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Greg Mitchell

“WHERE ARE THEY?”: Addressing Staff Absenteeism

“WHERE ARE THEY?”: Addressing Staff Absenteeism
It's 8.00am or so, you're alone in the office pondering the mountain of paperwork. The phone rings. It's Jill…"..bit of a cough, won't be in today". A couple more minutes tick by…ring, ring….."It's Bob, kids are sick and I need to take them to the doctor…can't make it in." Familiar story?.... Unscheduled staff absenteeism can be a sizeable problem ...
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Focus on Leadership and Culture: Oppositional

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Oppositional
In a previous blog, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviour, and their impact upon business and organisational performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ).  Today's blog foc...
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Focus on Leadership and Culture: Perfectionistic

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Perfectionistic
In a previous blog, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviour, and their impact upon business and organisational performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ).  Today's blog foc...
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Focus on Leadership and Culture: Achievement

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Achievement
In a recent blog, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviour, and their impact upon business and organisational performance  (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ).  Today's blog...
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Focus on Leadership and Culture: Humanistic-Encouraging

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Humanistic-Encouraging
In a recent blog, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviour, and their impact upon business and organisational performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ).  Today's blog focus...
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Greg Mitchell

Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership

Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership
​Objectively addressing matters such as culture and leadership in a business or organisation can be a tricky business. Individual views of what constitutes "good" cultures and leaders can differ for example, and pinning down just what our current culture "is" and what we need it to be, can be akin to trying to catch smoke – elusive and frustratingl...
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8 Elements to Success through People(c) - The Evidence

8 Elements to Success through People(c) - The Evidence
We are sometimes asked about "the evidence" to support our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model (fair enough too!), so if you need some convincing about the value of more closely focusing on HR in your business, check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.
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Greg Mitchell

Staff Recognition, Chocolate Frogs and More - The Keys to Successful Staff Recognition Programs

Staff Recognition, Chocolate Frogs and More - The Keys to Successful Staff Recognition Programs
Handing out a few chocolate frogs at a staff meeting does not in itself a recognition program make! ​So, you're taking the plunge and are planning to implement a staff recognition program….great stuff! It seems easy enough - throw out a few bottles of wine or movie tickets, shake a few hands, smile for the camera and you're done! Happy staff, happy...
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Greg Mitchell

The Perfect Workplace - What Would It Be Like?

The Perfect Workplace - What Would It Be Like?
​Cleaning out my office the other day (a task that has been many years in the making!), I stumbled across an article in an old edition of Harvard Business Review (May 2013) that's worth a revisit. The article explores the interesting issue of the ideal workplace.  Based on research by the authors, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who canvasse...
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Culture: It all Starts with Mind-Set

Culture: It all Starts with Mind-Set
I'm an accountant. I'm all about making money. If you want to make money, get your culture right first. Don't waste your time on the other stuff. by Giam Swiegers, former CEO of Deloitte Australia Most of us understand its importance, but actively managing workplace culture in order to optimise results can be a tricky business. Even once you'v...
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Greg Mitchell

Pope Francis: Culture Change Expert?

Pope Francis: Culture Change Expert?
​I was watching the ABC program Q&A a little while ago, when the panellists were asked their view of Pope Francis, having been elected to the Papacy 12 months prior. What struck me most about the response of the panellists was their unanimity, particularly given that, as other avid viewers of Q&A will attest, having the panellists agree on ...
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Greg Mitchell

Doing The Right Thing

Doing The Right Thing
​I was intrigued by a recent story out of the USA that the nation's second-largest drugstore had announced that it will later this year stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,600 stores. The move is likely to cost the company US$2 billion annually. In announcing the decision, CVS/Caremark's CEO said "Ending the sale of cigarett...
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Values - They're Only Meaningless If You Do Nothing With Them!

Values - They're Only Meaningless If You Do Nothing With Them!
​One of the "Do not pass go, do not collect $200" items in our 8 Elements to Success Through People© Model  is Clear Vision and Strategy.  A key part of this involves articulating, communicating and reinforcing the values of your business. In the context of a business or organisation, values can be seen as statements of "the things that m...
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Are You a Lone Nut or a Leader?

​Much of the support we provide to clients relates to nurturing effective leadership as a means to driving business success.  Indeed, Effective Leadership is one of the two "Do not pass go, do not collect $200" elements in our 8 Elements to Achieving Success Through People © model. Of course, we know that we are not alone in our efforts to sup...
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Workplace Culture - An Asset or a Liability for your Business?

Workplace Culture - An Asset or a Liability for your Business?
​Workplace Culture – it's a term frequently used by management "gurus" and just as frequently ignored by many who see culture change programs as nothing more than the warm and fuzzy stuff - yoga classes, paying for Christmas drinks, providing fruit in the staff room and the odd "mufti day".  Sure, these things have their place, but their place...
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