Ideas Articles

The truth about organisational restructuring

The start The first time I experienced a restructure, was when I got a call to come into the CIO office. that was about six months after I joined the company as a team leader in IT. Not sure what the topic was, I got into his room and set down. The CIO wanted to hear my ideas about some other areas in IT. The conversation sounded valid, but I had this distinct feeling something was up. I got...

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Agile teams don’t scale! They spread

Background Agile teams definition: “Small, smart, dedicated, in-place teams who have the necessary range of skills to seize a new opportunity as it arises. The agile teams manage themselves and are fully accountable for what they do”. With technologies and competition accelerating, companies are hoping to shift into a more flexible organisational model. The buzzword for this is agile. Agile once...

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The secret for thriving organisations

    Recently I discussed with an HR director about helping people to discover their passions and understand how they can use these effectively to create a meaningful and fulfilling work(places). The first reaction was “That sounds very interesting and great for the participants, I am sure we will be interested when we are not as busy as now”. Since busy is the new word for no, we did a...

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The reason you don’t recruit the best talents

I found it interesting to read an article on the NZ Herald talking about the industry of personality tests as a way used by organisations to reduce the risk of recruiting the wrong people. (p.s. as opposed to increasing the chance of hiring the best people). It’s unfortunately, supporting my view that the challenge we are facing in New Zealand and elsewhere is a problem of talent waste not...

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Get over it, we are all biased – part 2

There have been many discussions about unconscious bias, however, we still have not found an effective way to actually remove or at least reduce bias in organisations and work cultures. The truth is, unconscious bias is the way our brain works, maybe we should just accept it? Step 1: Leverage first impression bias and the “similar to me” effect We are all biased by preferring people who are...

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Get over it, we are all biased – part 1

Bias - inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair. (Wikipedia) Unconscious bias - refers to a bias that we are unaware of and which happens outside of our control. It happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment,...

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Do we really have a talent crisis?

Based on the latest PWC CEO survey, “New Zealand CEOs are being ‘kept awake at night’ as a nation-wide shortage of people with digital skills threatens local businesses”. The survey highlights that while the problem of talent crisis is felt globally, it perceived to be bigger in New Zealand. The focus is on what is called digital skills with jobs for data scientists, designers and programmers...

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The probable future might not favor most humans

It seems that in the last few months, everyone is joining in on the predictions and speculations regarding the Future of Work and the anxiety levels regarding this topic are increasing. It is not hard to see why many are confused: The first signs of mega changes in big corporates, where a significant number of jobs are dramatically changing or altogether disappearing. The war for the scarce...

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