Leadership-Driven HR Transformation – the 3 Areas on Which You Should be Focusing In today’s highly competitive marketplace, many businesses are searching for new directions and are transforming their way of working. HR is on the same journey and is changing dramatically, too. HR professionals must find innovative ways to transform and deliver value for their businesses, writes Dr David Weiss, author of Leadership-Driven HR andPresident and CEO of Weiss International Ltd.
Talent Management in Emerging Economies: 10 Lessons for South African Organisations The world may now be one economy, but it is definitely not one talent market. As emerging market consumers demand products and solutions tailored to their values and priorities, global companies are beginning to recognise the need to build a local workforce that can respond to more sophisticated local buyers. In addition, developing economies are growing faster than some mature economies and are becoming a primary source for revenue, profits, and now talent. Understanding the capabilities, employability, and cultural implications of talent in these markets is critical to prioritising growth objectives effectively and leveraging the opportunities they represent. In time, the lessons learned in developing countries and other emerging markets could drive talent strategies around the world.
Business Leadership Required for 2013 and Beyond We live in truly challenging times, globally. We have seen the demise of huge corporates and have witnessed a once-in-a-hundred year event (the largest of its kind since the Great Depression), the economic recession, unravel our lives at a blistering pace that not even the smartest business and investor analysts could have predicted. In this article, Shirley Zinn raises questions on the current state of leadership and suggests that we adopt a full-spectrum leadership approach if we truly want to adapt to new realities.
“It’s interesting to note that the Chinese ideogram for crisis has two key characters,” says INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Herminia Ibarra. “One stands for opportunity and the other for danger.”
Ibarra is describing what it’s like to face a career crossroads: that fork in the road where you don’t like where you’re going but can’t figure out how to take that other road. Confusion, fear and worry get in the way of opportunity.
“You say to yourself, ‘if I don’t make a move now, I’ll regret it later, it will be too late ten years from now,’ but at the same time fear of the unknown, of leaving behind what one has built, what one has accomplished, of getting off the path one has chosen, holds you back,” Ibarra explained in an interview with INSEAD Knowledge.
Employer Branding in South Africa: Where Do Graduates Want to Work? Employer branding has become central to the business objectives of many companies and plays a central role in many companies’ overarching business strategies. In a global economy that is largely defined by knowledge and therefore people, attracting and then retaining the best people is a key driver to the success of a company. In this article, Jenali Skuse examines the findings of Universum’s recent survey at all 23 universities in South Africa, based on a range of career-related expectations and preferences of students in South Africa; and discusses the implications of the findings for companies as employers.
CEO Pay: What Really Matters? The question of which element within a company influences CEO guaranteed pay the most has drawn much attention, not only from Human Resources professionals, but from the general public and shareholders of public companies as well. This topic drove much debate last year with questions regarding the inequality between CEO and average employee pay, as well as the link between CEO pay and performance. Bryden Morton explores this issue in more depth.
COACHING AND MENTORING
Business Coaching in 2020: Collaboration and Contribution Where will business coaching be in 2020? Although we can’t say with any certainty, there are some indications of where the discipline is headed. Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron discusses five areas key to the future of business coaching: professionalisation; research; mastery of practice; education and development of coaches; and coaching and society.
Ten Critical features to becoming a High-Performance/High-Engagement/High-Responsibility Organisation: The Critical Key Is People Effectiveness There is a newly emerging world order informed by a reformulated competitive equation: the continuous delivery of innovative, customised, high-quality products and services, simultaneously bringing costs down, and getting products and services more quickly to markets, from inception to introduction. This equation is a based on recalibrated competitive maths: respond twice as fast, deliver twice as much, at twice the speed, at half the cost, within half the accepted life span, and do all of the above on an ongoing basis, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, for anyone, writes Prof. Theo Veldsman.
The Impact of Stress on Situational Awareness, with Specific Reference to Safety Consciousness It is well known through research that the socioeconomic reality of modern living impacts on us as humans. The causal factor relating to what is known as stress, burn-out, exhaustion, the continuous adaption to change in modern living and the relentless pressure to perform is the inability to cope within a given environment. If an organism, including us as humans, can no longer cope, the organism will first defend, then degrade, and eventually will be so overwhelmed by its reality that it dies, writes Dr Jürgen Seifert.
Expand your Mind
We all know that facilitators and developers are never allowed to get tired – we are expected to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all the time! The problem is that we spend so much time focusing on keeping our learners alert and involved that we forget that we too need to be refreshed.
So what is Client Service?
On a recent trip my wife and I went to a restaurant in the Wilderness, on South Africa's famed Garden Route. It was a quiet midweek evening in mid-winter, so we had not booked. We were immediately met at the door with a friendly welcome and asked where we would like to sit.
Enrich the Learning Environment
A rich learning environment is one that is filled with appropriate tools, pictures, ideas, music and furniture. Here is a selection of things that you can do to make your learning environment more interesting.