Overcoming Bias in Recruitment – 1. the outdated CV

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The world of recruitment is changing and I am committed to pushing as hard as possible to make the change a positive one.   As someone who has spent most of his career working in the recruitment related fields my ‘crucible’ moment ( See the work of Prof Bill George at Harvard Business School and […]

Keeping Employees happy

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It is one thing to hire a great employee…the difficulty in most organisations is how to keep them happy and productive. A survey,  The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace, conducted by the employee engagement firm TINYpulse in 2014, involved over 200,000 employees in more than 500 organizations. “The specific question the survey asked was: “What […]

Leading Effectively: Shared Mission and Vision

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“Naturally, integration means working together for the success of the enterprise so we all may share in the resulting rewards. But management’s implicit assumption is that working together means adjusting to the requirements of the organization as management perceives them. In terms of existing views, it seem inconceivable that individuals, seeking their own goals, would […]

Leading Effectively: Extrinsic Motivation…

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In an article entitled “Asinine Attitudes towards Motivation,” Harry Levinson describes his experience: “Frequently, I have asked executives this question: What is the dominant philosophy of motivation in American management? Almost invariably, they quickly agree that it is the carrot-and-stick philosophy, reward and punishment. Then I ask them to close their eyes for a moment, […]

Leading Effectively – Intrinsic Motivation

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“A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision without a task is but a dream. But a vision with a task is the hope of the world.” (Inscription on a church wall in the county of Sussex, England) “Since the mid-1970’s, new theories have emerged to focus on intrinsic motivational processes and on the […]

How to engage the hearts and minds of employees

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Many of my clients  manage  substantial groups of people and find it increasingly difficult to make the changes necessary to move the organisation forward. They recognise that ‘change fatigue’ is a major factor. Staff have ‘heard it all before’ and tend to look for shortcuts so that they can ‘re-label’ what they have always done  to […]