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Managing Industrial Relations

The manner in which a company manages its industrial relations can have a significant effect on company profits and, equally as important, its reputation and “brand” in the market place. It is important that the company approach to this issue is both strategic and long term in its focus. Loss of company profits, sabotage of plant operations, work place bans and disruptions can often be the result of a poorly managed industrial relations program. Sometimes these events are difficult and costly to control, but proactive industrial relations strategies can often avoid or reduce the impact of...

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Employee Recruitment

Recruitment can be seen as a fact finding exercise geared towards minimising risk. Often when selecting for a role, we are trying to put together a picture of the candidate to ensure that they are a good fit for the role and organisation. The risk of getting this exercise wrong can be quite detrimental to an organisation. Apart from the wasted recruitment costs, poor selection decisions can cost a company the achievements of its goals, its staff morale and its reputation. Over the past couple of years I have been working with a number of clients to improve the way they select staff.  In the...

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Innovation in organisations

People have lots of ideas. Ideas that come from curiosity about why things happen and why things work the way they do. Ideas to make their life safer and easier. Ideas are limitless. Ideas drive innovation. And people are attracted to and engaged by innovation. Innovations compound – every innovation unearths another idea. We are where we are now because of the build up of ideas and innovations throughout our history. The spread of ideas is growing ever faster. It is powered by curiosity and the spread of education, and fuelled by the sharing of information through the internet and...

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Providing feedback to others in the workplace

Recently while reading through research conducted by DDI in 2011, some interesting statistics attracted my attention. Of 1,279 employees surveyed from around the world, only 49% of employees believe that their managers give them feedback most of the time or always. Furthermore only 64% of employees believe that their manager handles work conversations efficiently most of the time (meaning that nearly a third of employees don’t feel that managers handle conversations well with them most of the time or at all). Unfortunately, after reflecting on these figures, I would have to say that these...

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How can being authentic lead to success?

authentic leadership, executive coaching, leadership development, business success

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