Entries by Phillip

HR Execs concerned about future leaders

A recent study by IBM has found that more than 75 per cent of HR executives are concerned with their ability to develop future leaders, and given the explosive growth in emerging markets and the retirement of experienced personnel in more mature economies, companies are placing their growth strategies at risk if they cannot identify […]

How to lead clever people

According to Professor Rob Goffee, an expert in organisational behaviour from London Business School, clever people in organisations need a special type of leadership.  Speaking recently at a lecture in the Australian School of Business, Professor Goffee presented research on culture and leadership and what it takes to effectively lead this generation of ‘clever people’. […]

Senior Leadership Teams – What it takes to make them great

“With firsthand knowledge and compelling real-life examples, Senior Leadership Teams present indispensable guidance on getting your best people to work and thrive – together.” —David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government The demands on those who occupy the top roles of organizationsare rapidly outdistancing the capabilities of any single […]

Why teams don’t work

In fact, most so-called “teams” don’t work, for one of two reasons: They’re not supported or encouraged by the surrounding organization and are not recognized or rewarded for their efforts. They’re not really teams, but merely groups (at best) or (at worst) pseudo teams. Teams without access to necessary resources, who are discouraged from investing […]

Tips for improving organizational culture

Improving organizational culture has become a necessity in today’s ever-changing business environment. People want to work for a company where they can be happy and balance work and life. Organizations who treat their members well have experienced a better retention rate, an increased productivity and a happier overall culture. Improving organizational culture can be a […]

Companies worldwide struggle to attract, retain workers

A large majority of companies in the United States and around the world are struggling to attract and retain top-performing and critical-skill workers, according to a new study by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a leading global consulting firm, and WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals. Furthermore, many employers do not fully understand why workers […]

Making talent a strategic priority

Companies like to promote the idea that employees are their biggest source of competitive advantage. Yet the astonishing reality is that most of them are as unprepared for the challenge of finding, motivating, and retaining capable workers as they were a decade ago. Ten years after McKinsey conducted its War for Talent research,the 1997 study drawing […]

Communication ‘Secrets’ of Top Performing Employees

A recent study has found that companies with the most effective communication programs had a 47 percent higher total return to shareholders from 2002 to 2006, compared with companies that communicate least effectively. Moreover, those companies are four times as likely to report high levels of employee engagement as companies that communicate least effectively. WASHINGTON, […]

Corporate Agility

The initial results of the Future of Workproject confirmed that although the global economy had undergone aseries of rapid, model-shattering changes, most businesses were unableor unwilling to adapt their traditional management styles to newconditions. Prisoners of their own outdated business practices andassumptions about how work gets done, businesses found themselveslosing ground to competitors who had not […]

What are job seekers looking for?

The competition for quality employees among leading companies is fierce,regardless of industry or sector. According to new Gallup research, jobseekers aren’t looking exclusively at salary offers; nor are they putting much stock into added perks such as company fitness center programs or on-site daycare services. Recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to attract the […]