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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 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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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Department of Labour increase Earnings Threshold effective 1 July 2014 in the group Industrial Relations
"Thanks Sylvia. This has come as a surprise, and with immediate effect, too. Was there any warning from the DoL that I missed?"
Jul 4

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Ian Webster and Heather Brown are now friends
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Ian Webster posted a blog post

Simply Communicate? What can they do?

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. So, Simply Communicate; that’s who to see – Training for…See More
Jun 26

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Ian Webster replied to Heather Brown's discussion How do you break into the wonderful world of Training? in the group Independent Consultants
"Hi Heather, Sorry no one responded to this one. I am in much the same boat, but a couple of years ahead of you. You've started the process by asking here. Go find yourself some independent contractors, whether HR consultants, training…"
Jun 26

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Ian Webster replied to Lynel Farrell's discussion WIX.COM have you tried it?
"I'm with Heather. WordPress is a breeze. even for me and I know none of the background stuff. I started with a blog on WordPress some years ago and when I started my own business I had a professional create my website using Wordpress. Now I…"
Jun 26

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Ian Webster replied to Cas Olivier's discussion Can a country be built without thinking skills? in the group Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices
"Yes, but Cas, that's the problem, isn't it. All that takes far too long! Just give them the answer. Then we can get on to the next question and make sure we all pass the exams – after all, isn't that what it's all about,…"
Jun 23

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

How sick is your sick leave?

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 a convenient time, and there is never any notice. The manager gets a phone call in the morning…See More
Jun 23

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Ian Webster replied to Cas Olivier's discussion Can a country be built without thinking skills? in the group Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices
"Part of the problem is that we (parents, teachers, managers) don't really like people to think, in case they get ideas different from ours. We only want them to think like us. Hence your teacher, Cas – in that case, 'Think!'…"
Jun 23

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Ian Webster liked Des Squire's discussion Unity in diversity
Jun 20

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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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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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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
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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
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It's Brits, just outside of dublin in Ireland - Ha ha- 
 
 
 

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