HR directors were already dealing with a rapidly changing world when along came the unprecedented disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. With little or no preparation, many employees have had to work from home, creating challenges for engagement, productivity and culture as well as the operational practicalities of work space and tools. According to Microsoft, the…

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Consider this quote from Forbes.com columnist Victor Lipman, who believes the most effective executives he’s met display “realistic assessments of their own abilities – their strengths and weaknesses, their effect on others, the gaps that needed to be filled.” That’s not to say the leader of the future will be crippled by self-doubt. Instead, self-awareness…

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Could you spot a future leader in a crowd? Or understand just what an emerging leader needs to work on before they can move up the leadership ladder? Research from Hudson points a way to doing exactly that. Based on BAQ psychological data, the research compares ‘emerging leaders’ – those who have been identified as…

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“90 per cent of my job is to fail.” Speaking at an event recently, that’s how the head of a digital company’s Australian division described her job. She was tasked with taking risks on an ongoing basis, with the understanding that only a handful of her initiatives would work, and that this was acceptable. Only…

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There’s one practice that will add richness and depth to your work life, empower your team members and enhance your productivity and that of those around you. It can be developed and learned, and it’s cheap. We’ve all heard of mindfulness and its benefits to health and wellbeing, but to me, mindfulness is most useful…

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After a few years in junior to mid-level roles, you might have reached a point where you want to become a people manager. Yet how do you show that you are capable of becoming a people manager when you don’t have experience managing a team? Even without past management experience, what’s important is that you…

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‘You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.’ – Alvin Toffler As leaders, sometimes we can become so busy with our heads down, getting things done, that we can forget to look up and see how the world is changing…

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When I think about the recent spate of leadership changes in some high profile cases, it makes me wonder: how effectively are organisations mapping their leadership strategies to the contextual environment that we are experiencing in Australia and New Zealand right now? By that I mean share prices going up and down, trading environments changing…

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