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Marketing Officer

Started Jul 26, 2010 0 Replies

Although Pietermaritzburg is the provincial capital we do struggle sometimes for qualified staff.We are looking for a qualified and experienced Marketing Officer to work in a Newspaper company. Any…Continue

 

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Tell us about what you do
I'm passionate about developing people
I am a consultant offering training and coaching in people management and business communication, help with writing and editing (policies, contracts, conference papers, etc.) and general HR/IR consulting.
(see www.simplycommunicate.co.za)
What companies or organisations are you with?
Simply Communicate Consulting; Shuter and Shooter Publishing (HR Consultant); PROTEC Pietermaritzburg Academy

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CARMEN NEWMAN and Ian Webster are now friends
Nov 15

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Ian Webster replied to Dave Muir's discussion A gaggle of geese, a herd of sheep, a ????? of incompetents!
"Pierre, I wouldn't like to diminish your chances of getting your material approved, but calling a parastatal incompetent is actually being generous. I am afraid that the real problem is not incompetence (which is a failure of management rather…"
Nov 7

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Ian Webster replied to Dave Muir's discussion A gaggle of geese, a herd of sheep, a ????? of incompetents!
"A botch of incompetents, perhaps? I can think of others, but they are not so polite. You must be incredibly frustrated. And no one cares! There is such disdain for the consequences of administrative failure. Good luck Ian"
Nov 7

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Ian Webster replied to Maphuthi Sekwaila's discussion Salary adjustment vs Increased Employee Numbers in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"Hi Maphuthi, There is no requirement on any company to pay anything above what is agreed in the contract of employment. Of course the employee can argue for some accommodation: if you want me to work harder, then meet me with the pay. And if they…"
Nov 5

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Ian Webster replied to Rolf Kühnast's discussion Workshop cancellation fees in the group Independent Consultants
"I'm new at the game, but I agree with Tass. I have also asked for and received up-front payment. So far, so good. Even a water-tight contract would require you to follow up in court to collect."
Oct 6

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Ian Webster added a discussion to the group Independent Consultants
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Networking Advice from a clown

Rodney Marks commented on a discussion in the LinkedIn group, Corporate Comedy. He gave this advice to an aspirant corporate comedian. Adapted here and there, it is sound advice for any independent consultant, starting out or well established.Marks wrote:(1) Your LinkedIn profile is better than a business card, more verifiable than a website. Invest some time in getting it to represent you in a persuasive manner. Upgrade to the level that's about A$27/month. There is plenty of info online about…See More
Sep 15

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

Putting people first in Alan Paton country

I was privileged to spend three days recently in Ixopo running a workshop for ward councillors. Driving through that magnificent, though presently brown and dusty, countryside, I was reminded of Alan Paton’s words,‘There is a lovely road which runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass covered and…See More
Sep 15

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Labour Relations Amendment Act to be promulgated once Regulations complete in the group Industrial and Employment Relations
"Thanks for the clarification, Sylvia. I wondered"
Aug 19
Ian Webster received a gift from sylvia hammond
Aug 19

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Ian Webster was featured
Aug 19

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Ian Webster liked sylvia hammond's discussion Book Launch Education, Economy and Society
Jul 22

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Ian Webster commented on Chantel Harris's blog post Should You Hire that out-of-town Candidate?
"Thanks for the post. Even when the reason for relocating is genuine – spouse has a job here, mother is sick, etc. – one should be cautious. Your job might just be the first one on the horizon that gets the applicant into the area. They…"
Jul 16

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion How to join - and stay - a member of skills-universe in the group The Help Desk
"Well I never. And on the Skills Universe website! Nice to have a little fun where usually we only discuss bare facts to get to the naked truth. But when you strip away the seriousness, and undress the pretence, you expose a real live human…"
Jul 11

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion How to join - and stay - a member of skills-universe in the group The Help Desk
"It is a good idea. Just as long as you don't do old Police File checks on the rest of us...... :) Fantastic growth. Why 10,000? "
Jul 11

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Department of Labour increase Earnings Threshold effective 1 July 2014 in the group Industrial Relations
"We'll let her off the hook this time :) I looked on the DoL site but didn't see this there. I saw one for last year's increase. Ah, well. At least we know. Thanks, Sylvia."
Jul 4

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Department of Labour increase Earnings Threshold effective 1 July 2014 in the group Industrial Relations
"Interesting, because it should then be invalid as per section 4: 4)Before the Minister issues a notice in terms of subsection (3), the Minister must-- a)publish in the Gazette a draft of the proposed notice; and b)invite interested persons…"
Jul 4

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Putting people first in Alan Paton country

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:00 0 Comments

I was privileged to spend three days recently in Ixopo running a workshop for ward councillors. Driving through that magnificent, though presently brown and dusty, countryside, I was reminded of Alan Paton’s words,

‘There is a lovely road which runs from Ixopo into the…

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Simply Communicate? What can they do?

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:32 0 Comments

How do you introduce yourself and your business? How can we make ourselves heard above the noise and, once heard, remembered?

I put my story into a poem and won a lunch at our local chamber of business for the effort.

It’s a bit of a mess, I think you’ll agree.…

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How sick is your sick leave?

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 0 Comments

Most managers have a love-hate relationship with sick leave. We want to be understanding and compassionate – after all, as employees will tell you, they don’t ask to be sick. On the other hand, sickness seldom strikes at…

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Workers’ Day: integrating new employees

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:01 0 Comments



It was Worker’s day last week – May Day as it is known elsewhere. A day for workers to take it easy, relax, ignore their work and do their own thing. Of course, the cynical among us might say, ‘Isn’t that what they do every day?’

If that is what we get from our employees, we have to ask what we as…

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At 2:52pm on August 19, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 13:05 on May 21, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Sorry for the delayed reply, it has been very busy. Yes, my colleague, Abi and I will meet you at Mugg & Bean, Pinecrest Centre tomorrow at 14h30. Please won't you also send me your cell number, just incase there is any problem. Tx

At 8:43 on May 15, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Maritzburg is sometghing of a foreign country to me. I was there last month and managed to get totally lost. I am based in New Germany/ Pinetown, so the Pinecrest Centre in Pinetown would be most convenient.

At 8:18 on May 15, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Hi Ian, yes, I remember those TMS discussions well. I never did hear from Jeanette. It is very exciting that you are now freelancing & consulting and it makes me realise I really need to catch up on this forum more frequently! It would be great to meet up and have a cuppa coffee sometime. All the best!

At 12:38pm on August 19, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 9:42pm on September 14, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 11:39am on August 19, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 2:12pm on August 13, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 20:02 on March 22, 2012, Carl Muller said…

We need facilitators in KZN. Preferably Zulu speaking. 

R300 to R1000/hour. We will train you.

Self-Empowerment

Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile
Explain and apply the concept, principles and theories of motivation in a leadership context.

carl@vulamehlo.co.za

At 12:32 on March 11, 2011, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…
It sounds like Jeanette may be able to help us out :-) Definately worth a shot! I see that you are in Pmb - not too far north of Durban :-) Maybe we could also get together to discuss in more depth what we want from a TMS and how we would prefer it to work.
Regards, Tracey
 
 
 

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