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Re-Setting Teams

Posted by denise on 10 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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Over the years in my work I’ve been involved in re-setting numerous teams.  What do I mean by re-set?  Well you know when your computer or device is stuck, isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do, is frozen.  You hit re-set.  A clean, bug free, operating programme is re-installed. Your device does what it’s supposed to.  That’s the same for teams who are stuck, are working against each other rather than with each other, have lost sight of work goals and purpose, who expend their energy and focus negatively rather than positively.  They’re not functioning effectively.  Common words that people use to describe their experience of this type of team include ‘toxic’, ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘soul sapping’.

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The Power of Why

Posted by denise on 17 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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Simon Sinek’s ‘Why’ movement connects at so many levels.  The Why of what we do, the Why of what organisations do. 

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Leading in a Post Disaster Setting

Posted by denise on 15 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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Our thoughts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and those who have been affected by yesterday’s quake.  Parts of New Zealand are cut off, other parts are working on clean-up to get back to normal.  Whilst we work to re-establish 'business as usual' operating for many the ‘normal’ will have changed.   People will be recovering from the trauma of being in that moment.  Many employers will find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, unsure of how to operate effectively or respond to people issues.   

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Women in Leadership

Posted by Denise on 29 September 2016 | 0 Comments

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There’s some US based research just out by McKinsey & Company which reveals that women continue to face challenges in becoming senior leaders.  The Women in the Workplace 2016 report showed that for every 100 women who are promoted to manager, 130 men are promoted.  Women are less likely to receive the first ‘critical promotion’ to manager and are less likely to be hired into more senior positions.  What this means is that the higher you look in companies the fewer women you see, especially at senior & board levels.

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Health & Safety changes : are you ready?

Posted by denise on 12 January 2016 | 0 Comments

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Many of you will be aware of the Health and Safety Reform Bill which has been before Parliament.  Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work reforms New Zealand's health and safety system following the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety and the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

The  new Health and Safety at Work Act replaces the Health and Safety in Employment Act and the Machinery Act 1950.  The Act will come into force on 4 April 2016, after which new obligations – and consequences for breaching them – will be enforceable.  What does the new Act mean for employers?

Once in effect, the HSW Act will place new obligations on:

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How to get the best out of your people

Posted by denise on 12 January 2016 | 0 Comments

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Google Leadership .... you get 22,100,000 results,  Leadership styles = 9,920,000 results, People leadership = 55,800,000 results.  How and where do  you focus your skills and energy to bring out the best in your people?  Here's some tips below that are simple, focussed and seem to resonate with people at all levels. 

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Privacy in Recruitment

Posted by Denise on 6 November 2015 | 0 Comments

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How familiar are you with the Privacy Act and obligations when it comes to hiring? A bit muddy?  Read on.

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23 Things Great Leaders Do

Posted by Denise on 7 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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Learnings from Military Leaders.  Google ‘leadership lessons’ and you get over 17million results.  Now,  I’m not a fan of command and control leadership (it doesn’t sit well with the diverse workforce of today),  but there are some lessons we can take from military leadership especially around building leaders that people want to follow.  Here’s a few nuggets  below:

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Bullying & harassment : challenging the status quo

Posted by denise on 9 December 2014 | 0 Comments

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The recent CERA case has raised the issue of appropriate behaviour in the workplace.  I’m not going to comment on that issue; I don’t have the details and haven’t seen the report.  However, the reporting around it highlighted the differences in interpretation of the same behaviour.  What one would find offensive another staffer saw as ‘a bit of fun’.    This flags up the question of the difference between intent and third party perception; It is not about the intent of the person making the jokes or comments, it’s about how it is received and perceived by others that matters.  This difference in interpretation sometimes makes it difficult for people to understand the line between appropriate and inappropriate conduct.  Everybody is different and what one person might brush off as harmless fun may have a detrimental effect on another person.

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Career advice from the Dalai Lama

Posted by Denise on 9 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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All of us at some time will have received career advice, some good, some downright crazy.   My school career counsellor suggested I should be a vet.  Me, who couldn’t even cut up a worm in biology and goes wobbly at the sight of blood.  From memory I smiled politely, exited out, and didn't follow a shred of their advice.  Hence I'm doing what I do now (and love it!).

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