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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hi, I'm Greg, and I'm a Perfectionist

Hi, I'm Greg, and I'm a Perfectionist
​The new year begins with a personal confession.  I'm a perfectionist. I like things to be "just right". I HATE it when things go wrong, when they're not the best they can be, when I'm not in control. I tend to be quite conservative and reluctant to take risks and I grow impatient and frustrated when I can't quite get to doing the things I nee...
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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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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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Getting Started with Performance Management

Getting Started with Performance Management
​I was asked by a small business owner the other day "How often should I be talking with my staff about their performance?" .  It got me thinking about performance management in small to medium-sized businesses and how it's an important but frequently neglected area. Indeed, an effective performance management process is critical to several el...
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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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