Committed to learning? Get outside your comfort zone Robots and artificial intelligence software may almost render human workers obsolete in the future. It will take a while for that to happen (between 30 and 50 years), but we need to prepare ourselves for this world where the nature of the work we do, and the

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Business as a force for good

Business as a force for good

Monday, 20 March 2017 by

Business as a force for good Big and small businesses must be a force for good to really improve society but big businesses need to work harder at this, finds a UK study. Investing in young people can help. Our latest blog takes a closer look. Public trust in business is low. Businesses must address

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Build your influence at work

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 by

Influence is the new currency at work. We are said to influence more than a hundred people, on average, every day! Building your influence at work raises your profile, and getting noticed can be an important precursor for a successful career within the organisation. Having influence is also related to having impact. You can influence

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Masculinity could ruin you!

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 by

A message for top women managers … Masculinity could ruin you! by Mosima Selekisho* Many women managers have found that getting in touch with their masculine side is one way of getting to the top. But in future it may no longer be the best career option. In fact, in the long term it could

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How HR can WOW! the business and stay on the (b)risk side of management! BY IMPROVID For the past few decades, HR has been under scrutiny for many reasons. Perhaps the most important one is, the question of the value of the profession and the speed it executes at. As Ulrich rightfully commented in a

Set your sights high for 2017, Part 1

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 by

You are the CEO of your own career. So says Liz Ryan, founder of The Human Workplace. And we think she is right. Going to work each day is a good way to pay your bills. But just showing up from nine to five, or six, or seven does not constitute managing your career. Why

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Employee Comms – 5 things to think about Why is employee communications so important? According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK, effective internal communications is essential for trust in the organization. It impacts employee engagement, the culture of the organization and productivity levels. But many employees do not feel

5 tips for inspiring your employees

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 by

5 tips for inspiring your employees  “Companies … that are heavily reliant on the relationships and skills of their most talented employees risk financial ruin when they neglect their top performers.  – Jason Evanish We hear the figures all the time. Losing talented employees costs us. And that’s especially the case when times are tough.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 by

Are self-employed workers getting the short end of the stick? Both employers and workers are continuing to move towards a more temporary and independent workforce, according to EY Research. Why would employers move towards a more contingent workforce? Key reasons are cited as: Making use of capability that does not exist in the permanent workforce

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Feedback – the ‘gift’

Monday, 19 December 2016 by

Feedback – the ‘gift’ Have you heard of feedback as a gift? The thinking, as described by Carole Robin, director of Leadership Fellows at Stanford Graduate School of Business, is that when you ask for feedback, and you get it, that presents a chance for you to learn and improve. It is better to have