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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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Ian Webster and Michelle Shippel are now friends
Apr 1

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Ian Webster commented on Michelle Shippel's blog post 4 Steps To More Meaningful Conversations
"Thanks Michelle. I came across a sign on a university administration office wall: 'I am responsible for what I say.I am not responsible for what you understand.' Exactly the arrogant thinking that GBS had in mind, methinks."
Apr 1

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

Managing repeat offenders in the workplace

I am often asked to help deal with a troublesome employee where the ‘trouble’ has been going on for some time. But there is no record of any previous counselling or disciplinary action. Can anything be done?In a small organisation, or where happy relationships between staff and managers are the norm, minor slipups are often…See More
Mar 31

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Do Private Training Service Providers need to train to be lawyers?
"Oh, alright. Never too late to start — pass it over Jacqui"
Mar 27

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Do Private Training Service Providers need to train to be lawyers?
"This is frightening, Sylvia. Thanks for doing so much work on it. I'm just going outside to shoot myself — anyone one want to join me??"
Mar 27

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Youth Unemployment and scarce skills – is there a better alternative to SA skills policies?
"Not from here. Perhaps they've been warned about me?? I've tried Chrome and Internet Explorer. You get options in a blue 'access options' box:  Preview View full text Download full text Each of them leads to: Sorry, you do…"
Mar 10

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Youth Unemployment and scarce skills – is there a better alternative to SA skills policies?
"I think one has to register on the Taylor and Francis website before one gains access to the free material."
Mar 10

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Youth Unemployment and scarce skills – is there a better alternative to SA skills policies?
"Yes, we tend to think the grass is always greener elsewhere. True, I was thinking of apprenticeships in organisations that  require and use qualified artisans. But, of course, there are plenty of companies that want the skills without the cost."
Mar 10

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Youth Unemployment and scarce skills – is there a better alternative to SA skills policies?
"Thanks Sylvia, on the ball as always! I'm too far away, but would be interested in his take. As I see it, any provider-driven initiative (whether State or private providers) is likely to have limited impact because it is never easy to know what…"
Mar 10
Paula Whitaker commented on Ian Webster's blog post The Dusi Canoe Marathon and your business
"What a great concept! Refreshing and useful, thank you for sharing! "
Feb 28

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

The Dusi Canoe Marathon and your business

I watched the first few hundred boats through the second weir of the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon a couple of weeks back. It’s a good place to be — the paddlers are still fresh and full of energy for their three-day journey, and they are close enough together for one to see plenty of action as they shoot through the narrow channel.Here are five valuable business lessons I learned as I…See More
Feb 27

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Where does it say that a company of more than 50 employees needs a training committee? in the group Skills Development Facilitators
"Interesting Sylvia, Thank you. I have always gone on the original Regulation and, having been in the same company all those years, didn't have any need to change. The company I am consulting for has more than 50 employees but has no recognition…"
Feb 25

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

A professional image: is your website letting you down?

Most of us, searching for customers and trying to make a great first impression, pay a lot of attention to our ‘front of house’, whatever that might mean in our particular enterprise. It might mean spotless cutlery, bright uniforms, polished floors, or friendly greetings.But our real ‘front of house’ is a place we…See More
Feb 18

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Ian Webster liked Des Squire's blog post A thought for Valentines day
Feb 18

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Gaboutlwelwe Dennis Nyengwa liked Ian Webster's blog post Managing people, making a difference
Feb 17

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Ian Webster replied to Gerrit Davids's discussion HR Indaba: Free Attendance in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"Thanks, Gerrit, where?"
Feb 13

Ian Webster's Blog

Managing repeat offenders in the workplace

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 12:31 0 Comments

I am often asked to help deal with a troublesome employee where the ‘trouble’ has been going on for some time. But there is no record of any previous counselling or disciplinary action. Can anything be done?

In a small organisation, or where happy relationships between staff and managers are the norm, minor…

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The Dusi Canoe Marathon and your business

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 16:00 1 Comment

I watched the first few hundred boats through the second weir of the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon a couple of weeks back. It’s a good place to be — the paddlers are still fresh and full of energy for their three-day journey, and they are close enough together for one to see plenty of action as they shoot through the narrow channel.

Here are five valuable business…

Continue

A professional image: is your website letting you down?

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:56 0 Comments

Most of us, searching for customers and trying to make a great first impression, pay a lot of attention to our ‘front of house’, whatever that might mean in our particular enterprise. It might mean spotless cutlery, bright uniforms, polished floors, or friendly greetings.

But our…

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Managing people, making a difference

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:06 0 Comments

Managing people within the South African labour-legislation framework can become a nightmare of us versus them, management against the unions, the boss cajoling employees. It may be any or all of these, but that is not where it starts or where it has to…

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At 12:38pm on August 19, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Happy birthday Ian - thank you for your valued contribution to our skills-universe and best wishes for a wonderful year - from the skills-universe team
At 9:42pm on September 14, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Hi Ian, I do so enjoy your sense of humour - please don't go away - at the end of a frustrating day you really made me chuckle :) sylvia
At 11:39am on August 19, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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happy birthday Ian from the skills-universe team
At 2:12pm on August 13, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Good luck and best wishes for your new venture and new life
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
At 9:13 on January 21, 2011,
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Des Squire
said…
It's Brits, just outside of dublin in Ireland - Ha ha- 
At 9:55 on July 1, 2010,
Expert Advisor
Des Squire
said…
Hi Ian
Many thanks for the thought and in particular the prayers. God Bless.
Des
At 10:24 on June 10, 2010,
Expert Advisor
Des Squire
said…
Hi Ian
I have just re posted the document for you. Des
At 15:53 on June 8, 2010, Lisa Hayes said…
Thanks for your feedback Ian, I'll let you know if I get started and maybe we can work together?
 
 
 

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