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Preliminary Phone Interviewing: Level 201

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

For lots of organisations doing that recruitment dance, the first dance step in the interviewing process can be the preliminary phone interview. Here’s three tips you may want to consider that will help you make [...]

Do You Manage HR Like Your Car?

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

I sold a used car the other day. It was surplus to our needs, and it was just sitting there, so it was time for it to go. Also, unlike other cars in our family, [...]

Go Beyond Skills Based Interviewing

August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

CV’s are like Caesar salads. They are all basically the same, but they can have slightly different ingredients, slightly different flavours One of the key ingredients many job seekers overlook putting in their CV, and [...]

The First Job of any Leader

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

I am interested in what makes up “high performing teams”, and helping companies get the best out of their staff. So when I got a chance to go to an event where an AFL Football [...]

The Dangers of the Mini-Me Syndrome

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

It wasn’t that long ago when I caught up with a Director of a growing SME that was looking to employ someone in a newly created role who said, “I want a person just like [...]

Hire Slow, Fire Quickly

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

IT systems used to frustrate me to no end. The main reason is that there is usually some error in between me and the keyboard. I am definitely no IT guy, that’s for sure. But [...]

Employer of Choice 201, Induction

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

I am fortunate, and grateful, to be a Principal HR Consultant. I  work with some great South Australian businesses, and some great people who work in those businesses. I have also been fortunate and grateful [...]

Good Turnover vs Not So Good Turnover

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Through the years I have heard senior leaders make passing comments about staff that have left their company. They say things like, “You know, now that he has left, I really don’t miss him”, or [...]

Give Some Applicants An Extra Point Or Two

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

I have had the pleasure of career counselling a number of professionals. Along the way we define what their viable career choices are and how they are going to get there, because “If you don’t [...]

John the MD’s Dream

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Claire, the receptionist was impeccably dressed, had the front office looking spickety- span, and greeted John, the MD, with a warm smile and a pleasant “Good Morning” greeting. “I hope you don’t mind that I [...]

What Quadrants Do Your Staff Live In?

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Business Leaders and owners have many challenges. If it’s not IT, it is finances, if it’s not finances, it’s something else, and of course there is always, always the people side of the business equation. [...]

Having a Difficult Conversation (part 1)

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m no handyman that’s for sure. But after botching up a number of jobs around the house I have come to understand you really need the right tools to do certain jobs right. Sometimes you [...]

Having a Difficult Conversation (part 2)

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Do you think having a difficult conversation with an employee is a stress related activity? For a number of leaders the answer is definitely “Yes”. As a matter of fact, too many difficult employee conversations [...]

Power of Positive Feedback

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

When I was at graduate school studying Organisational Psychology I remember reading about some old obscure psychological research. U.S Psychologists were involved with trying to help improve how to guide early missiles. Now this is [...]

Scheming for Your Next New Hire

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

At some workshops I recently conducted for a somewhat sizeable company, I asked the workshop participants who had got their jobs at the company after being referred from a colleague or former colleague. Up to [...]

Quicker Results With New Teams

February 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Change is constant. Whether it is changes in technology, processes, company structures, teams or staff, it is unavoidable. In the business landscape of change there are lots of mangers that are given opportunities to lead [...]

Reference Checking: Level 201

October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

There are plenty of examples of both low and high profile employees being investigated and removed from companies after it has been discovered that they do not have the experience or credentials they claimed they [...]

Exit Interviews. Worth the Time?

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

The other day I was talking to a business owner about some of his HR challenges and practices when we got onto the topic of Exit Interviews. “Do you do them I asked?”   He was [...]

Employer of Choice 101

September 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Some years ago I did an independent research project on “Candidate Rejection and Corporate Communication”.  I was interested at the time in learning more about the perceptions of job seekers in regard to how they [...]

The Value of One on Ones for Your Staff

August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Have you ever gotten into a situation as a leader when the end of the year performance review comes around and you really weren’t looking forward to it? And one of the main reasons you [...]

What Not To Do in that next Performance Review

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

While some organisations do Performance Reviews or Appraisals once a year, there are other companies that conduct appraisals twice a year with the mid-year appraisal happening right about now. This is exciting for some leaders, [...]

HR and Toilet Paper?

June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

While I think it is important that HR Professionals have commercial acumen and an appreciation of what is behind some of the financials of the business they are partnering with, I am often flummoxed by [...]

The Psychology of the Interview Panel

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

I was part of a panel interview recently. The other panel members were well organised. They had a range of open ended questions. I thought that was very good. After all, you do not want [...]

The Real Cost of a Bad Hire

May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

You don’t hear about it often, but you do hear about it from time to time. What you hear is someone talking about how “so and so” or “such in such” has worked for their [...]

Why You May Want to Change Your Resume

April 26th, 2016|0 Comments

I have looked at more than my fair share of resumes over the years, and have helped quite a few tune theirs up for the next chapter, and while adding this little piece of additional [...]

What Makes Staff Happy ?

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Lets face it. The majority of us need to work. So with up to 50 percent of our waking lives involved with some form of earning a wage, what is it that makes staff happy [...]