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Greg Mitchell

Research Results: Benchmarking Success through People

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...
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Greg Mitchell

What I’ve Learnt About HR in Smaller Businesses

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-manageme...
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Greg Mitchell

What do I need to do - Terminating during Probationary Period

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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Margot Gallagher

Staff Pulse / Engagement Surveys – how can they help business performance?

Staff Pulse / Engagement Surveys – how can they help business performance?
Much as they'd like to be, when it comes to staffing matters, most business leaders aren't mind readers. Too often, good staff leave an organisation and – by the time leaders realise there were issues - it's too late to try and keep them. Staff Pulse Surveys can give you a great feel for the employee "vibe" in your business and help you to identify...
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Greg Mitchell

How's Your Thinking?

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, wi...
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Greg Mitchell

3 Simple Ways to Stop Negative Self-Talk

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/impost...
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Greg Mitchell

Leadership and the Value of Insight

Leadership and the Value of Insight
​ I've spent a lot of time over the years in the leadership development space - as a learner, facilitator, coach, avid reader and observer.  One of the things I've learned along the way is that much of the literature and research in this area is focused on seeking answers to questions such as "What is it that constructive leaders DO?", and "Ho...
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Greg Mitchell

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

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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Greg Mitchell

"She's great at her job, but..."

"She's great at her job, but..."
On at least three separate occasions over the last couple of weeks I've had clients make comments to me along those lines, and it's frankly getting annoying. Please don't tell me "S he's great at her job [Finance Manager by the way] , but terrible at managing people ". Please don't tell me " He's great at his job [Business Development Manager] , bu...
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Greg Mitchell

Conquering the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Conquering the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model (above) was developed by Patrick Lencioni, author of the best-selling book of the same name and founder and president of The Table Group, a US-based management consulting firm.  The model, drawn from Lencioni's experiences in executive team development, identifies those attributes that tend to be apparent ...
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Greg Mitchell

Measuring People Management Performance - “Who Cares?” and “Oh Sh*t!”

Measuring People Management Performance - 
“Who Cares?” and “Oh Sh*t!”
​Just as it's critical to business success to measure and analyse revenue and profit, investment performance, and monitor the costs of production or service delivery, so it is critical to measure the outcomes and processes associated with managing people.  This applies regardless of the size of the business. After all, employment-related costs...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Dependent

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Dependent
In a previous article, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviours, and their impact upon business and organisation performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ). This latest and fina...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Power

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Power
In a previous article, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviours, and their impact upon business and organisation performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ). This latest article ...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Affiliative

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Affiliative
In a previous article, 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 ). This latest article...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Approval

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Approval
In a previous article, 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 ). This latest article...
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Greg Mitchell

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

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 ...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Competitive

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Competitive
In a previous article, 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 ). This latest article...
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Greg Mitchell

Setting Expectations: A further key to achieving Success through People

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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Greg Mitchell

Being Accountable: Another key element to achieving Success through People

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 Covey So What's it all About? In addition to setting clear expectations, the best businesses foster a culture of acc...
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Greg Mitchell

Equipping Others: A further element to achieving Success through People

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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