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They are changing the guard at Buckingham Palace

11 September 2013

The newspaper headlines tell us that zealous police officers from London’s Metropolitan Police accosted Prince Andrew while he was walking around his mother’s Buckingham Palace garden in broad daylight. If I were a member of the British Royal Family, I would object to the use of the word “zealous”. They were simply doing their job as…

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Leadership Seminar: September 2013

6 September 2013

I will be running the following half-day seminar on behalf of Seminar Warehouse in Westville, Durban, on 19 September 2013. If you are interested, please register here. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass on the details. To read more, please click here If you are interested in this as an in-house workshop, please…

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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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Bite-sized people management 2: The process of counselling

12 August 2013

This is the second of a two-part Bite-Sized Management article on Counselling. “Bite-Sized” refers to brief, half- to one-hour discussions with busy managers reminding them of, or introducing, the basics of people management.The first article [see here] looked at the rationale behind and preparation for counselling. This article discusses the steps in the counselling process.…

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Bite-sized people management: Counselling for success

1 August 2013

“Bite-Sized People Management” refers to brief, half- to one-hour discussions with busy managers reminding them of, or introducing, the basics of people management. The following brief introduction to counselling is broken into two articles. The second will follow next week. This first article covers the rationale behind and preparation for counselling, while the second discusses…

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Discussion: Counselling for success

26 July 2013

For those of you who are members of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, I will be giving what I call a “Bite-sized Management” talk (a condensed workshop of about 40 minutes) next Thursday, 1 August 2013, at the BIZZ-LINK  NETWORK breakfast (see below). If you can’t join us, but are interested in the content for yourself or…

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Employment: passion, experience or any old job?

22 July 2013

A recent update on a friend’s Facebook page: “hey guys got a mate looking for a job really needs one asap please let me know if you know of any openings” Is this really viable? From this job seeker’s perspective (let’s call him Sam) all the things that make up the employer brand—the work, the…

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Leadership 2: Vision, Values and Mission

18 July 2013

This is the second article in a series on Leadership(Click here for the first in the series) There is much confusion about visions, values and mission statements, and some use the words interchangeably. Some writers tell us that vision and mission statements are oversold, while others would have us believe that they are the biggest…

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Nelson Mandela: his choices, our future

27 June 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela — an Icon, our hero. We will be eternally grateful for the choices Madiba made in his life. As with all of us, some of those choices would have been regretted, some would be questionable, some would be just plain wrong. But the choices that shaped his life, and ultimately shaped this…

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Leadership: a journey begins

17 June 2013

Leadership has been the subject of study at least since Plato in the fourth century BC.  Since then, various theories of leadership have been developed. Some examine what a leader looks like, others what a leader does, while others, how he or she manages people. Modern studies tend to focus on the impact leaders have on…

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