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We Are Not Broken

It feels like much of the world operates on the premise that people are broken, people are a problem, people are not performing, people are not jumping to the target that they had nothing to do with setting, people need to be somehow something that they are not, people are somehow not enough, if only […]

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When workplace mediation goes belly up

Imagine this. You’re a busy manager. You have two employees who despise each other.  They’re engaged in a long-standing cold war that’s destroying productivity and killing morale. It’s only a matter of time before an untenable situation becomes unfixable. Time to unleash your secret weapon – the mediator. You know mediation works. The enemies agree to […]

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Thinking about hiring a Graduate?

Recently I’ve been hanging out with a range of uni students: accounting, business, HR mainly. I am hearing very similar challenges from them around such things as knowing how to practically prepare themselves for the workforce; understanding how critical networking is to their success; working out how to compete successfully for the all-important first job; […]

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The mind of innovation

As seen in the Newcastle Herald If I had $10 for every client that I have worked with who has the word “innovation” in their values proudly displayed on their walls, I would be richer than I am now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the focus on it and that companies have great intent. But […]

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Remembering to play

Sitting at my desk at the Dash co-working space, a sudden uproar alerted me. Looking up, I saw a nerf war in progress among the Zimpleweb team. Lots of laughter ensued. Within about 10 minutes, everything had settled down and the Nerf Warriors had returned to work. Over the following weeks, I watched with fascination […]

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Strategy vs Culture (1)

How does strategy impact organisational culture?

Many of the organisations that we have worked with, engage us for a number of reasons. These can be categorised into three main themes. They either; Need help fixing a cultural issue before it turns toxic, OR; Need HR/People and Culture support in recruitment and workforce planning, OR; Need Coaching and Mentoring for Personal Development. The 2nd and 3rd […]

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Finding your sweet spot

Guess what? I am not a mechanic, an academic or an engineer. We are human specialists. We work with a complete range of humans who are technically fantastic with what they do, they may be any of the above, they may be teachers, social workers, accountants or lawyers. Inevitably one of two things happen. Due […]

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