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Talent management: the danger of generic solutions

Many misconceptions exist about the qualities required by someone to be successful. For instance, what do Albert Einstein, Warren Buffet, Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Darwin, and Rosa Parks have in common? Of course they are known as leaders who made an impact on their world. Actually, it turns out that they were all introverts as well. (more…)

How can you keep talent on your team?

Talent retention is now a business priority in Zhoushan. Margaret Mackay discusses what entices skilled people to stay.

Photo credit: Jakub Hałun CC BY-SA 3.0 (more…)

A simple way to increase your organisation’s productivity

How many projects have you seen delayed due to miscommunications? And how many processes could be made easier if some of your colleagues would just get on better?

Although many businesses acknowledge the importance of soft skills, not many put their money where their mouth is. Soft skills training is often postponed because “we have to prioritise other training” or “we don’t have any soft skills budget set aside”. (more…)

How to convince management of the importance of soft skills

Most Learning & Development managers are well aware of the importance of soft skills for the success of a business, but it can sometimes be a real struggle to convince top management to invest in essential training.

Here are a few tips to get your leadership on board. (more…)

Learning at the point of need: 3 essential aspects

I started my morning today with reading LinkedIn’s insightful 2018 Workplace Learning Report, based on a survey of over 1,200 Talent Development managers and 2,800 other professionals. (more…)

7 Steps to a Successful HR M&A Due Diligence

The HR M&A due diligence is a major contributor during the three phases of a merger, i.e. due diligence, the first 100 days of the M&A process, and the remaining part of the merger until completion. This article is based on “M&A Due Diligence Checklist for Human Resources”, an eBook tackling HR M&A due diligence in support of business leaders, HR professionals and HR consultants.  (more…)

A different approach: If I cannot see your vision, I cannot follow it!


Most of us have probably attended countless presentations on visions, strategies and action plans, with boredom descending over the crowd as soon as the 1st PowerPoint slide hit the screen. Opportunity is rarely given for participation and co-creation, and instead, silent “acceptance” and passive resignation takes over. (more…)

7 Aspects You Should Know About Diversity Management


As an HR manager, you know that diversity within your staff is important. Scientific evidence doesn’t leave room for doubt: Teams with people from a variety of backgrounds, traits, and experiences outperform teams where everyone more or less shares those aspects. But what can you do to ensure you have a diverse company?  (more…)

Recruitment and Selection: 6 Tips to Ensure Ideal Candidates Don’t Slip Away

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As a project manager and recruiter, you know how crucial recruitment and selection is to your organisation’s development. You also know that there are too few hours in the day to sufficiently dedicate yourself to it. Don’t let the best candidates slip away! Don’t keep coming back to phase one. Here are 6 tips for you to prevent this from happening:

How Does a Productivity Culture Affect Organizational Learning?

Affect organizational learning. Affect organizational learning.

Productivity cultures are becoming increasingly popular in workplaces, with the precarious economy fuelling workplaces whose culture orientates around output. This rise in popularity is for good reason too. Statistics show that ‘companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%’.

The explosion of ‘productivity’ as a work culture is linked to the emergence of ‘lean start-ups’. Companies whose business ethos is efficiency and strategy-orientated. Its rise is established businesses occurred after the global 2008 financial crisis which meant that businesses had to operate on smaller personnel resources resulting in an increased need for maximum efficiency per employee.

The internet also fuelled productivity culture with workplace time management tools enabling employees to gain greater insight into how they work and how they can make themselves more efficient. There are great benefits to a productivity culture if it is deployed correctly, however, if it’s done wrong it can create a negative workplace environment and negatively impact the business’s brand in the eyes of potential employees and consumers.