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5 step framework with 15 most important variables that underpin cutting edge leadership conversations i explored in my studies.


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Added by Dr King Costa on August 27, 2015 at 14:04 — 1 Comment

SAQA update on qualifications registered on 30 July 2015

For members who have not yet subscribed to the SAQA update - this is a copy of the latest information - please see below on how to access information on latest additions to qualifications registered:

LATEST ADDITIONS - 24 August 2015…


Added by sylvia hammond on August 26, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Services SETA announcement: Re-registered Qualifications and Unit Standards

The following letter has been received from the Services SETA:

"18 August 2015

Dear Skills Development Providers

Re- Registration of Services SETA Qualifications and Unit Standards

This letter serves to inform Services SETA skills development providers that registered qualifications and unit standards which fall within the scope of Services SETA have been re- registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Qualifications and…


Added by sylvia hammond on August 25, 2015 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Managing your money the right way

What exactly is the right way to save money? Could there ever be a wrong way to save? If you’re only saving 5% of your income, then it’s wrong.  If you’re saving, but retract the money you’ve put in after a month because you “need” it, then it’s wrong. Changing bad habits are never easy, but the only way to change is the substitute that habit with a good one.

Take a good look at what is making you spend money on insignificant things you don’t need. Then challenge yourself to change…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 25, 2015 at 12:02 — No Comments

Economics & Entrepreneurship Inspired - I need a skill to stimulate the economy

It is indeed challenging to recognise the many opportunities that are facing South Africa and its citizens in-spite of various negative sources on how the country is managed.

South Africa is in a quantum leap situation and have to look at all socio-political and economic scenarios that will create sustainable and measurable opportunities and jobs in order to ensure more equality and stability. The business sectors and civil society need to be much more active in developing and…


Added by Moegsien Harris on August 25, 2015 at 10:18 — No Comments

Netiquette - a reminder of good manners

Netiquette refers to the ethical behaviour online. This also has a sub topic of what NOT to say online. The internet is an open highway where you are exposed by what you say.  As an example ranting on your Facebook page about how much you hate your job, or simply bad form and attacking peoples comments and being generally rude to others. Just because you are behind a keyboard does not mean that you are invisible. Bad behavior online can cost you your job and you can lose business! Here are…


Added by Tass Schwab on August 24, 2015 at 12:36 — No Comments

Paying your employees: A checklist for a pay-out service provider

A business exists so that it can bring in money. But equally important is being able to pay out money, particularly when it comes to paying your employees’ wages and salaries.

The right pay-out service provider helps you pay your employees, while protecting them and you. Choosing the right provider can be a headache if you don’t know what to look out for, so here we outline a basic checklist for you.


Both you and your employees…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 24, 2015 at 9:56 — No Comments

The relationship between HR and social media

One of the most important ways to keep track of people is to keep track of how they communicate. Today, we all use emails and cellphones, but also social media. With major platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we are broadcasting conversations, ideas, articles, views and so on that convey a deeper understanding of who we are. This could also convey potential employees, who display talent, intelligence or skills in areas you might find useful.

This is an area…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 18, 2015 at 15:23 — 4 Comments

Increase your staff productivity

It’s early morning and everyone is fresh and ready to get the first morning meeting out of the way. This is when it gets decided who is going to do what, with added motivation to get everyone fired up. Short and sweet.

But that’s not how it goes. Poorly managed meetings could end up ruining your business and keep employees away from what they’re being paid to do. People walk out of the boardroom with more work on their plate than what they could have accomplished in an hour. Meetings…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 18, 2015 at 11:12 — No Comments

Economic Driven Challenges For All Entrepreneurs & all Humanity.

It is realistic to assume that micro entrepreneurship can make a significant difference in creating opportunities for start-up businesses, and thereby creating essential jobs critical in the reduction of unemployment.

Mindset, however, will have to focus more on practical skills and labour intensive production and in spreading the profits more equitably with the workers. It is necessary that we spend more of our national resources in developing human skills and human capacities, build…


Added by Moegsien Harris on August 16, 2015 at 23:46 — No Comments

Skills they don’t teach you at school, but should know

 “Japanese elementary school students don’t get any exams until they reach grade four because the goal for the first three years of schools is not to judge the child’s knowledge or learning, but to develop responsibility, establish good manners and to develop their character.” – Arun Pandey

And then people wonder why their economy is thriving…

There are a few crucial life skills that you need to learn while you’re still young, so that you’re well-prepared for the world that’s…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 14, 2015 at 14:45 — 1 Comment

There is a Locust Leg under my Pap…. I have been invited to be one of the 9 Speakers at the Cape Town Pecha Kucha Speaker event on 18th August 2015. My talk ‘There is a Locust Leg under my Pap’ inspi…

There is a Locust Leg under my Pap….

I have been invited to be one of the 9 Speakers at the Cape Town Pecha Kucha Speaker event on 18th August 2015.

My talk ‘There is a Locust Leg under my Pap’ inspires people to take stock of their life experiences, to accept and embrace even some of the…


Added by Shoni Khangala on August 10, 2015 at 0:55 — No Comments

A guide to keeping retail employees happy

Tracy works for a well-known clothing label; the hours are long and her once pretty feet now looks like stale whole-wheat bread. She endures the harassment of pervy old men and she has come to learn that the customer is not always right. Tracy looks forward to month-end because then she gets employee discount, but what she really wants is to be valued for the work she does.

There are many Tracy’s out there. There could even be a Tracy in your store right now. She was once a star…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 7, 2015 at 9:00 — 2 Comments



Added by Epaphrus Senona on August 7, 2015 at 6:17 — No Comments

Generic Job competencies

Hi All

Hope there is someone out there who can assist.

I have been looking for a long time for generic or specific job competencies for jobs in the country.  E.g. the job competencies and skills needed for a PA, Security Guard, Finance Clerk, etc to do their jobs effectively.  At one stage there was a company building such a reference tool, but I have never heard of it again.  I am sure it is a big job to compile something like this, but something really needed and…


Added by Christine Maritz on August 4, 2015 at 14:52 — 1 Comment

Conflict of interest

I recently started doing some work as a verifier. As a provider in my own right is this a conflict of interest?  Being a registered provider I see as an advantage in relation to the verification function.

Conflict of Interest as defined by the United Nations Ethics committee

“An organizational conflict of interest arises…


Added by Des Squire on August 4, 2015 at 8:43 — 15 Comments

Use an employee’s strengths – whether extroverted or introverted

There is a lot of talk lately about what it means to be extroverted or introverted. Sometimes it seems like society prefers one to the other. For instance, the outgoing, confident extrovert was valorised for a long time, but now the understated qualities of the introvert are getting a lot of appreciation.

The truth is that no matter where someone falls on this line, their qualities and characteristics can work for them – especially in the workplace.

Extroversion versus…


Added by Chantel Harris on August 3, 2015 at 9:37 — No Comments

ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased

Most developers of learning materials are probably aware that the ServiceSETA adopted a new procedure for accreditation earlier this year. Where they previously evaluated the online application for compliance and then arranged a site visit during which the evaluator evaluated both the QMS and learning programmes for programme approval, they now first do a desktop evaluation of the documentation before arranging a site visit. The provider has to submit the QMS and learning materials in hard…


Added by Marie Smith on August 1, 2015 at 17:47 — 20 Comments

Introverts, business and effective growth

The long assumption has been that some people are shy and some others are outgoing; that people just are either of these, not a semblance of both. Yet, as we’ve all come to realise, people are too complicated to be considered one or the other - rather, we should talk about the kinds of behaviour we’re more likely to display, not what we will or always display.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Bernstein…


Added by Chantel Harris on July 30, 2015 at 14:46 — No Comments

How small businesses can get a head start

Not everyone will succeed when they start their small business; though it seems like everyone these days wants to try or has started, there just is no way they can all succeed. But business owners can take advantage by being prepared in smart ways. This will put them ahead of the curve and able to tackle any problem that might arise as they try find their feet in the competitive and/or crowded market.

Aside from having the right skills for your actual services, businesses must take an…


Added by Chantel Harris on July 30, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

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