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Training with Simply Communicate in 2017

26 January 2017

Congratulations. You made it through to another year, and you found your way back to Simply Communicate. Let me tell that I, too, am glad to have made it back to Simply Communicate. Writing took a back seat towards the end of 2016. I plan to rectify that and produce some helpful thoughts and comments as we…

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Simply Communicate: An Employer’s Friend

6 December 2015

If only employees would do as they’re told, This business would thrive, that’s a fact! But you’re not around every moment each day To prescribe and proscribe every act. Employees make decisions, take risks and take charge When you’re not there having your say. How do you know they will do what is best When they’re…

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Negotiation Skills: A Simply Communicate Workshop

28 October 2015
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Unfair Retrenchment Practice: Severance Pay

11 September 2015

Someone asked a question on a LinkedIn forum recently. Her organisation was ‘downsizing’ and about 20 employees were being retrenched. Some of those being retrenched were offered contracts of service as independent contractors. They specifically asked the employer whether they would remain on the payroll. They were told that they would not as they would…

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Hiring Skills Workshop, 16 September 2015

9 September 2015

 

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Managing Problem Employees: It’s About Action not Rules

11 June 2015

The lively discussion around shared issues was as important as the planned input at the June Simply Communicate workshop on Managing Problem Employees. But perhaps the key learning of the day (although it seems so obvious that it’s hardly fair to call it a learning) is that people management is all about taking action. We can have the…

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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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Managing Performance Workshop

22 October 2014

Please join me for the Simply Communicate morning workshop on Managing Performance in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, 18 November 2014: I am available to run this and other workshops in house for you, anywhere in the country, at very reasonable rates. Please contact me if I can help you with any of your people management, leadership or customer…

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Birthdays and milestones

17 September 2014

Simply Communicate celebrated its second birthday on 1 September 2014. (The balloons in the picture were for my own birthday celebrated a couple of weeks earlier.) I wrote what follows in my September Simply Communicate newsletter. Let me share it here. Two years ago I wrote, ‘I started Simply Communicate with the aim of simply helping…

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Simply Communicate? What can they do?

26 June 2014

How do you introduce yourself and your business? A poetry effort last year won me a free lunch at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business. I decided to expand on the effort when introducing myself at the Chamber’s recent Bizz-Link Network. I won another lunch. (Don’t worry, I shan’t be putting my training material into poetry…

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