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Do goals or values give you job satisfaction?

Do goals or values give you job satisfaction?

It’s not every day you can leave the office knowing you have achieved your goals. Let’s face it, some days everything just falls into place and we achieve our goals, and other days it feels like we have just been spinning our wheels, not achieving anything. If you...

Will your 2IC successfully take over from you?

Will your 2IC successfully take over from you?

Success in an organisation often means the CEO and their 2IC make a great team. The CEO not only uses their 2IC as a sounding board, they also work well together. They make decisions and execute actions that lead to the delivery of their business plan and budget year...

Culture and the factors that define it

Culture and the factors that define it

Culture is talked about a lot, but defining it simply is a challenge. Most leaders indicate it plays a part in organisational health. Most people acknowledge the benefits of a positive culture. But what are the aspects that determine whether a culture is strong or...

The interview – a journey of discovery

The interview – a journey of discovery

I love interviewing. However, I know not everyone does. I had a client once say he would rather get teeth pulled than undertake an interview. Why do I love it? An interview is a very powerful communication tool. When conducted well, it is like going on a...

Trust is the X-factor in business

Trust is the X-factor in business

In the entertainment industry, a person’s X-factor is typically a mystery quality that’s hard to articulate. In business, it is generally much simpler. A business’ X-factor comes down to their unique application of known ideas like skill, innovation…and trust. Our...

Visibility has changed the recruitment space

Visibility has changed the recruitment space

Candidates are now much more visible. Since the advent of LinkedIn, which was only founded in 2002, there has been an explosion of people displaying their professional history and showcasing their skills and background on the web. This may be in the form of a LinkedIn...

Long-term hiring versus the gig economy

Long-term hiring versus the gig economy

The gig economy is growing in its prominence, but don’t lose sight of the advantages of hiring and engaging for the long term. Businesses today require greater flexibility to respond quickly to market changes. The gig economy – or the ability to deliver specialised...

Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Every employers’ focus these days is on finding the right person for a role. However, as an employee, have you ever gone into a new role only to find out it is not what you thought it was? When the pitch doesn’t match the practice Recently, when interviewing a senior...

Seek out the learners

Seek out the learners

There is a drive for ongoing improvement in every business. Remember the adage, “if you are standing still, you are going backwards”? Well, it is the same for individuals and yet, in the drive to find great staff, one of the attributes or qualities that seems to gain...

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Any business should have strategic goals and objectives…and understand the competencies needed to achieve those objectives. If you compare that to the competencies you have within your business, it becomes your gap analysis. At a simplistic level, you then have the...

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

It’s been more than 12 months since I undertook the Topgrading course developed by Brad Smart and made famous by Jack Welch. It follows a process Jack rolled out across GE’s businesses giving his management team the skills to identify and recruit ‘A players’. Jack...