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Good Ideas Alone Aren’t Enough

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Good Ideas Alone Aren’t Enough

  Winged cupcake emojis and Donald Trump tweets are not the only ‘creative’ contributions to social media these days. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have acted as global chalkboards on which the English language has been tweaked, tinkered with and at times overhauled. A friend is now a verb and numbers serve as 1daful substitutes for words altogether. But just before you think the corporate environment is above the #trending hype, think again. We also use our share of buzzwords like one-up wonders around the boardroom table....

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Ten Roles a CEO Must Play

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Ten Roles a CEO Must Play

  Today CEOs are expected to serve as experts in a wide range of areas – by their investors, their boards, their employees and the public. Stephen Miles, CEO of The Miles Group, which advises global organisations, their boards, and leadership teams, looks at the many hats CEOs must wear in today’s environment. “The CEO position is more complex than it ever has been, and CEOs must have a much broader and deeper skill set to tackle this complexity,” Stephen says. “The incredibly fast paced and demanding market means that leaders must take...

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The Talent Challenge

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The Talent Challenge

  One of the greatest challenges facing Christchurch businesses is retaining the managers and executives that have been brought in or grown as a result of the rebuild. The city’s post-quake boom is still a unique selling point for Canterbury businesses wanting to attract highly qualified candidates to their organisation. Professionals want to be a part of the once in a lifetime opportunity that the rebuild represents – and which the post-quake economic strength provides. Christchurch has a lot to offer right now and in the medium to long...

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5 Signs You Need an Attitude Adjustment

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5 Signs You Need an Attitude Adjustment

A bad mood and a bad attitude are not the same thing, but the former is undoubtedly a precursor for the latter. A bad attitude develops gradually; we get into bad moods for various reasons and these bad vibes build upon each to develop a bad attitude. Worse still, bad attitudes are contagious. Don’t become a statistic in the pity party pandemic – if you are experiencing some (or all) of the following symptoms, you could well be in need of an attitude adjustment. 1. Everything irritates you And by everything we mean everything: the grocery...

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When to Give a Damn

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When to Give a Damn

  T.S Eliot was on to something when he scribed “teach us to care and not to care”. But what exactly did he mean? The onus here is differentiating the damn-worthy from the damned. When is giving a damn justified, and when is it not? The art of not caring To not give a damn doesn’t mean to be indifferent or lack belief or passion. It means not cashing in our damns on life’s trivialities (aka concern, aka time and energy). You save these damns for stuff that actually matters; the personal, cultural, social, emotional, physical or financial...

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The Magic of Regular Feedback

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The Magic of Regular Feedback

  You might recognise some of the following “myths” about Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) and that they are somehow “different” such as: •    Wanting to make positive difference to the world with their work •    Seeking personal meaning through work •    Valuing work-life balance •    Valuing learning and growth over remuneration. Research conducted in 2014 found that Millennials are not as different as the media would have us believe. We are all pretty much the same with respect to our alignment (or otherwise) with the...

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10 Traits All Good Leaders Have

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10 Traits All Good Leaders Have

There’s no easy answer for how to be a good leader. Different approaches work for different individuals, but if we look at some of the notable leaders of the past and present there is, unsurprisingly, distinct characteristics they all share. 1. Courage Aristotle spoke of courage as the first virtue. Many speak of it as the backbone of leadership. Leaders need to be decisive yet inclusive, innovative yet reasoned, selfless yet confident – all of which takes courage. The good news is that courage can be learned, according to author, speaker and...

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Water Worries

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Water Worries

  If there’s one thing needed to sustain an economy, it’s water. Without a stable supply of fresh, clean water, eco-systems would die, agriculture would collapse, infrastructure would stagnate and there would be a high rate of disease. By proxy, this makes water the most precious commodity on our planet. With that in mind, protecting and preserving our fresh water sources should be a national priority. So is it? The question needs to be asked because a chain of climactic events appears to be threatening the vitality and stability...

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Beating the Mid-winter Blues

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Beating the Mid-winter Blues

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder, winter can be a challenging time in the office, affecting both employee productivity and performance. Industry expert, Eugene De Villiers, highlights the challenges and opportunities that come with the new season, and provides key tips on how employers can help combat the midwinter workplace blues. The winter-blues are a real issue in today’s workplace. Research has found that the ‘blues’ are not only characterised by an increase of cold and flu symptoms, but in more serious...

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Happy Days

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Happy Days

  Encouraging fun and play in the workplace is essential for today’s business to be successful. Team building and corporate culture expert, Dwain Richardson, who has dedicated his career to bringing fun and games into businesses across Australasia, says a fun workplace culture has many and varied benefits. “It will actually increase the productivity of staff even if there is time set aside for ‘play’ activities,” Dwain says. “A work culture that is fun will also increase staff engagement, foster creativity, promote teamwork and lift...

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