Connect the dots…

In my last article entitled “Improving leadership potential” I wrote about the need to have clarity about expectation and current state. The diagnostic phase… Having undertaken rigorous diagnosis, attention now moves to the process of ‘shifting the needle’… One of my best friends and a genuine mentor for many years, Glenn Dobson, owns the KONA…
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How to consistently SELECT future High Performers!

There can be no doubt that choosing the right people for the right jobs is one of the most important contributors to organisational effectiveness. However, in many organisations, rather than being systematic and using sound, objective evidence, the recruitment selection process is a relatively unstructured, intuitive and gut-feel process. The problem with this approach is…
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Is Anyone displaying Courageous Leadership anymore?

We have Australian politicians that are more preoccupied with being right and always disagreeing with the opposing party, than they are with improving the lives of all Australians. Just once I would like to hear a politician say that someone on the opposing side had a great idea and that it would be supported. Just…
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How to Attract Better Quality Candidates

One of the greatest challenges that business owners and managers face is the employee selection process, with most approaching it with trepidation and sometimes outright fear. Unfortunately this fear is well founded as the traditional recruitment process of resume, interview and reference checking only delivers a future high performing employee 26% of the time. However,…
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10 Tips for Implementing a Social Media Recruiting Strategy

 One of the fastest-growing recruiting trends in recent years has been social recruiting—searching and scouting people on social media networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter—to fill open positions. With billions of people using social networks, it’s no wonder that recruiters are turning to them to find potential candidates. If you’ve never done social recruiting…
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Goods for Greater Good!

As many of you will have seen on LinkedIn we recently announced our partnership with NFP Good360 Australia. We’ll be providing a range of people capital services to them, assisting them to attract, select, develop and retain high-performers, all pro-bono. Good360 connects charities with businesses looking to donate excess non-perishable stock (kitchenware, clothing, furniture, Manchester,…
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If only Employees were Cars!!

(an analogy that will make you rethink your current employee selection processes) Australian managers rate about one quarter of their employees as high performers, about 50% as being adequate to very good and the final one quarter as being not-yet-competent (sub-standard). Which beggars the question:   WHY??? Why do business owners and managers accept such poor outcomes…
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GOOGLE: An interview with Laszlo Bock (Google’s Snr VP – People Operations)

Recently the ABC’s “WorkLife” Program conducted a very insightful podcast with Laszlo Bock and others on “Let’s improve the way we hire people” (listen).   The key message through this podcast is that the vast majority of employers are not very successful at selecting future high performers because their selection processes are less than adequate.…
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When do your managers really need an external coach?

There are three indisputable facts when it comes to providing coaching and training to managers and employees: We know that about half of the training is wasted, we just don’t know which half We find it hard to justify using an external resource, mainly due to us not wanting to admit we can’t do it…
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