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Staff Hiring – Making This (Almost) Foolproof

staff hiringFrom behavioral interviewing techniques to psychometric testing, managers have access to a range of tools to make the staff hiring process foolproof and reduce the possibility of the wrong hire. The reality is that no process can make the hiring completely foolproof. But it is possible to make the process almost foolproof by using a tried and tested approach to effective hiring…

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How Leadership Has Changed

The information in this article is based on published research carried out by Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)…

How Leadership Has ChangedThe way the priority and the focus on leadership has changed is a function of how organizational and leadership thinking has evolved over the last 30 years or so. To illustrate the difference, we contrast across various situations what leadership used to be and what it means now:

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Interview Questions that Reveal More

Based on an extract from a Business Insider web article. The original article was written by Alison Griswold and Vivian Giang.

Interview QuestionsSmart and successful entrepreneurs including the likes of Richard Branson of Virgin and Tony Hsieh of Zappos know that interview questions like “What’s your biggest strength?” and “What’s your biggest weakness?” don’t produce revealing answers. That’s why they steer clear of these cliché queries and instead ask more meaningful ones. Many executives have their one favorite go-to question that reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate. Here is a list of the top 10 questions…

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Organizational Success – The Ultimate Secret

fun and recreationRead any book about organizational success – whether in a multinational or a small business – and the key to organizational success is related to something business-like: leadership, sales,  customer care, profitability, etc. Any reference to recreation and fun is almost always as an add-on. For example, a company retreat with balloons and treasure hunts once a year  or a sports day or  a company lunch once a quarter. HR managers lecture line managers on the need to have such events so their fun-starved staff can get a chance to “loosen up”. Yet staff engagement remains low….

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SCARF Model for Collaboration and Influence

The SCARF Model was originally proposed by David Rock of the Neuro-Leadership Institute and has been acclaimed as one of the best and original ideas in management over the last 15 years. 

SCARF ModelIn a world of increasing inter-connectedness and rapid change, there is a growing need to improve the way people work together. The study of the brain is starting to provide some key insights that can be applied in the real world – for example in the work place. Social neuroscience explores the biological foundations of the way humans relate to each other and to themselves  in terms of emotional regulation, attitudes, stereotyping, empathy, status, fairness, collaboration, persuasion, morality, compassion, deception and trust…

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Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Lessons from Abraham LincolnFew people in history attract the kind of respect, admiration and love that Abraham Lincoln attracts. You don’t have to be an American to be in awe of this man. People all around the world have heard of him and know why he is considered to be perhaps the greatest President of the United States of America. The way he lived his life and the way he governed as the President of the United States at a most crucial juncture in the country’s history provides amazing insights on what constitutes true leadership. No theories here – just a true embodiment of how a leader behaves…

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Peter Drucker – 6 Great Management Insights

Peter DruckerPeter Drucker is often credited as the father of modern management practice. He was the author of two ground-breaking books of his time: The Effective Executive and The Practice of Management. Here are are 6 of his best management insights of all time that are extremely relevant today in organizations big and small…


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