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4 Things to Look for Before Hiring a Training Professional

4 Things to Look for Before Hiring a Training Professional

You hire a training professional usually because your organisation is seeking some kind of professional development; considering that recent Gallup data from the U.S. indicates that on average, only 32% of staff are engaged, 51% are unengaged, and 17% are actively disengaged, it would stand to reason that getting the right training professional on board […]

Workplace stress, what’s it costing you?

Workplace stress, what’s it costing you?

A recent study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found 45% of people aged 16 – 85 will experience a mental health condition. It’s estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion each year. This is comprised of: $4.7 billion in absenteeism $6.1 billion in presenteeism $146 million in compensation claims. […]

When the going gets tough…  THE 4 KEYS TO BUILDING RESILIENCE

When the going gets tough… THE 4 KEYS TO BUILDING RESILIENCE

 Do you find it hard to cope with pressure? get anxious when you are out of your comfort zone? find it difficult to deal with change? get frustrated or discouraged when you don’t achieve a goal? sometimes lose inspiration when you do achieve a goal? find it hard to recover from setbacks or disappointments? get […]

Cyber Security & the key questions for senior leaders

Cyber Security & the key questions for senior leaders

The increasing sophistication of cyber criminals, means organisations face a continued battle to protect themselves from a cyber attack. Many experts believe that a significant number of smaller and medium sized organisations are unaware of the real damage a cyber attack can inflict and are therefore not taking sufficient precautions. This is partly due to […]

The New Paradigm for Change – Is change management dying?

The New Paradigm for Change – Is change management dying?

Are we seeing signs that ‘Organisational Change Management’ is in its final death throws? If you Google the subject, many people including thought leaders in the field such as Torbin Rick and Jason Little have written about the subject, with many predicting the end of life for many of the established change models and methodologies. […]

What if you were to revolutionise the way you think about change?

What if you were to revolutionise the way you think about change?

Are you following a standard change management approach? How’s that working for you? There are many models and methodologies of how to manage change.  Each proclaims success by following a step-by-step linear approach and applying broad principles of change. As we know, change is personal and deeply complex, therefore, simply following a step-by-step approach won’t […]

Difference between a Leader and a Manager – Leader Standard Work

Difference between a Leader and a Manager – Leader Standard Work

Most people think of Leaders and managers as the same thing and quite often Leaders take on the role of managers for various reasons in business.  However, they are actually different hats – or different roles – sometimes filled by one person. I will talk about leaders as the head of a division, department or company, but […]

Standard Work Allows Kaizen

Standard Work Allows Kaizen

A Point from which to Improve Standard work is one of the foundational elements of embedding Lean into a business and it is important from the perspective that its documentation gives you a point from which to improve. If a standard isn’t set – a consistent way of working – then the ability to improve […]

THE RISE OF FOLLOWERSHIP

THE RISE OF FOLLOWERSHIP

THE RISE OF FOLLOWERSHIP In Praise of Followers – Robert Kelley stated in his Harvard Business Review article that effective followers are well-balanced and responsible adults who can succeed without strong leadership. I never really considered ‘followership’ as a leadership theory. In fact, many do not consider followership as a leadership theory at all. I […]

Why Leaders Should Tell More Stories Paula Smith CSP (Expert in Presentation Intelligence ®)

Why Leaders Should Tell More Stories Paula Smith CSP (Expert in Presentation Intelligence ®)

Thanks to neuroscience we have learned a lot over the past few years about just how powerful stories can be. We now know which brain chemicals cause us to pay attention and which chemicals help us to connect with others. A great story releases a rush of brain chemicals like Cortisol (which helps you to […]

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