Paying a Monthly Fee for SEO Services is Often a Waste of Time and Money

Careful Paying a Monthly Fee for SEO Services   You spend loads on your sparkling new website… No visitors…  After being bombarded from all corners of the world by ‘the world’s best SEO Services company’. They promise you the world – ‘we’re a Google partner!’ they say (whatever that really means); ‘front page of Google’ they say. You choose one and start paying them a monthly retainer. They bombard you…

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Retaining Top Talent – Imperatives

Tips for Retaining Top Talent Financing was a key area for organisational competitive advantage for retaining talent before the GFC ten years ago. For directors the challenges appear to be around the management of human capital and the fight for talent. As directors become more in-tune, it is inevitable that boards will seek human resource information with the same degree of integrity as that expected of financial information. Systems and…

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It’s Not Too Late to Reinvent Yourself – Even after 50!

Reinvent Yourself! How are you adapting, and approaching your next reinvention curve? People have to reinvent themselves to fit into the new context of work. After speaking with many Baby Boomers and X’ers who want to reinvent themselves but fear it’s too late, I’ve identified several key points for older workers who hope to make a transition. Understand you do have enough time. Some people think it’s not worth it…

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What to Do After a Bad Performance Review

Performance Review Tips It can be hard to recover from a less-than-stellar performance review, especially one you didn’t see coming. You might feel angry, embarrassed and confused. How do you regain your professional confidence after a bad performance review? How do you make the best use of the critical feedback? Negative feedback often contradicts the stories that we tell about ourselves — what we’re good at, what we’re capable of….

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Networking for the Shy or Introverted

The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded ‘meet and greet’ in Sydney. The organisers had arranged a reception and I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people whom I’ve kept in touch with. But when I walked out the door, I was thrilled with a revelation: I’m never doing that again. It wasn’t the…

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Three Questions to Enhance Your Career Progression

In most organisations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with dubious, so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers and direct reports. And there is also, of course, your annual performance review. For managers seeking promotion, such feedback is of only marginal…

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Having a Mentor to help Realise your Potential

What is mentoring? Who is a mentor? Several experts have published their definitions over the years. Kathy Kram, well known author of multiple papers and books on mentoring and Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, defines a mentor as “someone who may provide a host of career development and psychosocial functions, which may include role modelling and sponsoring.” These insights were published in her book Mentoring…

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Is your SME Business Gold – or at least Silver!

A Gold business is one that provides its customers with such a positive, uplifting, memorable experience that it generates its own marketing. Have you ever had such a great experience as a customer that you just couldn’t wait to tell your family and friends about it? If your business commands this type of pro-active, word of mouth, self-generating marketing – you know you have a Gold business. Here are 10…

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5 Tips to Get over Your Fear of Conflict          

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be ‘nice’ or avoid issues altogether. We can end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves and others without confronting often necessary conflict. We complain, feel frustrated and ruminate on something that already happened. Or, we anticipate something that might happen. These conversations usually sound something like this: “My colleague interrupted…

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Four Tips for Building Accountability

Accountability is a favorite word to invoke – when the lack of it has become so apparent.  Its’s also a loaded word and political football in major sectors crying out for reform, such as health care and public education. Who should get what data about doctor success rates, hospital effectiveness, student achievement or school performance? What should be measured or tested? What should be done with the data? Should doctor…

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