How to Get Promoted: 5 Tips from an HR Manager

June 17th, 2019

Wanting to get ahead in your career but at a loss for what to do next?  It’s not easy figuring out how to get elevated to that next step up.  Skills Group HR Manager, Anna McNicholl, put together these five strategies to help you get noticed at work and lock in that big promotion: 1. […]

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5 Tips for Managing Stress in the Workplace

May 20th, 2019

  If you’re feeling too much pressure at work, try these five strategies to manage stress better.   Shift your thinking We have all felt the physical symptoms associated with stress: the racing heart, the tense muscles. According to research, a simple shift in thinking about these symptoms may be beneficial. Instead of seeing your […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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.

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Soft skills have never been so important.

August 22nd, 2018

The #1 priority for talent development in 2019  is training for soft skills. Command and control manager-led teams are out, and collaborative, self-organised teams are in. We cannot rely on the robots because they do not have soft skills. Without soft skills, we’re literally up the proverbial. Here are some of the soft skills we […]

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