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About Leadership

  Oct 10 2018

# Leadership and Management

Lately I read a leadership book talking about two radically different types of managers. The first type drains intelligence, energy and capabilities from the people around them. These managers always want to be the smartest people in the room. They are idea killers, energy thieves and talent assassins. They are trapped in their own intelligence, overpower others and deplete the organization’s capa...;

The Top 10 Advantages of Using Arbitration

  Oct 9 2018

# Legal

Businesses will invariably get into dispute and terms of contracts will be breached. The question of how these disputes will be resolved is one of the most important consideration for any business. There is of course the legal route through the courts where parties can resolve their disputes and then we have the different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In this article...;

Welcome to Q4 heat!!!

  Oct 8 2018

# Communication and Writing Skills

I truly believe that if PowerPoint were to charge a premium per slide in Q4, Microsoft revenues would definitely double. Q4 is PRESENTATION SEASON!! If you work in marketing, you’re pitching for a budget hoping for approval. If you’re in HR, you have loads of initiatives for next year that you wish would appeal to upper management. If you’re in sales, this major account who is goin...;

Communication and Emotions

  Oct 8 2018

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

At the age of 3, I discovered that my son was autistic*. As a result, his communication skills were impaired and he was living in his own world. I often wondered what the world would be like if we were all autistic! In the midst of all the misunderstanding among people, it does feel that way sometimes. One can’t help but ask why does it feel like this? I believe the answer lies in our emo...;

Categorizing Tasks: Important or Not

  Oct 2 2018

# Human Resources and Training

When you feel overwhelmed by what appears to be plenty of tasks to complete you should prioritize them based on a common sense approach. Step #1 in this common sense approach is to determine the relative importance of each one of those tasks facing you. Over the years I have kept these questions in mind when determining the importance of any task: Will the task help me achiev...;

The Art of Coaching: An Excellent Management Tool!

  Sep 23 2018

# Human Resources and Training

frustrating challenge many managers face is dealing with employees who perform their job without a feeling of ownership. The manager often feels perplexed by the employee’s lack of commitment toward his job even though the manager may have spent time and effort explaining every detail to the employee. A few years ago as I was visiting some relatives when a heated discussion erupted between a fath...;

Change that Starts Somewhere

  Sep 19 2018

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

3 min read Have you gone through a phase when you suddenly get this strong urge to let go of old habits, toxic people and pointless distractions that hold you back? When you want to get rid of things that remind you of your old self? To me it happened naturally and unconsciously. It was an urge to do something to help me grow. It started a...;

Tackling the Maintenance Fixed Cost Challenge Through Cost Effective Maintenance

  Sep 19 2018

# Maintenance Planning and Asset Management

In the past few months I have been privileged to have worked with maintenance professionals in Africa, Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East including people from a wide range of backgrounds from oil refineries to mines and on to hotels. As I have done this, I have asked them similar questions around how they manage costs and have found a remarkable level of consistency, no ma...;

Building an All-Star Credit and Collections Team

  Sep 18 2018

# Accounting and Finance

Training opportunities, in less enlightened organizations, are handed around like chocolates in a box. In some instances, they are often chosen with only as much consideration. This approach is mostly the preserve of the well-intentioned organization, eager to show a willingness to spend on staff and management learning. Commendable though the intent might be, it is inevitably doom...;

The Formula for a Successful Team

  Sep 18 2018

# Human Resources and Training

I admit to having a personal fascination with teams. This started at the tender age of 7 as a player on the under 8s basketball team at my local school, and continues to this day in my corporate role as partner at Meirc Training and Consulting. Throughout the years my fascination centered on the perennial question: “What makes teams successful?”. My experience on teams, whether in ...;