Reference Checks - Archaic or Essential?

Reference Checks - Archaic or Essential?
  How thoroughly and regularly do you do your background checks on applicants before you hire them? If you are sheepishly admitting to yourself that it's not as often or as thorough as it should be, or proudly admitting that you feel they are a waste of time and energy, here are some reasons why background checking is still as important as ever.   Reference Checks are a vital tool in assessing the suitability of your applicants. They provide insight into an individual...
 

Are Your Expectations Letting Your Down?

Are Your Expectations Letting Your Down?
  Do you ever find yourself with a song stuck in your head which transports you back in time? Like the Alanis Morrissette album I had on repeat over a weekend of painting in a previous property? Of course, there are the traditional pull backs of formals, parties, weddings and alike, but sometimes the audio cue reminds us of much more subtle and seemingly insignificant things that happen. Yet other times, if you love music like I do, some songs just stay with you for no specific rea...
 

The Pathway to Success with Your People

The Pathway to Success with Your People
    Like most leaders and managers of teams, you have probably found yourself in a place where you had had success in building your team, you have found great people, you have kept great people. Yet at a certain point things weren't all working as well as you liked with your employees. Perhaps you realised your latest hire wasn't ideal, or you were getting attitude from one of the team, or they just didn't seem to be doing what you expected, or you needed to exit s...
 

Tackling Tough Conversations with Your Staff

Tackling Tough Conversations with Your Staff

This might very well be one of the topics I most often get asked about, and see business owners, leaders and managers struggle with that dreaded feeling of having a tough conversation with a team member.

Do you love conflict? I didn't think so, that's probably why these conversations feel tough, and you quite likely avoid them, put them off, or worse still just opt out of having them. That dreaded feeling in the pit of your stomach, the sleepless nights, the avoiding of the kitchen ...
 

The Third Space

The Third Space
  Have you ever had that feeling where you are running from one thing to another, busily moving between tasks, priorities, projects and all of the things business and life throws at you? You're working at a frantic pace but at times you feel like you're in a fog, like everything is blurry and whilst you're getting all of the things done, it can feel heavy, and exhausting, and like you aren't quite nailing anything as well as you know you can. And then you see someon...
 

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