Culture

‘Morning guys’ – the email starts. ‘Quick observation that is really getting on my tits’. Then it gets worse. And worse. And even worse. It ends with a pretty clear direction – ‘YOU BETTER UP YOUR GAME OR YOU WILL FEEL MY WRATH…’. This, thankfully, is not an email I received.  It was something a […]

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I well remember the day I discovered I was not amongst my people. Sitting in a big Office. Four of us. One very senior leader, two of their direct reports, and myself. I’ve designed a seriously kickass Talent process. Bringing genuine merit right to the fore. We had metrics on performance, going back years, measurement […]

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For Rohan Dyster, GM Organisational Development & Learning at The Star Entertainment Group, working flexibly is the new normal. He works a full week compressed into four days, so that both he and his wife can balance family life and pursue their individual career goals. Flexible working has been such a positive experience, professional and […]

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Last night I attended the CareerTrackers Gala Dinner. It was a night of optimism, inspiration, tears (the best kind) and standing ovations for people who had achieved great things despite enormous obstacles. I loved every minute of it – every single minute. As Michael and I drove home through that lovely muggy warmth of a […]

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Nothing like the holidays to get you out of the rut and thinking a little differently. For those of us in the southern hemisphere, it’s summer. The end of one calendar year and beginning of the next, is our time to pause and reflect. We down tools, head outdoors, spend time with friends and family, […]

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We have all read the stories. The super cool Silicon Valley tech companies where every person works remotely. No office locations. No 9-5. No commute. No water cooler chat. Instead, just a group of hyper-outcomes-focussed individuals, working around the world (usually in ‘sexy’ places – think NY, Berlin or Bondi), using technology to collaborate, and […]

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First Posted by Margie Hartley on 22 August 2017, on www.gramconsultinggroup.com How we work together to create positive results and relationships is my passion and my work. I use the term Social Intelligence. The ability to effectively navigate and negotiate complex social environments.  A learned skill that defines who we are. Whether I am facilitating teams, […]

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(Image Credit: The Office) Every year, about this time, we’re asked for advice on Christmas Parties. What to do? What are the risks? How to avoid risks? What are the responsibilities? How to be inclusive? What’s the ‘right’ way to do this well?   Some people talk about some crazy legal workarounds they’ve heard about, […]

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Answering the question – Is it possible to end an office romance well?   Thanks for your feedback on the case studies we’ve shared recently on bullying and dismissal. Both very tough topics, but both issues that can be better handled than they usually are, simply by adopting a more generous and open mindset. As […]

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A few months back I was speaking to a client, a seriously experienced and successful leader, about the challenging culture of a retail food services team he supported. “Even though the team work in a small shop environment, they don’t really communicate or rally around each other. Sales targets are often missed. Customers have long […]

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