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The Leadership versus Management Debate: What’s the difference?

May 6th, 2019

  All too often, people confuse leadership and management. Many believe managers have staff, whilst leaders have followers. Both require similar qualities, including technical and interpersonal acumen, but these are not synonymous. We investigate the difference.   You are a great manager. You meet your targets. You’re friendly and easy to work with.  You’re technically […]

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Let’s talk about our feelings.

April 30th, 2019

“Helping employees improve their mental health is a good investment for employers because mental wellbeing of workers is good for everyone and enhances personal and organizational resilience, and success,” Jane McCarroll writes. Life isn’t easy for everyone. Not all of the time anyway. There are times when some of us are overwhelmed and desperate. Sadly, […]

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I need my team to be more creative and innovative. Why doesn’t it work?

April 8th, 2019

Psychological safety is the fundamental requirement for people to be able to be creative, innovative and take risks. Patricia Bossons looks at what a coaching environment can do to promote this.   Under what circumstances do people learn best? How do we create a positive learning culture? When is it safe to be creative and […]

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Be Human. Be Kind. Be Both.

March 25th, 2019

In a world of selfies, status updates, emojis and self-promotion, leadership grounded upon kindness sounds revolutionary. We need more of it, writes Jane McCarroll.   I love the early months of a new year. It is the time when we set our aspirations for the year ahead. It is a clean slate and anything seems […]

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Flexibility, Inclusivity, and a Sense of Purpose

February 24th, 2019

We’re living and working in interesting times. We have five generations in the workforce at the same time. Our organisations need to thrive in our globalised market place and have never been so diverse culturally. We’re also grappling with the impact and effect robotics and automation are having on our workforces. AI needs to exist […]

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#Bullyfree: Why Being Uncivil is Wrong.

February 11th, 2019

There is a big difference between working in a robust workplace where people can be upfront with each other, comfortably engaging in constructive conflict, and a workplace with a pattern of incivility, Jane McCarroll explains. Bullying used to be passed off as old-fashioned authority. We did what we were told, kept our mouths shut and […]

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Building The Imagination Economy

January 22nd, 2019

The future, says Jane McCarroll, is Agile, as we all prepare to spend at least some of our working lives doing jobs we have never done before and which don’t even exist as yet. Let’s start with the C-word; collaboration. Or should I say c-words; connectors, communicators and coaches are what is needed to lead […]

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What’s your Superpower?AI redefines what is possible.

January 8th, 2019

Most people probably think of superheroes as fictional characters who can fly, become invisible or otherwise defy the laws of physics. Although superheroes remain hard to come by in real life, organisations are starting to enable some real types of “superpowers”. No longer relegated to pithy t-shirt text, as in “I’m a teacher–that’s my superpower,” […]

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Productivity is About Changing Habits

November 26th, 2018

  I had the pleasure of catching up with Ali Tocker from Tocker Associates recently. Tocker is a new member of the Skills family too, and it specialises in leadership development and all aspects of strategic planning and have been supporting workplace teams, leaders and managers in New Zealand since 1997. When organisations are at […]

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Finding those Adaptable, Critical Thinkers

October 30th, 2018

A 2018 LinkedIn report on talent development has found that the number one priority is training for soft skills. In the age of automation, maintaining technical fluency across roles will be critical, but the pace of change is fueling demand for adaptable, critical thinkers, communicators, and leaders. Jane McCarroll highlights some key trends in the […]

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Changing Lanes

October 16th, 2018

It’s tough being a migrant, says Alida Raubenheimer-Coetzer, who describes immigration as a multi-faceted assault on a person’s emotions, body, intellect and finances. Age has always been just a number. An historic time-line of a life lived. It does not indicate the level of living or the extend of the successes or failures in that […]

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Don’t Judge Me – I’m a Working Mum

October 2nd, 2018

Denise Moller is a new mother who has recently returned to work. She explains what employers and business leaders can do to maximise the often experienced and valuable talent that new mothers can bring to a business. At a recent business event, we were having a discussion about the lack of women in executive roles. […]

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