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Greg Mitchell

Culture for Punks

Those who know me well will know that I like all things beer. I also like books, and obviously have an interest in business. So I was pretty pleased when a few years ago I stumbled across the book "Business for Punks" by James Watt, co-founder of the hugely successful brewing company BrewDog (great beers by the way, try the Punk IPA).In the book, W...
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Paid Personal/Carer's Leave Clarified: August 2020

In a decision that is welcome news for employers (and HR people, accountants, bookkeepers and payroll people alike!), the High Court earlier this month provided some much needed clarification in terms of how paid personal/carer's leave is to be accrued and taken. The decision overrules an earlier controversial decision by the Federal Court [Mondele...
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Values in Action!

Those who know us well, or who have worked with us directly, will know that we are "pretty big" on the importance of articulating clear values in a business or organisation. So a conversation I had recently with a relatively new client in which she referenced the values of her business was pretty heartening (and I have to say rather rare!).The clie...
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JobKeeper 2.0 - Update

The JobKeeper scheme has been a godsend to many small businesses and their employees endeavouring to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months, While initially scheduled to end in late September, the federal Government yesterday (22/07/20) announced an extension and changes to the scheme. This article details key featu...
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Recruiting Right - Food for Thought

Successful businesses recruit for skills, knowledge AND temperament. They also have clear strategies and processes to support the recruitment and retention of the very best employees. With significant competition for the best staff, good businesses know that they need to be "on their game" in order to attract and retain great candidates. This means...
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Cultivating Vulnerability-Based Trust

Regular readers will know that I'm a fan of management consultant and author Patrick Lencioni, and particularly his "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" model.The first dysfunction of a team in Lencioni's model is the Absence of Trust. Notably, Lencioni refers specifically to what he calls "vulnerability-based trust", in which members of the team are open...
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Leading in Times of Crisis

Among many other things, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to think about leadership during times of crisis. While we look to the world's political leaders to provide us with information, support and guidance, people are also looking to their local community and business leaders to help them through these difficult times. A recent art...
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Effective Leadership - Food for Thought

Effective Leadership is one of the most fundamental components of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model.The simple fact is that the best, most sustainable businesses have great leadership. Leaders need to be effective from both task and people perspectives: they need to be achievement-focused, technically-capable, able to alig...
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Let’s Cut the “Too Old” or “Too Young” Crap - Ageism in Recruitment

Maybe it's because I've just had (yet another) birthday, or because I have a couple of friends "of a certain age" currently in the job market relaying their job-seeking experiences, but I've lately been thinking a bit about the impact of ageism in recruitment. You know the thing – you're sorting through the applicants, you've a mixture of candidate...
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What Culture is YOUR Behaviour Producing?

Those who know me well, in a professional sense at least, know that I'm a bit of a "culture nerd". I've always been curious about what makes some workplaces "work" (that is, where people understand what they are responsible for, they accept that responsibility, they get on well and get on with the job), and other workplaces fail (where, for example...
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It's 2020 - Time for some Clear Vision & Strategy!

At this time of year, there tends to be a lot of planning going on, and rightly so. As a business, and perhaps as individuals, what are we going to strive to achieve, and how are we going to get there?Clear Vision and Strategy is one of the most fundamental components of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model. It concerns the d...
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Getting Culture Right: Highlights

I was fortunate to recently attend the Australian Conference on Culture and Leadership, sponsored by Human Synergistics Australia.This annual conference is often a gold-mine of tips and inspiration in terms of the challenges and opportunities of workplace culture, and this year's event was no exception.Here are a few of my personal highlights from ...
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HR Q&A: How Do I Find the Correct Rates of Pay?

Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end up...
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HR Q&A: How Do I Know Which Award Applies? Determining Award Coverage and Classifications

​Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end u...
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Research Results: Benchmarking Success through People

 Most of our readers will be familiar with our 8 Elements to Success through People© Model as a means to assess and prioritise value adding people-management practices in Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).We've had in excess of 50 SMEs complete the related diagnostic to date, so we thought it about time to aggregate the data and share s...
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What I’ve Learnt About HR in Smaller Businesses

 I was recently invited to present to the Australian Human Resources Institute's networking group in the Central West region of NSW on the topic of "HR for Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)".In addition to sharing our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© Model as a means to assess and prioritise value adding people-management...
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What do I need to do - Terminating during Probationary Period

Unless the terminated employee has completed more than 6 or 12 months service with the employer at the time of termination (12 months in the case of a small business with fewer than 15 employees, otherwise 6 months – this is referred to as the "qualifying period"), the employee will generally not be eligible to lodge a claim for unfair dismissal. I...
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Right to Request Flexible Work Arrangements

We recently received a question from an employer who needed to respond to an employee requesting flexible work arrangements (to change from full time to part time and also do some work from home).Q: Can anyone request flexible work arrangements and can I say no?First of all, let's be clear about what we mean by flexible working arrangements. A requ...
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How's Your Thinking?

Have you ever had the experience where you've been working or otherwise interacting with someone and they've responded to something that's happened in a way that is surprising to you? Perhaps their reaction has been so different to what you anticipated that you've asked yourself what planet they've come from!I've seen this a lot over my career, wit...
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3 Simple Ways to Stop Negative Self-Talk

​We all get knock-backs occasionally. As the old saying goes, life is not all wine and roses (or beer and skittles for that matter).At these times, it can be a natural tendency for some to slip into a negative mode of thinking and self-talk: "Why does bad stuff always happen to me?", "I made a mess of that", "My life sucks", "I'm a failure/imposter...
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