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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...

Coaches and Mentors – When To Be One?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Exploiting the full potential of talent isn’t an easy or quick process. It requires patience, commitment, dedication, and a lot of counseling, among several other things. And for all this you need a coaches and mentors to help guide and steer individuals towards the exploitation of their greatness that’s yet to make its mark. I’ve often heard people say that they act as coaches for their teams. Some confess to being mentors for individuals who are trying to channelize their talent. But how do you choose when it’s time to be a mentor and when to be a coach? When Do You Need Coaches and Mentors? A coach has...

5 Things To Do During Holidays To Be Productive

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Holidays are the perfect occasion to slow down and give yourself a break from corporate life. It allows you a chance to spend time with the people that matter the most – your family and friends – the people who you work so hard for. And while it’s a great time for rest and relaxation, it could also be an opportunity to be productive. Successful people know that among the many things to do during holidays indulging in some constructive thinking can be highly beneficial. Here are some productive things to do during holidays. 1. Catch up on Reading I’m sure you’ll have a book or two lying around...

5 Productivity Tools That Can Help You Get More Time

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Have you ever heard someone say “there’s just not enough hours in a day.” It’s not like 24 hours in a day are any less. It’s just that we tend to lose time with things that distract us or take up too much time. I’m sure in your busy and hectic work schedule you sometimes ask yourself: “Am I using my time wisely? How can I find the time to do more?” It’s only natural to ask these questions as after a while you realize that to achieve more you need more time. And more often than not, it seems like we’re always chasing time while it’s running from...

How To Springboard Your Career When The Boss Is Away

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

It’s no surprise that when the boss is away some of us have a relaxed and laidback attitude towards work. And why not? The boss always keeps you on your toes. Would it really hurt your career if you slowed down a little and took a step back while the boss is away for a few days? Yes it would! Instead of coming in late and spending the days your boss is away socializing with colleagues or attending to personal errands there are far more productive things you could be doing that would significantly benefit your career. Do Some Housekeeping We’ve all experienced how our boss’s work supersedes everything...

4 Inspirational Leaders You Need to Read About

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

In continuation last week’s blog about “5 Startups That Are Loved By Their Employees”, I took a further dive into the players who are shaping (or reshaping if you like) how employees are engaged and motivated. These inspirational leaders surely aren’t following what traditional management styles have advocated in the past. They’re a new breed of leaders, a young group who search for spark in their teams. Much like the spark they themselves possess and that’s steered them to create multi-billion dollar companies. Ambition has listed some of the inspirational leaders of 2016. Here are my pick of the lot. Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder & CEO of Twitter Soon after being confirmed...

How to Deal with Office Gossip Like a Pro

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

HR professionals are often targets to be extraction points of office gossip. Coworkers tend to become “friends” with representatives of the HR team just for this reason (a hidden agenda they’ll never admit to). It’s usually a subtle question thrown over tea or lunch breaks or sometimes when passing by. Those questions range from: So I heard a new bonus scheme is under discussion, or What’s the scoop on the new manager that was recently hired, or Is it true that the CEO isn’t happy with the production team’s output? I’ve often wondered where people find the time to come up with such office gossip, let alone have lengthy...

How to Avoid Asking Inappropriate Interview Questions

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission published a report earlier this year in which they found that 70% of bosses think women should declare they’re pregnant when applying for jobs. What’s more is that one in four hiring managers feel that its fair to ask candidates about their plans to have children. Aren’t these really inappropriate interview questions? It’s not surprising that women globally are 3 times more likely to be asked an inappropriate interview question as compared to their male counterparts. You can only imagine this would be higher in frontier markets where there’s no law against it. Where These Questions Come From? Managers justify asking inappropriate interview questions by presenting...

5 Startups That Are Loved By Their Employees

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

While startups present exciting and adrenaline-packed career opportunities they often find it hard to attract top talent. That’s mainly because they’re up against well-known brands who have a pool of highly skilled talent, global opportunities, established processes and well defined benefits that appeal to everyone in the workforce. There are some startups, however, who’ve decorated themselves around a culture and environment that’s enticing for the talent pool to be a part of. Here are some of them. Slack Who they are: Slack is a chat app aimed at businesses rather than individuals and works best for small to medium-sized teams. Teams can talk with each other on chat channels,...