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Job Hunting 1: The First Rule

12 June 2017

What is important to you when you are job hunting? There are many articles that advise us, quite rightly, to look beyond the money and the position, and consider things like job satisfaction and emotional fit in the organisation. Is this where I want to work? Do I want to spend my days with these…

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The Future of Your Business, One Hire at a Time

30 January 2017

Are you hiring? What are some of the questions you ask yourself before hiring starts? If you are like most of us, they will include: What’s the job? Who was in the job before? What skills and experience do we need? Where’s the previous ad? Let me suggest some others that should be asked and…

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Sexual Harassment and Other Misconduct: Employer Risk

5 September 2016

Employers beware! The appointment and promotion of managers and supervisors is much more risky than you thought. Since no one is a perfect fit, we are used to assessing whether a candidate’s shortcomings can be dealt with through training and coaching. A lack of technical and people-management skills is the risk we know about. But…

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Rugby Coaches and Acting Positions: Three Questions

15 April 2016

The ‘secret’ is out. Allister Coetzee has been appointed the new Springbok Rugby coach. Some say it is nine years late, and that he should have been given the job when the ‘poisoned chalice’ passed to the ‘quirky’ Pieter de Villiers. In spite of the delay, Coetzee appears upbeat and ready for the challenges that…

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Hiring – Insights From Google

22 March 2015

How much time do you spend on hiring? How important is it for you to get the right person? Google managers believe that hiring is the most important thing a manager or senior executive does. I highly recommend Google: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. It is a fascinating and well-written insight…

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Ellen Tshabalala: an unqualified failure

22 December 2014

I heard a snatch from a radio programme last week that tried to assess what people thought of Ellen Tshabalala’s resignation as chairperson  of the SABC. I was annoyed that the reporter, who was interviewing members of the public, focussed on the importance or otherwise of having proper qualifications. That misses the point entirely and is…

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Hiring: wasting time and getting great results

21 October 2013

“It’s the time you have wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.” The Little Prince It is true of most good things in life. It’s not the investment of vast amounts of money or formal processes, but often the ‘wasted time’: odd discussions here, an unplanned stop for a cup of coffee…

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