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4 Personality Traits That Will Boost Your Chances of Selection

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Interviewing for a job can be a nerve-racking and demanding experience. You have to dress in a particular way that reflects your professional side, show up on time and say all the right things that sells you to the hiring manager. The interview itself could go well, or it could tilt for the worst and be a nightmare. It could be encouraging or really put a dent on your confidence. But during the interview with all this going on in your mind you sometimes forget one important thing – presenting your personality traits that’ll make you shine and stand out. When applying for jobs candidates are often deceived by...

Why Women Need To Be Speaking Up In Meetings

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

During my meetings with clients I’ve often sat at tables with individuals from various demographics representing their companies. They’ve been men, women, senior management, middle tier managers, team members and so on. Unless I’m in a meeting with predominately women, I’ve often felt that men do most of the talking. I did some reading on this and found that it’s not just something I’ve observed, but generally women aren’t speaking up in meetings as much as they ought to. What’s more interesting is that the same is happening in internal meetings within the company. Women participate in the meeting but seldom do they contribute to it. There could be...

7 Mistakes Leaders Make That Impact Their Success

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Thanks to my practice, over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet several leaders from various backgrounds and industries. All of them had remarkable personalities, self-drive and big plans about what they wanted to achieve. They all have impeccable grasp over their chosen industry and have worked hard to achieve success. They all were also, unfortunately and unknowingly, committing deadly and common mistakes. In the heat of the corporate world when you’re faced with hard challenges and tough decisions it’s only natural that you overlook the obvious. It’s inevitable that these mistakes leaders make are negatively impacting their business and its success. These mistakes aren’t necessarily the sort...

How To Avoid Unethical Business Practices

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

I’ve often mentioned that the true mark of a good leader isn’t the level of success they bring but the value they create for their companies. Profitability isn’t and shouldn’t be the aim of companies and its leaders. Instead it’s the image, the values it holds and the opportunities it creates for people within and outside the company. That, for me, is what differentiates great from just good companies. That and how it stays clear from unethical business practices. Lately there’s been much news of scandals and unethical business practices by some global giants as well as some astonishingly fast movers. Some of these may or may not have...

How To Channel Your Frustrations Into Positive Energy

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

We’ve all faced frustration every now and then at work. When you’re so passionate about what you do certain negatives can agitate us. The reaction to these generally is anger and frustration – both of which we try to avoid, but sometimes it’s inevitable. Sure the books and blogs you read all tell you about how to stay positive, think positive, act positive and generally bring positivity into your lives to be happy and successful. But how possible is it to always be positive. Since you can’t avoid it, you could embrace it and channel your frustrations to do something good. At first it all sounds like fiction. It’s...

How to Recharge Your Team to Avoid Complacency

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Good leaders know that to achieve the big challenges of their function, they can’t do it alone. So one of the first few things they do is to build a team of talented individuals to work with. Next it’s imperative to clarify what role each team member will play in the function and what their contributions will be. From then on its smooth sailing, right? Everyone’s delivering. The department goals are being met. The company is doing well. Everything’s super! But it’s really not is it? After a while you see your team slowing down and their output declining. You witness them becoming complacent and wonder how you can...

Why There Has To Be More Women In Senior Leadership Roles

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

Congratulations to be Emma Walmsley who was recently appointed as GSK’s new Chief Executive. It’s definitely a step forward for diversity when yet another woman makes it to a leadership role – even more so when that company is a Fortune 500. She now joins 23 other women who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. But wait a minute – that’s only 4.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs being represented by women? Shouldn’t there be more women in senior leadership roles? The need to have more women in senior leadership roles has been talked about (and maybe even actioned) for decades now and yet the number is so dismal. Some companies...

5 Critical Year-End Activities You Should Do Now

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

We’re now into the last week of September. What that means is that next week we’re into the last quarter of the year. Wow how the year just flew by! The fourth quarter can be a very challenging time for organizations in terms of year-end activities. The senior leadership will be reviewing the organization’s performance and developing strategies for the future. The sales team will be looking at their numbers for the year and planning how to manage the gap this quarter so that by the end of it they’re at least on target. The production team will be looking into shortfalls and aiming to increase output that’ll facilitate...

How To Stop Doing Things That May Damage Your Team

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

It can happen to the best of leaders. In your drive to create a team of incredibly talented and dedicated individuals who are aligned to the business’s objectives and are focused on delivering quality results, you sometimes falter. How’s it even possible to falter when all your intensions are towards the best interests of the team and the company. Yet sometimes even with the best of intensions you end up doing things that may damage your team. There are certain things you as leaders practice – some you’ve learnt about and some that are out of habit. Some of these practices may be counterproductive to your team’s development and...

How to Hold Power Meetings and Avoid Wasting Time

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Have you ever been a part of or heard chatter that occurs when a sporadic meeting is called? Most times it goes like this: “I wonder how long this meeting will be. I have a few things I was working on and would like to finish them before I leave. I really hope the meeting ends quickly and doesn’t take hours as they always do.” And some meetings are quiet time consuming aren’t they? I’m sure you’ll admit that at least 40% of meetings could be more impactful if they were shorter by about 60% of the time they took. Multiply this time saved by the number of people...