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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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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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Greg Mitchell

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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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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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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Greg Mitchell

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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Margot Gallagher

Writing a (legal!) job advertisement

Optus featured in the news for all the wrong reasons last week, after placing a job advertisement seeking "Anglo Saxon" employees for its' Neutral Bay store (refer here for one of the news articles, this one from the ABC).As you might have expected, there was a public outcry and subsequently significant damage to the company, which is now in the po...
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Greg Mitchell

6 Ways to P*ss Off Your Staff - Guaranteed!

One of my coaching clients mentioned to me the other day that he was working on some "anti-goals". Rather than focusing on what he wants to achieve in his personal and professional life, he's finding it more helpful to make a list of what he doesn't want (eg. "a job where I have no time for family", "a job with pay that doesn't give me enough incom...
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Margot Gallagher

Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”

Have you ever wondered why it's the good people in your organisation who move on – yet the "dead wood" effectively quit and stay?Recognising and rewarding talent in your organisation – and engaging those people so that they want to help you succeed in business – is a critical competitive advantage that you possess and should harness. Step 1 is, of ...
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Recruiting Right - 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 more information on Recruiting Right and having the best people work within your business then check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Surviving the Growing Pains! – Managing Staff in a Period of Growth

One of the common features of many of the businesses we come into contact with is that they are experiencing a period of rapid growth. They have a proven product or service, they're doing the right thing by their customers and they're reaping the rewards of their efforts – terrific! But life is not always wine and roses as they say, and a...
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Setting Expectations: A further key to achieving Success through People

Recently we've been taking a closer look at several elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© model (to date we've covered Clear Vision and Strategy, Effective Leadership and Recruiting Right). This post looks at another key component of the model – Setting Expectations – what it's all about and how to achieve it. "Don't lower...
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Being Accountable: Another key element to achieving Success through People

Over recent month's we've been taking a closer look at each of the elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© model . This month's focus is on Being Accountable. "Accountability breeds response-ability" - Stephen CoveySo What's it all About? In addition to setting clear expectations, the best businesses foster a culture of acco...
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Equipping Others: A further element to achieving Success through People

Over recent month's we've been taking a closer look at each of the elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© model . This month's focus is on Equipping Others. "We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors." - Lyndon B. Johnson So What's it all About? Staff need to have t...
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Being Accountable - 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 more information on why we recommend you and your staff be accountable, check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Equipping Others - 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 more information on why we recommend you equip your staff with skills to better your business and their productivity, check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Managing Risk - 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 more information on why we recommend you manage risk within your business then check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Recruiting Right: Why It's Important and Top Tips

In our first couple of blogs on the 8 Elements to Success thtough people we've taken a look at what we call the Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200" elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© model - Clear Vision and Strategy and Effective Leadership. This blog looks at another key component of the model – Recruiting Right – an...
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Greg Mitchell

Urgent, Important and Managing People - Lessons from Covey

A personal new year commitment to "better prioritise" has prompted me to reflect on the Time Management Matrix, originally proposed by former US President Eisenhower and more recently popularised in Covey's seminal work "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". For those who are not familiar or need some reminding, the mat...
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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: Effective Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader " John Quincy Adams In the first blog, we considered the importance of every business/organisation having a Clear Vision and Strategy. Indeed, it is in our experience so important to have a Clear Vision and Strategy that we refer to it as one of the tw...
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