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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10 Reasons Why Your Best People Quit

April 22nd, 2019

By understanding why our great people leave, we gain insight into what could make them stay, writes Jane McCarroll. I’m all about unlocking effort and making things easy. Please let me explain. Externally, I want my organisation as be as easy as possible to work with and work backwards from my customers’ experience in all that I […]

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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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Building Personal Productivity

March 11th, 2019

All we have is now, says Jane McCarroll. She outlines the personal things she has learnt to do to ensure that she is as productive as she can possibly be.   Time is precious. And we’re always looking at ways to be more productive in what we do with it. The need to ensure and […]

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Workplace Coaching: 6 Tips to Get You Started

March 7th, 2019

The role of a coach is extremely valued in sports, but for some reason that belief rarely extends to the workplace. In reality, coaching is just as essential in the workplace as it is on the field or court. Coaching empowers managers to support their employees in developing new skills, motivates staff and maximises their […]

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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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What is your Personal Brand?

January 15th, 2019

If we want to take control of our career moving forward, having a clear vision around the type of brand we want to be known for is crucial, writes Alisa Bartholomew. Personal brand is quite simply the brand that is you and what you stand for. Whether you are a full-time employee, contractor, business owner […]

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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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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, […]

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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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