In a previous post i discussed how you needed to learn to listen if you wanted to sell anything . The next question then , is what do good listeners do that makes them good listeners?
The HR leader and professional who aspires to become the CEO’s and the businesses true partner in growth needs to bring together a balance of hard and soft skills. I like to think of this like a recipe at a five-star restaurant where the chef has to carefully blend together the ingredients. [Read more…] about HR : Recipe for HR Success
Being out of the corporate world and having the opportunity to work with start-ups and small businesses again (my first love) has been a really fascinating and challenging experience.
The move from working with $ multi-billion global brands to startups and other small businesses , has made me realise how different the growth path and challenges that these small businesses face are. [Read more…] about The 4 Stages of business growth
Many companies and especially their CEO’s continue to operate in a time warp when it comes to the value that HR can bring to the organisation. The reality however is that some of this devaluation of Human Resources is self-inflicted.
Far too many HR managers and leaders come to the role with only knowledge about policies and procedures. If you are on the team as just a traditional HR leader, then you will never be viewed as a critical strategic player.
You have to plug yourself in as a person running a business. [Read more…] about HR : The road to strategic HR business partner
In a previous job, one of my team members told me during a performance appraisal where we were discussing her inability to say no – despite the fact that she was overloaded with work “I was afraid to say no because I thought that i would lose my colleagues respect if I did. But then i realised that i had no respect, because no one trusted me to finish work”
A recent study ranking Toronto as 4th amongst 25 cities worldwide as a tech start-up hub, and 12th amongst global cities for competitiveness left me both happy and sad. Happy that the City of my birth is so entrepreneur friendly, and sad because none of the major South African (my other home) cities still feature as entrepreneurial and start-up destinations.
Having finished my last job in the middle east , one of the reasons for choosing to move back to Cape Town over moving to Toronto , was because of the opportunities that i believe that South Africa as a developing country offers to entrepreneurs, and because given the right circumstances South Africa still has the potential for major growth over the next couple of years [Read more…] about What South Africa needs to do to become a Start-up Nation