Working with Future Leaders

December 18th, 2018

Jane McCarroll offers tips and strategies to help your interns be successful and to help you develop your own leadership skills at the same time. My career started in retail. I studied at night, and worked in a music store by day. I was quickly promoted to manager and looking back at my early career, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


The Learning Economy

September 20th, 2018

A 2017 study delves deeply into corporate education and the learning and development that organisations are offering their senior and middle managers. It also looks at what those managers actually want in terms of learning and development. Human Resources managers and academics know that developing our people is one of the best ways to achieve company objectives […]


Honing your Cultural Intelligence

September 14th, 2018

There is increasing evidence to show that incorporating cultural intelligence into your business strategy can make a significant difference in all facets of your business or organisation, including bottom lines. By Shireen Chua.


What is “organisational life” and why is it important for us to understand it?

September 11th, 2018

  The disconnect between our jobs and what constitutes organisational life, frequently comes up as a subject in management development, leadership development and executive coaching. Organisational life is what takes place at our place of work where we interact with groups and is distinct from what takes place in other groups we are part of. […]


Setting the scene for 2019 – 6 tips for building creativity and innovation  

September 11th, 2018

    I love the beginning of a year. It’s a great chance to set the scene for what I aspire to learn and achieve in the coming year. We’re sharing the lunch room with robots and AI is everywhere – which got me thinking, as a human, what can I dial up to best […]


Learner Case Study- Jenna Neam – Winner of the 2018 AECOM/IMNZ Young Leaders Award

September 5th, 2018

We were thrilled to catch up with Jenna Neame this July. Jenna won the prestigious 2017 IPWEA Young Leader Award and part of her prize was gaining a place on the IMNZ breakthrough leadership ACCELERATE programme. We sat down with Jenna this month to ask about her thoughts on the programme and how she’s implemented […]


The launch of the 4-day week

August 22nd, 2018

Working fewer hours and being paid more sounds extremely enticing and most would jump at the opportunity. This year, Perpetual Guardian announced that the company is trialling a four-day work week, whilst continuing to pay employees for five days. I had the opportunity to meet Founder Andrew Barnes recently to get a better insight. He […]


Why burnout is killing your business

August 21st, 2018

  The biggest threat to building an engaged workforce in 2018 is employee burnout. Despite being so common, many managers are not aware of why it happens or how to keep it from happening. Imagine a problem affecting 95 per cent of all businesses. A universal problem, so common that everyone in any career is […]