the thing about feedback is that we often think of our own discomfort in giving it. It feels awkward, uncomfortable. We worry what the other person might think of us. What they might say about us. Whether they might get angry.  How they'll react. 

But here's the thing.

Feedback isn't about you -it's about the other person.

And if it is delivered…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 23, 2015 at 14:41 — No Comments

Culture: mapping your organisational DNA

As organisational culture continues to receive more focus and attention we are finding culture is often intrinsically linked to engagement by many publishers. According to the Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report (June 2015); “Culture and engagement is the most important issue companies’ face around the world. 87 percent of organizations cite culture and…


Added by Craig Mowll on November 23, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Why selling is now everyone's business

At the heart of the Thought Leaders methodology is a guiding mantra. We call it Think, Sell, Deliver. To maximise earnings and growth, time should be split equally between the three focus areas.…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 23, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Help prevent violence against women this White Ribbon Day

2.1 million Australian women and 1.2 million men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner according to recent data1. This startling statistic that one in every four women has experienced domestic abuse is truly shocking and when we consider this figure is likely under-reported due to the perceptions of…


Added by Sally Kirkright on November 23, 2015 at 8:19 — No Comments

Six tips to master the Q&A at your next presentation


Added by Maurice DeCastro on November 22, 2015 at 0:30 — No Comments

Big AND Agile – why entrepreneurial Aldi is winning

The Australian supermarket sector is in a state of upheaval. For decades, the cozy Woolworths and Coles duopoly enjoyed around 80% market share, with world-leading profit margins. (Compare this with the UK, where 5 competitors…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

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