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May 2009 Blog Posts (56)

Stress-less Strategies

2009.06.01.StresslessStrategies.pdf

Thank you for taking Key Steps to "be the difference that makes the difference"

Added by Sharon Anderson King on May 30, 2009 at 12:28 — No Comments


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A simple pot of tea.

I remember, many years ago, when tea leaves were used to make tea. A teapot often came with a beautiful snug cover, called a tea cosy, just to keep the teapot warm. There was even a mini industry - where the local grandmothers would compete with each other to create the best and most beautiful tea cosies .



Tea making was an art, and many long discussions went around the process. Some people warmed the pot first, others put their tea in first - others the hot water. There were… Continue

Added by Brian V Moore on May 28, 2009 at 7:54 — 8 Comments


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How SPOOKY

I opened my personal email account to check my mail. To my surprise i received 4 emails from so called recruiting companies requesting my CV, a good copy of my ID, as well as any other documents, such as certificates and / or reference letters, that can support my application.



The scary thought is, Firstly i have not applied for any positions and secondly it is not so long ago i read on the Skills- Universe about this recruiting scam. Now my question is: how did they get my email? An… Continue

Added by Bronwyn Newman on May 26, 2009 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Grilled cheese and all-nighters: what really counts in a CEO

There is a rumour that Warren Buffet went to a fifteen-course Japanese banquet and ate nothing – because he only eats spaghetti, hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. But do CEOs need to be charismatic, people-pleasing demagogues just because an empire rests on their shoulders?



Steven Kaplan, Mark Klebanov and Morten Sorensen recently completed a study called “Which C.E.O. Characteristics and Abilities Matter?” In it, they looked at 316 CEOs and their companies’ performances, and… Continue

Added by Caitlin Smythe on May 25, 2009 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Tertiary institutions

What might the future hold for private universities in South Africa? What makes a private university credible?

Added by Joanette Terblanche on May 24, 2009 at 21:28 — No Comments

Will our 2010 service delivery score an own goal?

RO's article service perception.doc

2010 provides us with an opportunity to showcase our country and our talents; all visitors will need to check into hotels and boarding establishments, and they'll all need to eat and drink. Riaan Oosthuizen's article - previously published on www.hotelandrestaurant.co.za - asks whether… Continue

Added by sylvia hammond on May 23, 2009 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Ken Blanchard on Boss Watching - 'Are You A Duck or an Eagle'

In my previous BLOG I wrote about reactive energy - working for the boss rather than the customer or stakeholder. Here Ken makes the point far more eloquently… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 23, 2009 at 19:07 — No Comments

Pathological Organization Cultures? - Fear and Guilt

The fear and guilt culture is not unique in organizational life. It could be argued that, given the legacy of Taylorism, that still prevails in many organizations, fear and guilt is often a preferred method of motivating employees. Think for a moment how performance management systems are designed and implemented…



My opinion is that pathology sets in when fear and guilt are used exclusively to effect social control over employees/members, and where ex-communication is the ultimate… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 23, 2009 at 10:53 — No Comments

Quality and risk management systems

Dear All

Is your company ready to implement HACCP and ISO? you can contact Wofgang Huber at Isologic. Website is www.isologic. co.za.

Added by Yolanda Smith on May 22, 2009 at 12:35 — No Comments

Pathological Organization Cultures? - The Closed System

In a previous BLOG I introduced the idea that organizational cultures can, in certain instances, be pathological in nature. While further research is possibly necessary, the observations of this Blogger on consulting and training projects show that this area is ripe for further investigation. A basic question in respect of pathological organization cultures would be what constitutes pathology? At first glance it could be argued that it is when the organization, as a social system, due to the… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 21, 2009 at 16:37 — 2 Comments

Changes in store for university courses

New Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has signalled his intention to look into university curricula in an effort to make them more relevant to South Africa.



“Curriculum is a deep, deep challenge – it is one of the most immediate things that we’ve got to tackle,” Nzimande said this week.



“While it relates to the international, global world, it is also a curriculum that is rooted in our own reality in terms of culture and developmental… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on May 21, 2009 at 10:30 — 12 Comments

PREPARATION FOR RETIREMENT

Does your company prepare you for retirement?



Your job defines who you are. A job gives you an identity, meaning and a sense of competence. Retiring from a job involves more than simply ending a career. Work also provides goals and challenges, routines, social activities, financial security and if you are lucky social support and a sense of belonging. We may have expectations of retirement and after retiring, find that the reality is not what was expected.



I would like to… Continue

Added by Ansie Fourie on May 20, 2009 at 12:31 — No Comments

How Are You Using Future Trend Analysis In Your Business?

I am a researcher for Shaping Tomorrow - www.shapingtomorrow.com - and I was wondering how you use future trends in your business. Since the credit crunch we are operating in a new world of business and if you are not aware of this then you may well be left behind.

Your thoughts and insights will be appreciated.

Added by Myles Hopkins on May 19, 2009 at 14:52 — No Comments

Onboarding insights: a little human touch

Onboarding or inclusion in the business world is about ensuring every employee brings their number one game to work, with the end result of an engaged workforce and a lucrative enterprise.



A dictionary definition of inclusion reads: “A sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.”



In a South African context, when a layer of cultural diversity is added to the… Continue

Added by Caitlin Smythe on May 19, 2009 at 14:47 — No Comments

Quality Assurance IT and Fine Arts - Frustrated SDF currently

Good day all,



I have become rather frustrated with the admin process at MERSETA. I have sent numerous emails to the Quality Assurer at MERSETA to conclude last years Learnership. I did email Dr. R Patel, and at least one learnership is on the way to completition I hope. It's been 3months and counting...



I need to source a Quality Assurer to assess and moderate a Learnership of IT and Fine Arts. Does anyone have any SETA contacts to assist with this?



Thank… Continue

Added by Nizima Cassim - Sayed on May 19, 2009 at 8:43 — No Comments

Pathological Organization Cultures?

In 2005 I worked on a mining project in one of our neighboring countries. During this time I started wondering whether certain organization cultures can be regarded as pathological. If one takes the general definition of organization culture as the system of meaning , “the way we do things here” . Further that this system is a function of learning then the artifacts of culture include the values (not espoused but in action), the norms, behaviors and even the physical environment (Edgar… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 18, 2009 at 20:28 — 2 Comments

Personal Mastery

While we often refer to personal mastery more in a motivational sense it is indeed an important capability not only for leaders but also career minded people who regard their work as a profession.



Modern society whether developed or developing has created pressures that were not part of yesteryear. For example, the HeartMath Institute indicates that in the 1950's it was regarded sufficient to have one telephone available for every fifty government employees. Today, according to their… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 17, 2009 at 20:16 — 3 Comments


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Scams in the recruitment environment

Fax Scam!

I am still receiving feedback from candidates who receive an unsolicited email requesting them to fax their updated CV and supporting documents (which generally includes ID, Drivers licence and certificates). The fax number 086 email to fax number and in some cases they also claim to be contacting you from one of the larger recruitment agencies! Unfortunately scammers use this information to steel your identity and qualifications and in the worse case marry you off or open… Continue

Added by Denise Mc Creadie on May 15, 2009 at 17:15 — 3 Comments

Ownership and Empowerment – Keys to Successful Change

One often hears project team members, HR and OD practitioners bemoan the fact that the business do not want to take ownership for a new system, structure or other initiative. Because lack of ownership is often a problem, practitioners should consider practical strategies to address this issue. Some of the questions that need to be answered to come up with a practical framework include the following:



Do stakeholders receive relevant information about the envisaged… Continue

Added by Phil de Kock on May 14, 2009 at 19:41 — No Comments

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