Performance At Work

Confidence – not perfection – should be the goal

The great debate continues. A controversial OpEd by clinical psychologist Lisa Damour in the New York Times about the fundamentally different approaches girls and boys take to school assignments caught my eye the other day. Lisa’s observation - based on years [...]

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Re-training for Life…and a Life of Re-training

In the good old days, high school students wanting to train for a job/career had a choice – go to college to learn a trade or similar vocational qualification or head to university and gain a tertiary education. These days, it’s not that simple. Instead of [...]

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Employee wellbeing starts with job control not yoga classes

Many of us have taken up some form of mindfulness or movement practice to help manage our stress and ageing bodies. I love going to yoga a couple of times a week for both the mental benefits that help soothe the week’s stress as well as the physical benefits [...]

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Short-term focus on “pay” leads to long-term “payn”

Unless they’ve been living in a cave, everyone in Australia will be familiar with the results of the recent Royal Commission into the state of the financial services sector in Australia. The Commission’s senior counsel assisting, Rowena Orr highlighted the [...]

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Great performance starts with great relationships

What criteria does your company use when recruiting new board members or executive team leaders? My guess is that professional credentials, experience, track record and subject matter expertise are at the top of the list. Interpersonal and relationship skills, [...]

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Driving Performance Through Quality Performance Conversations

Over the past five years, a revolution in Performance Management has taken place. Companies such as Accenture, Microsoft and PWC have dumped their traditional "backward looking" ratings approach and have adopted or are experimenting with "goal oriented" [...]

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Making teams work takes work

Working in Teams is something we can all relate to. There is huge quantities of literature on how to create high performing teams and many professionals available to help our teams work more effectively. Yet my guess would be that many of us would say the teams [...]

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Does your leadership style produce results?

Historically leadership style simply referred to the way a leader went about providing direction, implementing plans and motivating people. Their leadership style described what they did and how they did it but didn't explicitly refer to what results the [...]

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Drive Firm Value by Hiring Women CEOs and Top Managers

Finally, the jury is in. A very sophisticated meta-analysis study by Seung-Hwan Jeong and David A. Harrison of the University of Texas - Austin concluded there is “no cumulative, zero-order evidence of long-term performance declines for firms that have more [...]

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