Paying for human resource in business is a huge investment. It makes good sense to develop human resource to its fullest potential and improve retention, engagement and productivity.

Corporate Training – 8 steps to a winning training framework

Corporate training design and delivery is changing faster now than it has in decades. The old diet of classroom based training is still on the menu but it has been joined by a range of technology driven options and lateral thinking. Training frameworks need to be carefully planned and fully integrated with capacity and capability initiatives. Retention and development are a lot more cost-effective than a conveyor belt of new employees who are waiting for the opportunity they 'really' [...]

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Corporate Training – 7 ways to waste a training budget

Yes he is pointing to nothing and that is precisely what we can achieve if we follow these seven simple tips. The training budget is one of the first casualties in cost cutting. To a manger or razor wielding accountant,  the benefits of training are somewhat intangible and in the future so it is a prime candidate to make the supreme sacrifice for the common good. However, paying for human resource is one of the biggest areas of expenditure in [...]

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New Year – new job?

Dreams are the beginning of all things. Andrew was on vacation. Temporarily chilled out and lying in the sun it hit him - he didn't want to go back to his old job and old routine. He hadn't been happy for a while but he didn't know what to do next. The day before he and Anne had caught up with Steve and Mel - old friends they hadn't seen for years. Steve and Mel seemed so successful. Anne was [...]

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Do you have the skills to succeed at work?

What happens when new technology rattles the tectonic plates of your career? For Jerusalem-based graphic designer, Dalia Ben-Moshe, the earthshaking changes in design tools meant she needed to quickly go back to school. The freelance designer, who used to work exclusively in print, found she needed to understand and delve into web-based design to stay abreast of client demands. “The very definition of graphic design is changing so rapidly,” said Ben-Moshe. “As the world becomes more and more screen-based, employers [...]

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Six lessons from surfing for business

I am a mad keen surfer. I surf every day, summer and winter. It has to be so big as to be unsurfable, or so tiny as to be a lake, for me not to get in the water each morning. One of the best things about surfing is what it can teach you about life. So this week, I’ve compiled a list of my top six lessons from surfing for business. 1. You don’t have to ride every wave It’s easy [...]

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What makes a good boss stand out from the rest?

What is it that makes a good boss stand out from his or her corporate colleagues and rivals? Key attributes for a successful chief executive would include the ability to lead others, to see in advance what needs doing and to be passionate about problem-solving. Another characteristic of any good CEO, is their ability to understand fully the often complex scope of their company's operations. It is a challenge which can be made easier by a manager gaining as much [...]

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Implement your own change management strategy

I work with a number of different organisations across a variety of sectors and they all have a common theme - constant organisational change. There seems to be a perpetual conveyor belt of change management projects big and small regardless of the nature of the organisation. Most organisations have got the change management technique down to a well oiled machine. Options for change are identified, researched thoroughly and presented to employees for consultation prior to a final decision. The employees [...]

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Travel Tycoon Shares Her Secrets

Penny Spencer Travel consultant Penny Spencer has a tip for any business dealing with Australia's patchy economy: make sure you have a range of customers from different business sectors. “Where one industry might not be doing so well, you'll have another industry that is, so you definitely have to spread it across a broad range of customers,” says Spencer, chief executive of Spencer Travel, which relies heavily on corporate bookings. “We have quite a wide range of corporate customers. So we're not [...]

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Landing that star client

Sometimes clients can be more trouble than they are worth. Everyone in business goes after the big contract and it’s a great feeling when you land it. Do a great job and you can get repeat work, eventually turning the big contract into the Big Client. But wait a minute – is that what you really want? The answer will be ‘no’ in a surprising number of cases. The value of a big client will often depend on how big it [...]

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Good news spreads faster than bad on social networks

BAD NEWS SELLS. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers, based partly on data (ratings and circulation) and partly on the gut instincts of producers and editors. Wars, earthquakes, plagues, floods, fires, sick children, murdered spouses — the more suffering and mayhem, the more coverage. But now that information is being spread and monitored in different ways, researchers are discovering [...]

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