Management Skills


Reapplying for your Job?


Reapplying for your Job?

Reapplying for your job is something that employees can be asked to do, particularly during a restructure or following a merger of two organisations. There may be duplication of functions in the merged entity requiring headcount rationalisation, or equally there may be innovative plans ahead for changing how areas of the business operate, giving rise […]

Problems with Negotiating Salary


Problems with Negotiating Salary

Negotiating salary is a critical part of landing a job, and important for ensuring an appropriate reward for your expertise and on-going work. It is something that many of us have difficulty doing effectively, and often we feel uncomfortable having that conversation at all. Negotiating salary is made more difficult in the current climate because […]

Coach Your Team


Coach Your Team

Why would you want to coach your team?? How often do we read that people leave their jobs because of their Managers who they often consider to have poor managerial skills and too large an ego? How much more satisfying is it to have regular interaction with a great Manager?  But what is it that […]

Australian Uptalk?


Australian Uptalk?

‘Uptalk’ is something that many Australians, Kiwis and Americans do. It is the habit of putting a questioning inflection at the end of your sentence – as if you’re asking a question rather than stating something. But beware! A recent study by Pearson has shown that ‘uptalk’ can be detrimental for an individual. It has […]

How to Recognise a Distressed Company


How to Recognise a Distressed Company

Distressed Companies – a nasty business!  As a leader, you need to know where to look for the signs that indicate a distressed company. Often managers continue with a ‘business as usual’ approach without recognising that the parameters have changed and can be slow to realise that what used to work is not going to […]

Self-Reflection in Career Terms


Self-Reflection in Career Terms

Students incorporate self-reflection as part of their learning nowadays. It enables them to better understand, evaluate (both the subject & their performance), assess and provides an invaluable tool to self-regulate in the future. For those of us who are older, self-reflection is something that we have had to pick up along the way – either […]

The Essence of Great Decision Making


The Essence of Great Decision Making

Every few years, two very bright brothers – Stanford University professor Chip Heath and Dan, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Centre for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), distil decades of academic research into a tool kit for the rest of us.   As reported by McKinsey (April 2013), their new book, Decisive, looks at […]