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...
Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests have been a key part of human resources functions – particularly recruitment – for some decades now. However, a lot of misrepresentation has occurred over the years around these tests. Some have positioned them as a final arbiter (which they...
Interviewing – a critical management skill

Interviewing – a critical management skill

Interviewing skills can be the make or break of effective recruitment. Managers should have strong capability in this arena, and that best comes from practice. There are some basics I’ll cover here that will help lead you to a better result in your employment...
Turning supply chain challenges into competitive advantage

Turning supply chain challenges into competitive advantage

Supply chain management has become increasingly sophisticated. Companies are now commonly creating an end-to-end, integrated approach to their supply chain – starting from their furthest upstream suppliers and reaching right through to their end customers – all...
When the end doesn’t justify the means

When the end doesn’t justify the means

Modern thinking on the art of leadership and coaching generally teaches us to develop certain behaviours that enhance our ability to ‘get things done’ and achieve things through (sometimes more than ‘with’) others. In itself, this can be fairly neutral. However,...