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The Coaching Conundrum…to be coached or not…?

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The Coaching Conundrum…to be coached or not…?

In recent weeks, I have had some discussions with a good friend and his plans for 2016. To my surprise I was told he is planning to summit Kilimanjaro in August! To many, this may seem like a relatively ‘doable’ challenge as the route does not look particularly steep or requiring in depth experience in mountaineering or climbing. To most it looks like a medium to hard hike through forest, moorland and desert terrain, with the summit hike being on ...

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2016…New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities…

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2016…New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities…

As 2016 begins in earnest and the previously vacationed masses return to work and school, a host of new thoughts begin to rear their head in the world of business and human capital…new legislation, new hires, structural shifts, new projects, strategic personnel movements, remuneration strategy in a suffering economy…the list goes on. While the year ahead may already seem daunting and that recent beach break a distant memory, stay  positively focussed on the opportunities ahead, which are often well hidden ...

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Management Survival Tip 9: The Golden Triangle of Transformational Legislation…

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Management Survival Tip 9: The Golden Triangle of Transformational Legislation…

I cannot believe the year of 2015 is almost at an end…and what an interesting year it has been in many spheres, not least of all that of labour legislation in South Africa.

2015 saw the overhaul and amendment of the Labour Relations Act (LRA), Employment Equity Act (EEA) and the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment codes (B-BBEE). These amendments and changes brought with them far reaching implications for business in South Africa, how they will continue to operate and whether ...

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Employment Equity Reporting: Ignore it at your peril…

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Employment Equity Reporting: Ignore it at your peril…

In recent news, more than 1000 companies, some which are listed, have been earmarked to be dragged to court for failing to comply with the Employment Equity reporting regulations. This failure to report or accurately report, severely hampers the mission to correct under and mis-representation in certain employment categories, especially for marginalised groups.

The Department of Labour has reviewed the penalties for non-compliance and these are now up to R1.5M or 2% of turnover, whichever is the greater. This could effectively ...

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Management Survival Tip 6: Labour Law Amendments – What They Mean for Employers and Business

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Contract

Understanding the applicable laws that govern certain elements of the workplace are crucial to all managers. You do not have to achieve a Masters degree in Labour Law, yet it’s vitally important that as a manager you understand the various laws, their overarching purpose and how they apply to employees and employers.

The last 6 months has seen sweeping and substantive changes ...

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Management Survival Tip 8: The Martial Art of Management

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Kendoka

 

I have recently begun learning and practicing an ancient Japanese martial art called ‘Kendo – The Way of the Sword’. Kendo is regarded as a ‘sport’ which imitates the precise art of samurai fighting. Any Google search will find you hundreds of resources researching the subject and its philosophies.

The training sessions are physically challenging but the real battle is mental. One ...

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The Entrepreneurship Chronicles…Taking Small Businesses Seriously….

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The last few weeks have been very interesting and have prompted me to share my thoughts… Attibility was approached via a referral to assist a company with some labour dispute issues. I guess the case follows the usual storyline I often come across… employer hires employee and fails to set up a legal contract (the ‘contract’ was on a half page letter)…employee has an ’emotional outburst’ at some point in front of a customer and employer summarily dismisses employee…no process, ...

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Management Survival Tip 5: The Law is The Law

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Law 2Understanding the applicable laws that govern certain elements of the workplace are crucial to all managers. You do not have to achieve a Masters degree in Labour Law, yet it’s vitally important that as a manager you understand the various laws, their overarching purpose and how they apply to employees and employers.

Unfortunately, I have seen far too ...

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Management Survival Tips No.4: Strategy before all else…

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If you do not know where you are headed, no map will help you…this age old adage’ still rings true for business. As you embark on a new year filled with challenges, opportunities and lessons, you need to ensure there is a well considered plan for the business on the road ahead.

Business performance can only be measured and managed if we ...

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Management Survival Tips No.3

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Know the Numbers…

It’s not just the CFO or the Finance division who deals with spreadsheets, figures, and the financial side of the business. As a line manager or department head, you’re going to have to analyze a spreadsheet at some point, or have some form of financial recording or reporting to do as part of your job description. However, if you feel baffled by balance sheets, or confused by cash flow ...

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Management Survival Tips No.2

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Know Yourself and others…

introspection21One of the greatest assets a manager can possess is self awareness. As managers, we need to understand ourselves, our personalities, our management and conflict styles and how we typically deal with others in the working environment. Only then can we lessen our blind spots and truly understand team members, peers and seniors. Once we become open to ...

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New Management Survival Tips No.1

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Watch…Learn…Understand…Practice…Master

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As a new manager, you’ll often feel tempted to overhaul and start afresh. Be cautious, as there’s so much you might not know or be aware of. Rather than risk moving too fast too soon, spend time observing, listening, and learning. Keep a log of questions and ideas you have that may improve the business, division or your team. Understand what’s ...

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Flying Solo…Part 1

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Towards the end of 2013, I found myself in an interesting, if not terrifying position…I was faced with having to spread my own wings under my business and try and fly solo. But let me start at the beginning and create context…

My journey began once I left a relatively senior corporate position in a large parastatal in 2005, once the politicking and bureaucracy got the better of me and forced me to make some tough decisions, after a successful 10 ...

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Flying Solo – Part 2

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Flying Solo – Part 2 – The Journey Continues…
Another six months on and I can hardly believe the time has passed so quickly…it has been a blur of activity and I find myself lucky enough to spare the time to pen some thoughts on how my journey has been since I last wrote Flying Solo.
I have to begin by being exceptionally grateful for myself and Attibility still being around after a year or so of going it alone ...

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IPM Conference 2013

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Attibility Human Capital made their debut as exhibitors at the IPM Convention in Sun City on Sunday, 03 November!

Video Recruit was being showcased and this was a perfect opportunity to bring the product and the Attibility brand out from under cover and let it grab some limelight! There were exhibitors from all apects of the human capital arena, mostly promoting their organisations and the solutions they offer clients.

One of the themes at the convention seemed to be customisable training and ...

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