Nelson Mandela: friend of the world

6 December 2013

We have lost an icon, a friend of the world, a statesman; Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has died. We knew this day would come but it is hard to express our feelings. I am relieved that his suffering is over and he can rest in peace. No one would want him to linger on. But he…

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A celebration: and you’re invited

17 November 2013

This is an unusual post. I am copying below an appeal from a dear friend, Ana Houston, who is a medical doctor working in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The appeal speaks for itself. Let me add that I have known Ana and her family most of her life and and I have great faith in her work…

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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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Seminar: How to spot the right person in an interview

23 September 2013

I will be running the following half-day seminars on behalf of Seminar Warehouse in Westville, Durban, next month. (See flyers below.) The first is on interviewing skills and will be on Thursday, 10 October 2013. If you are interested, please register here. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this on.  The second is on running…

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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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