In the Media

Following the numbers – Financial Acumen

Leadership and management teams need to have business acumen, not just vision and leadership skills. I made this point when I was the guest speaker at a recent, Leadership in the Spotlight seminar held locally. Leaders and managers need people skills, implementation skills and, importantly, financial and numeracy skills. At the seminar, the discussion turned…

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Time to pull the plug on old school reviews

USELESS: Box-ticking is funny on Utopia, but excruciating in real life. If your organisation is still carrying out traditional annual performance reviews, stop. You’re wasting time and money, and possibly being counter-productive. I’m talking about those painful, annual formal meetings that managers and their employees usually loathe. Set questions are mechanically asked and scores given…

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How to battle bullying at work

Are you battling inappropriate workplace behaviour, even bullying? It is a major work health and safety issue. According to Safe Work Australia, 9.4 per cent of Australian workers have experienced workplace bullying in the previous six months. It is costly in terms of lost productivity and workers’ compensation. $22,600 is the median cost for accepted…

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Managing Staff is Not Parenting

What’s your reaction when individuals or organisations consider their employees to be ‘children’ and the workforce to be their ‘family’? We often form strong bonds with colleagues and the reference to family is associated with well-intentioned care for colleagues. However, there are serious pitfalls in assuming the way we function in our family setting is…

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Bring Back Business Management

A number of Hunter businesses and organisations are facing a problem I am seeing across the country. They have people in senior positions who are technically brilliant or inspiring leaders but struggle to gain both employee engagement and business outcomes. Before people bang their coffee cup down or click the page, having people who have…

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Why managing asthma is critical

I’m sharing this deeply personal story in the hope that it inspires you to act and save a life. To prevent a death from a condition that affects one in nine Australians. In 2007 my son, Ryan, was enjoying a very full life. He had a beautiful girlfriend, was establishing his career, enjoyed an abundance…

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Thinking Outside the Box Ticking

When it comes to employee surveys much time and money can be wasted by organisations who fail to plan, execute and implement well. Worse still, merely engaging in a ‘box ticking’ exercise can do more damage than running no survey at all, when the workforce sees it as yet another promise to listen falling on…

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Walking Revolution backed in Budget

One Newcastle lady walking with a purpose this month is Lenore Miller, who is covering 5km a day to raise awareness of asthma, the need for people to have and follow asthma management plans, as well as funds for asthma research. Ms Miller lost her son Ryan to the condition 10 years ago. One in…

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