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Greg Mitchell

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

Are you Getting the Biggest BANG for your Training BUCK?

Are you Getting the Biggest BANG for your Training BUCK?
​As business owners and managers, we all know the importance of ensuring that every dollar we spend is working for us, so with employment-related expenses being amongst the largest expenses that most businesses have, it's essential to ensure that we invest particularly wisely in this area. Despite this, one area that often escapes scrutiny is staff...
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Greg Mitchell

Leadership: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

Leadership: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
​Search for " leadership " on Amazon and you will be invited to purchase more than 117,000 books on the subject. It's been a prominent item of discussion in business improvement circles for decades.  This is not without good reason though, with effective leadership being a centrepiece of businesses that consistently achieve success. I often sa...
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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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Greg Mitchell

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

GROW Your People, Grow Your Success

GROW Your People, Grow Your Success
Effective Leadership is one of the core elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success Through People(c) model , and is key to diving business performance and profitability. ​One of the common attributes of highly effective leaders is that they are inevitably great coaches. They manage their people in a way that gets the best out of them...
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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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Greg Mitchell

Here's an I.D.E.A. - Provide Effective Feedback!

Here's an I.D.E.A. - Provide Effective Feedback!
​A common challenge for many supervisors and managers when it comes to managing people is providing effective feedback.  This is particularly the case where they need to give feedback to a team member who is presently not meeting expectations and/or where they have done something wrong. Some supervisors and managers become paralysed by fear th...
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Greg Mitchell

Goldilocks Management: 3 Things You Need To Do “Just Right”

Goldilocks Management: 3 Things You Need To Do “Just Right”
​Anyone that's had responsibility for managing others will I think agree that is can sometimes be a challenge. There are days that, regardless of what you do, it's apparent that you just aren't getting the results you are hoping for. In some ways it might almost seem like you're trapped in a Goldilocks fairytale – one member of your team's complain...
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Greg Mitchell

Thinking About Thinking - Enhancing Employee Performance

Thinking About Thinking - Enhancing Employee Performance
​We all know that effectively managing employees is key to the success of our business. We variously rely on our employees to serve our customers/clients, to market and sell the goods and services of the business and to implement the processes and systems that keep the business flowing. As business owners or managers, we can't be there all the...
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Greg Mitchell

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

Let’s Talk About Collaboration (or maybe not…)

Let’s Talk About Collaboration (or maybe not…)
I like to think that I'm an effective collaborator. I work closely with my team on key issues, seeking their input and insight, and I encourage other business owners and managers I coach to do the same. But an article in a recent edition of Harvard Business Review ( Collaborative Overload by R Cross, R Rebele & A Grant, HBR Jan-Feb 2016) has pr...
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Greg Mitchell

What are your People Management Priorities for 2016?

What are your People Management Priorities for 2016?
​The start of a new year prompts many of us to think about our goals and priorities for the year. Indeed, we'll be working with the management teams of several of our established clients over the coming weeks to help them clarify their priorities, particularly in respect of their people management strategies. Based on our recent work, here are a fe...
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Greg Mitchell

Q. WHY ARE POSITION DESCRIPTIONS A LOT LIKE POLITICIANS?

Q. WHY ARE POSITION DESCRIPTIONS A LOT LIKE POLITICIANS?
A. THEY ARE BOTH BORING BUT NECESSARY! ​I probably don't need to spend too much time convincing you that they are both pretty boring as far as topics of conversation go, but you may need a little more convincing that they (position descriptions at least), are necessary.  Put simply, a position description is a document which outlines the ...
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Greg Mitchell

Are You Prepared To Be Less Of A D*ckhead To Be A Better Leader?

Are You Prepared To Be Less Of A D*ckhead To Be A Better Leader?
As usual, the 2015  Conference on Culture and Leadership presented by Human Synergistics Australia delivered the goodies, with some great speakers sharing their personal leadership and workplace culture experiences with an enthusiastic Sydney audience.  One of the many things on the day that resonated strongly with me arose out of a ...
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Greg Mitchell

Kill the Performance Review! (or maybe not)

Kill the Performance Review! (or maybe not)
" Performance Reviews: Get Rid of Them " – www.theage.com.au 15/02/15  " Businesses Should Boycott Performance Reviews " – www.afr.com 05/03/14  " Performance Reviews: Is it Time to Kill Them? " – www.executivestyle.com.au 30/06/14  The headlines say it all really – the performance review has been under sustained attack for the last ...
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Paul Hoppenbrouwer

Are Probation Periods Still Relevant?

Are Probation Periods Still Relevant?
Did you know that probationary periods of employment are no longer a key determinant of a terminated employee's right to lodge an unfair dismissal claim? Indeed, the key determinant is now whether or not the employee was still within their minimum employment period , as defined by the Fair Work Act, at the time of termination (6 months in the case ...
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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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