Mindfulness – Why should it be important to business leaders?

Mindfulness has become the latest buzzword in Western Culture, particularly in leadership. It has, however, been part of Eastern philosophies like Buddhism for thousands of years. There are numerous definitions but, in general, mindfulness means bringing 100% presence and non-judgmental consciousness to the present moment to what is being truly experienced in that moment. “Consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience, with openness, interest, and receptiveness” (Harris, 2007). There are three main components about mindfulness that stand apart from regular focused thinking: It means observation WITHOUT our ego and programming (thoughts, beliefs, knowledge, previous experience, meanings and associations etc.). True […]

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How to become more time effective

Have you ever had a day where it was extremely busy but, when you got to the end of it, it felt like you’d achieved absolutely nothing? Of course, everyone has these days! However, if you find yourself procrastinating or feeling like there are not enough hours in the day, then chance are need to review your time effectiveness strategy. And I don’t mean by going on an expensive time management course! The reason I say this is because they won’t work if you’re time defective. So how do you know if you’re time defective? Follow the tips in our […]

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How time effective and efficient are you?

The combination of my having been really busy lately, and the fact that several of our coaching clients have wanted coaching on time management, has left me pondering the concept. For me, it really comes down to being time effective and time efficient. So what do I mean by this?   Time effectiveness is all about working on things of high importance that move you towards your outcomes and goals. Time efficiency, on the other hand, is about how well you manage those tasks i.e. completing them in the most productive or economical way. What you need to recognise, is […]

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10 of the most common causes of Team Dysfunction…

Have you ever been part of a team that just can’t get things done, not gelling or are continually bickering? Team dysfunction can make you feel like tearing your hair out! Dysfunction in teams is far more common than people think. We’ve worked with hundreds of teams, many in crisis, many with dysfunction from front-line teams to Executive teams! Here is what we find are the 10 most common elements contributing to a dysfunctional team. Leadership In almost all cases, dysfunctional teams lack a strong leader. Most teams require a strong leader, who is emotionally intelligent, competent and cares about […]

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Employee Engagement

Getting real about organisational culture

The recent study by Robert Walters (regarding organisational culture in ANZ), I’ve decided to write about one of my passions – Getting Real about Organisational Culture! The RW survey is not unique.  I believe it is now time that organisations of all sizes and state of development deal with these issue head on.  It is time to start getting REAL about Organisational Culture. I got into HR 30 odd years ago with a dream of making organisations fabulous places to work. I thought in my youthful utopian viewpoint, that I would truly change the world. Thirty years later, I know I […]

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REDUNDANCY, MATERNITY & ADVERSE ACTION

The Roy Morgan case highlights the many pitfalls of not managing within strong people management practice principles when it comes to restructures and redundancy.  We discuss this case and the learnings, to ensure our readers don’t fall foul of the law (especially start-ups or SME’s). We are often asked to assist businesses of all sizes to help plan and manage restructures. We regularly come across managers/executives and even HR consultants for that matter, who don’t truly understand their obligations under law. Whilst we are all for expedition of situations, we would not recommend doing so at the cost of solid […]

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Have you got a toxic employee or two?

A while back I was asked by a reporter at BRW Magazine how Small Business Owners could prevent employing toxic employees. Of recent times, a few small business owners I have coached, have also inadvertently managed to recruit some toxic employees. Toxic employees costs small businesses literally thousands of dollars and not to mention the additional stress for the manager/owner.  In some cases, the business does not survive the damage! The actual and hidden costs of a real toxic employee can be crippling, especially to a small business. It is not uncommon for a toxic employee to cost a business […]

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