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Workers’ Day: integrating new employees

8 May 2014

It was Workers’ day last week – or May Day as it is known elsewhere. A day for workers to take it easy, ignore their work and do their own thing. Of course, the cynical among us might say, ‘Isn’t that what they do every day?’ If that is the case, we have to ask…

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The essentials of business: it’s not about the numbers

7 April 2014

What are the essential ingredients of a business? No doubt a dozen of us would have a dozen different lists, but I’m going to stick my neck out and suggest four: The product or service; The customers, whether corporate or individual; The staff who help connect the two, whether it’s the owner alone or a…

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The Dusi Canoe Marathon and your business

27 February 2014

I watched the first few hundred boats through the second (Witness/YMCA) weir of the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon a couple of weeks back. It’s a good place to be — the paddlers are still fresh and full of energy for their three-day journey, and they are close enough together for one to see plenty of…

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Change management in difficult times: emotions matter

27 August 2013

What challenges does your business face in this difficult economy? What is your strategy? How will you get there? Do your employees know what is going on? Management teams debate intensely behind closed doors. They reflect on the challenges, argue over responses, try to minimise the damages and finally decide on changes.  When everything is…

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Employee Engagement: The Big Picture

11 November 2012

How engaged are your employees? Should you care?Melissa Raffoni, founder of CEO Consulting said, “A manager’s job is, quite simply, to motivate people toward achieving a common goal.” A manager’s job is not to manage work, but to manage people to work towards achieving company and departmental goals. What is the critical factor you have…

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