I recently participated in a powerful seminar by Dr Tony Humphreys who came to visit our holding company Adcorp in South Africa with valuable information premised on leading from the inside out. It was an extremely interesting session which prompted much self reflection and analysis. Humphreys prompts an enquiry of society which questions the essence of man’s motives with the epicentre being around the defences that we as individuals create in order to survive and make sense of our world. (more…)
I recently took my daughter to a birthday party at the Egoli Café in Edenvale. A play date delight for parents and their little ones : well-kitted out for parents to relax and have a conversation whilst the energetic youngsters jump happily away to their hearts content on a jumping castle or giant trampoline. The difference with this venue from most others is that there is a “Wall” – a climbing wall kitted out professionally with helmets, figures of eight, climbing ropes and a buzzer right at the top of the wall which makes a delightful buzz when hit by the successful climber upon reaching their goal. (more…)
I’d like to ensure that all my clients and candidates are able to find meaning in their work and I’d like to recommend an awesome book by Robert Holden PhD entitled Success Intelligence. As a starting point, if you have looked at what success is and what it means to you, you might be surprised by the results! What are you striving for at work and in your career?
I’d like to share some insights on a few day-to-day “small” things that could make a BIG difference and move you into a better place in your working relationships: (more…)
I received a call from an anxious candidate this week stating he feels he is in an ethical dilemma. Should he tell his boss he is looking for a new job? The anxiety around leaving the office at the drop-of-a-hat, the pressure of being away from the office and feeling that people “know” what he’s up to was causing him strain. He has also used up a lot of leave days and feels he is always making excuses to get out of the office. On the other hand, the strain of the unknown, what might happen if he tells his boss and his exit from the company is sped up without finding another position first! It’s simply more unbearable to be unemployed – he has bills and a mortgage to pay!
So, my 54 fellow DAV runners / walkers and I took to the tar and set foot.
Whether the steps we took were fast paced or slightly more elegant and less sweaty, as a team we stepped up (and forward) and owned our race – J.P. Morgan would have been proud.
I was convinced this would be my last living day, Liani (a DAV colleague and previous Iron Woman competitor) spoke of those who have been training for the past weeks, well good on you guys, I respect you all, and no, I was not one of them. Instead I carbo-loaded with a pie and a chocolate at 10h00 in the morning!
We pavement parked near Wanderers (It helps having a little bean-car, I strongly advise you guys invest in one for next year). After much waiting, the “GO” light went green and along with my fellow non-trainer but partner in kicking all things behind, Jessica Pool, we aimed high and started our little mission 101.
If you find yourself one of the millions that are personally affected by job loss or have been sitting without a job for a while; you may wonder how on earth you are going to get back any sense of positivity. Beating the Unemployment Blues.
To start out try staying busy by learning new skills, networking and most importantly keeping your body and mind in good shape. Positive results = positive attitude! Try stay away from the things that usually bring your attitude down and bear in mind that people enjoy being around optimistic individuals that look at life through ‘half-full-glass-eyes’.
All eyes have been on the outcome of the Nedlac process where a decision will be made proposed regulation of the temporary employment services industry. The 2008 outcome of legislation in Nambia which effectively banned brokers has been cited as precedent but interestingly the Nambian Supreme court has ruled that the banning of labour brokers is unconstitutional.
Johan Botha of CAPES, the Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector, says they believe a ban would be unconstitutional in this country too. “Our view is that the enforcement of regulation is a priority in order to ensure legally compliant and professional practice”.
According to Johan, the SA Minister of Labour has admitted to watching the Namibian developments with interest and that Nedlac have also been referred to this matter.