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The generation game

Posted on Mar 5, 2018

“A lot of the research on millennials suggests that they are looking for work that will make a difference, where they can feel connected to a cause or to the mission of a company,”

The generation game

In late December 2016, an interview with author and speaker Simon Sinek took the internet by storm. Sinek’s take on millennials in the workplace – a depiction of an entitled generation, spoiled by participation medals and parents who told them they were special – drew a mixed reaction, with some sharing his views and others criticising his sweeping generalisations.

Are millennials really that different? And how can managers balance the needs of an intergenerational team in the workplace?

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Get on board

Posted on Feb 9, 2018

“Get in, get involved and make it happen.”

“Get in, get involved and make it happen.”

Get on board

“When you get a good opportunity, just go for it.”

That’s the advice of Vivienne Jupp, a former senior Accenture executive and an experienced non-executive director, to women who’d like to gain board-level experience. In 2010, Jupp and her former Accenture colleague, Anne-Marie Taylor, set up the Board Diversity Initiative to increase the visibility of “competent, capable and willing women” who want to take on board positions.

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Keeping hold of that new year zest

Posted on Jan 19, 2018

”Instead of trying to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick, we need a whole new approach”

Keeping hold of that new year zest

Are you full of plans for the year ahead? Raring to go? Feeling productive?

January lends itself to goal-setting, capitalising on the fresh start that a new year offers. However, the challenge is to not run out of steam as the year progresses. And, as well as keeping themselves on course, managers also need to ensure that their teams stay motivated long after the new year spirit dissipates.

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Mindfulness

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

mindfulness

Think of mindfulness as a way to enhance certain kinds of mental fitness

Mindfulness

One last push before the end of the year, projects to finish, books to balance, decisions to finalise. It’s no wonder many workers and managers are counting the days until the Christmas break and a chance to catch their breath and gather their thoughts.

While a few days off might help to dial down the stress levels, companies are increasingly looking at longer term strategies to help their staff to manage stress and improve wellbeing.

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Gender equality

Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Gender Equality

“In order to change any system, you have to change the culture,”

Gender Equality

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you might recall a recent piece about men in America being far more likely than women to be promoted during the early stages of the career.

That blog post cited figures from a study by LeanIn.org and consultancy firm McKinsey, and looked at the continued underrepresentation of women in corporate Ireland too.

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Authentic leadership

Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Just be yourself

“Self-awareness is only part of what makes an authentic leader,”

Authentic leadership

 

Business is a landscape often peppered with jargon and buzzwords.

One term that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately is authentic leadership. But it is just another buzzword, or is it actually a useful concept for business leaders?

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Scary statistics! Women leaders climbing the ladder

Posted on Oct 27, 2017

We hear a lot of statistics about female leadership, and the gender gap in the office.

Scary Statistics!
Women leaders climbing the ladder

We hear a lot of statistics about female leadership, and the gender gap in the office. But one new statistic has really shocked us. Corporate America promotes men at 30 per cent higher rates than women during the early stages of their careers.

So, for every 100 women promoted to a manager role, 130 men make the jump.

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Why diversity needs to be on your board’s risk register

Posted on Oct 24, 2017

Credit: Sunday Business Post

Why diversity needs to be on your board’s risk register

By Margaret E. Ward

As featured in The Business Post.

Business, by it’s very nature, is risky. Economic and political uncertainty or
supply chain problems can scupper the best-laid plans. Planning for risk is an important part of managing a business effectively.

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Finding a successor

Posted on Oct 6, 2017

“The career smart person who drives their own career will always consider who their successor could be, no matter what level role they are operating at,”

Handing over the reins

Whether it is setting up your own business, a move to a different employer or an internal move to another role, most people will at some point in their career jump ship.

Tempting as it is to pack up your desk and head for the hills, working with your successor to ensure a smooth handover is likely to make your move much easier on those around you. Aiding the transition is one thing, but should you be eyeing up potential successors long before you make a move?

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Don’t let your inbox hijack you

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Laptop with post-its

“It sounds really simple but most people don’t do it, work on your priorities.”

Don’t let your inbox hijack you

We’ve all had those days when you arrive at the office, all set to tackle your to-do list but then one glance at your email sets you off on a different course for the day.

It’s a common problem, according to productivity expert Ciara Conlon.

“People spend their day reacting. They open their inbox in the morning and start reacting to what’s in it,” she said. (more…)

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