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Digital Immersion and Social DNA: Eliminating the Immigrant / Native divide?

A recent report from TGI Clickstream presents data that is believed to dispel the perception that people under-30 [Digital Natives] have a higher online presence than Digital Immigrants. Theauthors of the report believe that it is a user’s Social DNA
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Digital Natives – The back-story

The development of Digital Natives as a concept can trace its roots through the history of computers. Through the 70’s and 80’s computers went from being the size of your house to something you could have in a room in
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Digital Natives @ Play – where online and offline merge

I was recently doing some end of winter gardening. My Digital Native children aged 11 and 7 ½ were outside helping. They were soon bored and began to play instead. Soon the game was a good old-fashioned Army game of

Millennials in the Workplace: an article on 60 Minutes

This 3 minute intro to a full 60 minute programme does a great job of identifying, and connecting with, some of the challenges that the Millennial generation bring into the workplace. They ARE different, and we will have to shift traditional

Meet Gen Y: Five videos, ten minutes and a lot of insight

Raymond de Villiers is TomorrowToday’s Gen Y guru. He works hard to understand today’s young people, and then make sense of them for you and me and our businesses. He’s packaged some of his insights into short “thought bullet” videos

Recent media mentions

Graeme Codrington has appeared in the media a few times in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of his contributions: Speaking on Gen Y at the British Hospitality Association annual convention, Graeme focused attention on the impact that a younger

The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

Last week I was sent a link to an interesting infographic on the ten most important work skills in 2020. It is a graphic respresentation of research done by the University of Phoenix and the Institute for the Future (see
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How Generation X Ruined the World

This article originally appeared on vice.com (original on link below). Written by Theis Duelund How Generation X Ruined the World   Reality Bites Screenshot via YouTube user thecultbox Hey, did you hear about the western Antarctic ice sheet? The melting there has
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Loyalty: Red and Blue on Merseyside and what we can learn about loyalty

As I write this I am sitting in quaint little coffee shop on Liverpool’s main street, one minutes walk from The Cavern where it all started for The Beatles. As I watch people walk by on what is a rare
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Are your companies’ mentoring efforts adding enough value?

A cornerstone of almost all business strategies is the need to get more out of people. It’s because of this that mentoring remains a key component of many development programmes. Especially in South Africa at this time there is a

The Potential – and Problems – of Being Generation X

Generation Xers are becoming middle aged. And some of them are not doing it in style. They’re also causing some chaos in their workplaces with their emphasis on family, flexibility and their own goals above those of their companies. In

It really IS about your people – now, more than ever!

People are your most important asset! You know this, because your company’s annual statements include this sentence every year. But do companies really believe this? They’d better. Most of the efficiencies your company is hoping to achieve in the next

Five secrets for engaging and retaining Gen Y talent

Studies show that the current crop of Gen Y talent,  will have had up to 12 different jobs and the majority of Gen Y professional graduates  (doctors, engineers, architects lawyers etc.) will no longer be working in their chosen career

The Year of the Employee: Forbes’ predictions for 2014 talent, leadership and HR tech

Ian Turner, one of Duke CE’s top MD’s and leadership development programme experts gets credit for finding this interesting article and sending it on to me. There are some fascinating thoughts in Deloittes’ predictions for 2014, published in Forbes, as

Booz & Co’s Strategy+Business Best Business Blogs of 2013

The editor of Booz & Co’s Strategic+Business magazine and blog site selected his favourite business blogs of 2013. I like this list a lot – there’s some really valuable articles here. It’s an eclectic list, but well worth taking some

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make (HBR Blog)

As we head into a new year, an article on the Harvard Business Review blog network caught my eye. It went beyond those pithy list type emails and Facebook status updates you get at this time of year, with some

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

As we get the new year rolling, my eye caught an HBR article that reviewed some of the fresh management thinking from 2013 that really made an impact around the world (and in the Harvard Business Revie, of course). There
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Talent Management: It’s a three-door problem

The magazine ‘Parade’ had a column ‘Ask Marilyn’ by the person with the highest recorded IQ (according to the Guinness Book of Records), Marilyn vos Savant. In 1990 Craig Whitaker of Columbia wrote in with a question that is known

Film director Joss Whedon on strong female leads

Joss Whedon, according to his Wikipedia entry, is an American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as
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How Does The Enneagram Help With Understanding Others

Once you have had time to ponder over the accuracy of the Enneagram through using it for self-observation, you can begin to use the Enneagram to observe other people. Not like a voyeur might, but rather as a mechanism through
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The Enneagram, A Tool For Self- Observation

The French philosopher, Marcel Proust, said that the true journey of discovery does not consist of searching for new landscapes, but in having new eyes I loved that quote and agree with him. We have all heard that saying when
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Why Once-Off Training Is Not Sustainable

The hardest part about my job is that clients want me to perform miracles. Whilst I aim to please, sometimes it is just not possible to do in one day what they want. What most clients want is for me
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Women @ Work

It is the first work day of September, which means it is officially the end of ‘Woman’s Month’. However, I hope this does not mean that questions around how we can best maximise the benefits that the women inside our
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7 Stats that change everything: What to be thinking about as a Leader.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics”. Of course we know that statistics can be used to support multiple sides of an argument and as Mark Twain once observed, “Facts are

Why graduates remain unemployed (and what to do about it)

Yesterday, I presented our team’s most requested presentation, “The TIDES of Change” to a group of top business leaders in Sandton. During the Q&A, someone asked a simple but profound question: “What makes you most nervous?” When thinking of the
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The Most Profound Tool For Growing Your Human Capital

Most businesses, organizations and institutions today recognize that necessity and benefit of harnessing their human capital. Due to the fact that the world has changed so much and because we are in a constant state of change, managers have to
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The twin challenge that could sink your boat

In TomorrowToday we have had the privilege to have been involved with several profession service firms internationally – both in the accounting and legal spheres. Such institutions are always quick to inform you that they are different – different from

Video: Technology replacing professionals in 10 years

If you had told a farmer a century ago that he would not need labourers, and would be able to harvest and manage his farm using machines he would have laughed at you. If you had told factory bosses the
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Learning is changing – and businesses will need to change too

There is a pattern to the disruption of industries – change happens slowly, with a few early-adopters taking a technology and innovating, but not always in the optimum way.  Then it happens quickly – and a whole industry can come
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Three Reasons Why You Should Mentor Someone In Your Organisation

Mentorship is not a new concept. The word Mentor comes from the Ancient Greek writer Homer’s epic story called The Odyssey. The story is of a hero, called Odysseus, who takes ten years to return home from the Trojan War.
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The Power Of Our Youth

Having just commemorated Youth Day last Sunday (16th June) I thought it would be pertinent to have a look at how we can celebrate South Africa’s youth. After all, this year marked the 37th anniversary of when young South African’s
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Why Sir Alex Ferguson Was Such A Successful Manager

Whether or not you are a Manchester United fan, it would be difficult to argue with the fact that as a business this football club has been massively successful, to say nothing of their success as a sports team. In
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Generation Jobless: A warning to us all

The April 27th Economist ran a cover story about the ‘generation jobless’ – the global rise of youth unemployment. It is a serious concern for a number of reasons and one that could have long-lasting implications for both the global

Podcast: The Customer Experience Show – Secrets of Successful Multi-Generational Work Cultures

Dean and myself were interviewed by Michelle Romanica on the Customer Experience Show on Blogtalk Radio. It was a great show, with some fascinating insights into multi-generational workplaces. The blurb of the show says: In their work, Graeme Codrington and

Podcast: The Customer Experience Show – Secrets of Successful Multi-Generational Work Cultures

Dean and myself were interviewed by Michelle Romanica on the Customer Experience Show on Blogtalk Radio. It was a great show, with some fascinating insights into multi-generational workplaces. The blurb of the show says: In their work, Graeme Codrington and

Video: Fujitsu’s 21st Century Leadership series

Recently, I spoke at an evening function hosted by Fujitsu in London. The theme was: “Who’s in charge? Leadership in the 21st century workplace”. Liv Garfield, CEO of BT Openreach, and myself shared the platform and a panel discussion, and
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What Horses Can Teach You About Relationships?

Being good Friday, I wanted to write about Easter. I pondered over how Easter fitted into the world of work and what analogies, parallels or connotations I could draw so as so make this Blog didactic. So I Googled things

I want you in my office. Now. What’s really going on at Yahoo?

The biggest tech news so far this year has been an announcement by Yahoo that they want “all hands on deck” and that all work-from-home is being cancelled as from June. Irked Yahoo employees have leaked the memo that was
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What Winnie The Pooh Can Teach You About Yourself and Your Colleagues

In 1926 A.A. Milne wrote the first collection of stories about a bear called Winnie the Pooh and his friends. The ‘Pooh Bear’ stories became globally known when Disney adopted them and adapted them for a series of very successful
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‘Just Do It’, how cruelly ironic in retrospect!

I have been battling to get my head around the Oscar Pistorius case. I did not know how much I valued him as a South African inspiration story until just over ten days ago when that was somewhat thrown into
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'Just Do It', how cruelly ironic in retrospect!

I have been battling to get my head around the Oscar Pistorius case. I did not know how much I valued him as a South African inspiration story until just over ten days ago when that was somewhat thrown into

New ways of working – the revolution is still rumbling along

It was the early 1990s, and a new generation had started entering the world of work at just the time that personal computers were creating opportunities for significant change to the way the workplace functioned. Within just a few years,

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

VIDEO: A free agent nation – disruptive employment

The world is being completely reshaped by five key disruptive forces: technology, institutional change, demographics, environmental and ethic issues, and shifting social values. This video investigates how one company has created a vision of how this might change the world

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was
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Leadership Self-Awareness

I have yet to meet a leader that can effectively solve problems or conflict by way of assertion. In fact, assertion as a means to resolution is highly toxic to your organizational culture.  Assertion is like holding a beach ball
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Do you get Why? How millenial are you?

Here is a short check list: How much television do you watch? How often do you play video games? Do you wear a watch? Do you have a landline in your house (or just a cell phone)? Do you speak

Your Real Work as a Leader: A sense of vocation

“I love what I do!” I have come to realize that there are a lot of people who cannot say that- folk for whom their working life is something to get done so that they can carry on with what
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Who are Generation Y really?

Clients often ask me who Generation Y are. I am not always sure how to interpret this question. Do they mean how old are they now, or what makes them tick? I shall attempt to answer both questions. Generation Y

Building successful teams is hard work

Everyone has their favourite Olympic event. For many it’s the 100m sprint as the fastest men on earth hurtle down that tiny corridor to victory and fame. But for me, amidst all of the individual events that characterise the Olympics,
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Living Up To Expectations: Understanding Generational Expectations in the Workplace

Not only are expectations subject to personal nuances, they can be further understood by looking at broad generational values that underpin behaviour. Generational Theory as originally promoted by Howe and Strauss, two Yale and Harvard trained political economists, suggests that
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Why we need more “data scientists”

Businesses already have a vast amount of information about their customers – some use it well, some less so. The vast growth in computer processing power has lead to the ability to crunch data on customers like never before. Big retailers
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How Important Are First Impressions?

We are all taught that first impressions are important; and that is because they are! When I train on this subject I talk about creating first and lasting impressions that differentiate you, because in a world where there is so
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A Woman’s World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.
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A Woman's World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.
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Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades. Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design. The result
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The Communication Revolution

In the 21st century I think we are all acutely aware of the significance of communication. It is all around us, in so many forms: face to face (both verbal and non-verbal or our body language), written, in various forms

How to attract Gen Y into engineering – a case study from MOL

I am sitting in a presentation by Gabor Varjasi, Head of Competency Development and Strategic HR at MOL Group. This is at Stamford Global‘s Talent for Tomorrow conference in Vienna. MOL have a similar problem to many companies around the
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What’s the cost of a Glass Slipper?

The subject of women at work is fascinating and can be explored endlessly, because it is so nuanced and complicated and of course can be overlayed with culture, socio-economics, geographic location, generation, religion, education levels; and different eras in history
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What's the cost of a Glass Slipper?

The subject of women at work is fascinating and can be explored endlessly, because it is so nuanced and complicated and of course can be overlayed with culture, socio-economics, geographic location, generation, religion, education levels; and different eras in history

How well do you really know your Gen Y employees?

As Gen Y employees continue to enter the workplace with their own approach and new expectations of what the world of work should be like, research continues to provide valuable insights for employers. Two recent reports were particularly interesting. In
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Generation Why And All Their Potential

Every generation thinks that the one that comes after them are somehow going to ruin the planet, the business or the ‘system’ by causing chaos, disrupting the way things ‘have always been done’ and generally making everybody ‘who knows what’s
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X’s, Y’s and a T-shape of Skills

I’ve read two great articles by The Fast Company in the last week.  The first, “Generation Flux” talks about so many things that fascinate and excite us at TomorrowToday – the pace of change in business (and everywhere else as

Graeme Codrington at IBM’s Social Business Debate

In December, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by Ogilvy and IBM in London’s Canary Wharf. The purpose of the panel discussion series is to promote the concept that IBM has termed, “Social Business”. This is not to be

100’s of innovative ways to reinvent management. Join the management hackathon now!

How do we reinvent management & capitalism? How do we make people’s jobs more inspiring and meaningful? How can companies deliver more value to society and their customers? These are just some of the questions that my colleagues and myself

The Future workplace: How technology, globalisation and the environment is affecting the way we work

Predicting the future is not an exact science. However, in these days of rapidly changing technology, it has become more imperative than ever for companies to look ahead and try and predict how technological advances, globalisation, environmental concerns and people’s

Living Up To Expectations: Understanding Generational Expectations in the Workplace

Not only are expectations subject to personal nuances, they can be further understood by looking at broad generational values that underpin behaviour. Generational Theory as originally promoted by Howe and Strauss, two Yale and Harvard trained political economists, suggests that
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Living Up To Expectations: Understanding Generational Expectations in the Workplace

Not only are expectations subject to personal nuances, they can be further understood by looking at broad generational values that underpin behaviour. Generational Theory as originally promoted by Howe and Strauss, two Yale and Harvard trained political economists, suggests that
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The ‘Young Snots’

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The 'Young Snots'

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,

Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted
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Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted
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What difference does one man (or woman) make?

Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Hitler, Stalin, Queen Elizabeth I, Alexander the Great, Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, Shaka Zulu, Napoleon III, Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussein,
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What horses can teach us about ourselves; and how we can apply this at work

I am a horsey person; and I come from a long line of horsey people. I ride as often as I can; and each time that I do I am inspired and amazed at the magnificence and humility of my

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail

Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are
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The best way I know of to connect in a connection economy.

I spent from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening every day last week wallowing and delighting in an incredibly inspiring workshop on coaching using the Enneagram. For those of you who are not yet familiar with the

Great questions about your self education and development

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure

Great questions about your self education and development

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure

Linkedin in South Africa has grown by 83%

Over the past few months I havebeen looking extensively at the topic of Social Reinvention. This is the process of reinventing our business to incorporate social media and social technology. I have come to believe that this is imperative for business
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Why Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an imperative for giving and receiving feedback in the New World Of Work.

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle Unfortunately none of us can afford to say nothing, do nothing; and be nothing, which is why we need to learn to manage our

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally

The new network of emerging markets

We all know that emerging markets are important for any company wanting to develop a global footprint and grow internationally. But what might be less apparent is that emerging markets are not just waiting around for the titans of the
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A Person Who Listens to Horses Can Talk to People

In an age where we have to be able to talk to people; and all sorts of people, my feeling is that we can learn a lot from horses. Most people find them intimidating, because of their physical strength, but
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Generation Y and the Performance Review

Meet Kyle Lagunas – He is the HR Analyst at Software Advice, and blogs about trends and technology in the exciting world of human resources. I’m introducing you to him because he wrote this post and sent it to me to
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Why People Over 45 Need Mentoring

In a world that has seriously changed and is continuing to change at an exponential rate, lots of ‘unthinkables’ become normal everyday. One of the biggest shifts in social behaviour over the last 30 to 50 years has been this

Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations

It seems that just about everyone is talking about generations and how to manage the mix of generations in the office these days. I was sent this interesting summary of generational values from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office

What type of society stops valuing teachers?

I come from a family of teachers. My sister, a few cousins and some uncles and aunts are all teachers. An uncle, an aunt, a cousin and my father have all been head teachers. An aunt founded a school. My

What type of society stops valuing teachers?

I come from a family of teachers. My sister, a few cousins and some uncles and aunts are all teachers. An uncle, an aunt, a cousin and my father have all been head teachers. An aunt founded a school. My

Going once, going twice… SOLD

It’s not often that one gets to auction off one’s colleague, but last week Barrie Bramley was put up for auction on  The Bid or Buy Celebrities for Charities Auction, which ran from the 18th – 28th July, coinciding nicely

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and
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Gladwell, Cobain, Winehouse, birth, death and 27

If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, then you’re probably familiar with one of the ideas he suggests around being born in a certain era, a certain generation, or even a certain month. When you’re born counts, says Gladwell. Some
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Gladwell, Cobain, Winehouse, birth, death and 27

If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, then you’re probably familiar with one of the ideas he suggests around being born in a certain era, a certain generation, or even a certain month. When you’re born counts, says Gladwell. Some
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Retaining Talent – a lesson for the Tech Industry [infographic]

Retaining talent has always been an interesting challenge in business. This infographic about the Technology Industry showed this very cleary, albeit not what the graphic was initialy created for. Take a careful look and see that most of the top
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Managing Millennials

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about

The New World of Work – Utopia for Women?

Our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought hard for us. The equalities gained by the feminist movement have resulted in a steady rise in the proportion of women working in the UK; 70% at the last count. However, all is not

The Talent Exodus still looms large

Last year, I wrote on our South African sister company’s blog about a looming talent exodus. Nothing has happened in the preceding twelve months to change my mind. The recession is going to last longer than I thought it would
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What’s the difference between ‘success’ and ‘not failing’?

Economic Powerhousing (the process a nation deliberately commits itself to in order to be a global economic force to be reckoned with) is stronger than it has ever been. There are a host of nation states that braces the economic
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What's the difference between 'success' and 'not failing'?

Economic Powerhousing (the process a nation deliberately commits itself to in order to be a global economic force to be reckoned with) is stronger than it has ever been. There are a host of nation states that braces the economic
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Talent Assessment – is this really the best we can do?

Every now and then, as we do, I ask Google to fetch me some interesting stuff to look at and ponder. Last week, the topic on my mind was, Talent Assessment? Was anyone doing anything interesting with it? The short
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Technology’s influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to
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Technology's influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to

Good leaders should only answer impossible questions

I had breakfast with a friend the other day, who also runs a fairly large company in South Africa. It’s my impression that there’s a conversation that happens behind the scenes in the world of leadership. A conversation that you’re

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially
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When all is said and done, who is Warren Buffett?

One lady or gentleman is about to walk the suspension bridge in the world of investing. In Omaha, Nebraska, the headquarters of one particular investment firm is buzzing. The alpha male, having valiantly grown his pride, is on the way

Social Business Shifts in Recruitment

  As the Internet makes a bigger impact on the recruitment industry we are starting to see recruitment agencies enter into a second state of disruption in South Africa. The first state of disruption that the recruitment industry experienced due
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Which countries the young and the educated want to go

Here’s a great InfoGraphic from Good, around some research done by Gallup that tracks the movement of young people with and without education.It raises some important questions for countries included in the study, and for those that aren’t. In a
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The Big Shift – in how companies deal with information

I was recently sent a review of the 2010 book, “The Power of Pull“, by John Hagel III (buy now at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I believe he collaborated with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. I have not yet

Parents know that the net generation is coming soon to an office near you

Earlier this year, one of my clients shared a personal story with me. It relates to both parents and employers of the future, and is a great story for this holiday weekend. Arthur Goldberg is one of the founders of
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Those Helicopter ‘Pilots’ At OR Tambo Are Masterful

Every time I come through OR Tambo, having checked in and whilst making my way to the security check-in, I stop and watch those guys selling toy helicopters. They’re masterful. The toy is simple. It goes up and it goes
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Those Helicopter 'Pilots' At OR Tambo Are Masterful

Every time I come through OR Tambo, having checked in and whilst making my way to the security check-in, I stop and watch those guys selling toy helicopters. They’re masterful. The toy is simple. It goes up and it goes

Seth Godin on what’s changing now – and the opportunity it presents

Seth Godin’s blog today provides a great insight into what it will take to be successful in the new world of work. It’s well worth reading. And then writing a note to yourself… where do you want to to be?

What's wrong (and right) with "best company to work for" lists

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and

What’s wrong (and right) with “best company to work for” lists

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and

What’s wrong (and right) with “best company to work for” lists

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and
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Identifying Talent In A Knowledge Economy?

Identifying Talent is a top priority in any organistion today. Daniel Pink, in his TED talk on The Surprising Science of Motivation, suggests the most valuable people in a knowledge economy organizations are the people thinking about solutions to to

Recruitment Trend Shifts in South Africa

The recruitment industry in South Africa looks like it is on the rise for the first time in two and a half years. Human Resources South Africa reported “employment grew by 5.6% during March.” As business slowly starts to find
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Personal Mail from CEO of LinkedIn to me

It was all over the new last week. LinkedIn hit 100 million users (the majority of whom sit outside of the US). As part of that milestone achievement, the CEO of LinkedIn (Reid Hoffman) sent a personal(ised) mail to the
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Gen Y’s response to the economic crisis

Millennial Marketing has an interesting post looking into research done on Gen Y in the US, and how they’re responding to the economic downturn. There are plenty of fresh observations being made around this younger set of people, growing up
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Gen Y's response to the economic crisis

Millennial Marketing has an interesting post looking into research done on Gen Y in the US, and how they’re responding to the economic downturn. There are plenty of fresh observations being made around this younger set of people, growing up
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What we can learn about Millennial Kids from Justin Bieber

This article is by one of our South African colleagues, Saffron Baggallay: If you are over 30 and battling to understand the mind set of your pre-teen child, or post-teen employees, then I strongly suggest you check yourself in to
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How to stop your staff leaving as the economy improves

Your best employees could very well have one eye on the door. Once the economic recovery begins in earnest they’ll have plenty of new opportunities to choose from – and businesses around the world will begin to experience an exodus

Heroic Leadership – A Summary

This post was first published on Pete Laburn’s blog in Feb 2011 After living for seven years as a Jesuit seminarian, practicing vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to the Jesuit general in Rome, Chris Lowney was transformed into a

Business must get serious about mentoring

According to the article “Winning the race for talent in emerging markets” – by Douglas A. Ready, Linda A. Hill, and Jay A. Conger (HBR), developing world countries have a large shortage of adequately experienced people from lower to middle management
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The importance of balance

I was sitting in a coffee shop staring out over the ocean in a windy Cape Town reflecting on a debate I had just with a client about the significance of blue chip companies having to accommodate change in order
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A Question of Trust?

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) I love Penelope Trunk’s blogs at the Brazen Careerist. They contain great thoughts and advice about

How important is it for businesses to retain customers?

This is a contribution from guest blogger John Berry: “Customer Experience” – everyone seems to speak about how important it is for businesses to retain customers. So why is it that so many front line employees seem to have “missed”
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What will today’s children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under
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What will today's children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under
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Business must get serious about Mentoring

According to the article “Winning the race for talent in emerging markets” – by Douglas A. Ready, Linda A. Hill, and Jay A. Conger (HBR), developing world countries have a large shortage of adequately experienced people from lower to middle

Graeme interviewed on The Customer Experience Show

Last week I was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio’s Customer Experience Show. The half hour show focused on understanding generations in the workplace, with an emphasis on customer experience. It was a wide ranging discussion, particularly looking at the impact
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It’s difficult to make money legitimately when you’re a pirate at heart

Time posted a fabulous article over the weekend, ‘The Men Who Stole the World‘. A long-ish read (4 pages) by internet reading standards, but well worth the energy and focus required to concentrated on one thing for the amount of
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It's difficult to make money legitimately when you're a pirate at heart

Time posted a fabulous article over the weekend, ‘The Men Who Stole the World‘. A long-ish read (4 pages) by internet reading standards, but well worth the energy and focus required to concentrated on one thing for the amount of

How to give your staff bad news

I am a big fan of FT journalist Lucy Kellaway. Her column in the Financial Times is a joy to read (I subscribe to the FT, and also download her column as a free podcast in iTunes). Her primary interest

What you might have missed over the holidays

While most people were away on holidays, the TomorrowToday team was busy blogging – throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays, we continued to scan the new world of work for news, reviews and signs of change. We can’t help
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For Gen Y, God and work (amongst others) are a choice

The subject of this post doesn’t seem, at first glance, to be a very paradigm shifting statement. In fact, it seems quite normal. Take a step back, go and find people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, and you’ll

The cost of women in the workplace

For the first time in social history women are more likely to be financially responsible for either themselves, their family or their extended family than ever before. Not just women, but mothers now make up two-thirds of primary or co-breadwinners

Deciding on how to decide who is talented

I met a while ago with a journalist doing a feature on talent management. Having spent over an hour talking about what my company, TomorrowToday does, I was unsatisfied with my answer to one of her questions. She asked, “How
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Equal opportunities please…not equal outcomes

“People are confusing equal opportunities with equal outcomes” Is this sense at last?? I was blown away at the weekend by this quote from Catherine Hakim, a sociologist at the London School of Economics. She has concluded, in a report

Can I bring the kids? And other questions top talent are asking

Back in June 2004, Inc magazine ran a short story on new employee benefits – focusing on child-care facilities. It grabbed my attention as it really made the case for non-cash incentives as a critical part of employee attraction, retention

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December last year, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work
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I’ve been talent managed!

I’ve just had to update my profile on the new TomorrowToday website as my role within the company is changing from a client manager / sales position to an operational one. As I was updating my profile I realized that
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When is a Team not a Team?

Somehow, after a few glasses of wine on Friday night, I found myself in a discussion about teams. My friend, a very accomplished and successful business owner, believes that there are no true teams in a business context – that

Relearn to Relate

This article was first published by Graeme Codrington in 2004, and has now been updated to reflect the post-recession realities of our new world of work. The world is changing. We all know that. But what is it changing to?
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

How the next few years will shape the future of the workplace in unprecedented and astounding ways. I was recently asked to contribute to a discussion about the most important forces that will shape the next decade of work. I

Delivering Happiness… a path to profits, passion and purpose

This post follows on from a previous post that I wrote about Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) new book called Delivering Happiness. The team at Zappos is great and I’ve had the privilege hosting a podcast with the CFO/COO of

The Business Book you should read, but probably wont

I’ve recently finished reading ‘Orbiting the Giant Hairball‘, by Gordon MacKenzie. I was given the book to read by Che Mckay, the Head of Grayston Prep’s Pre-Prep. She also teaches Thinking Skills at the school. I must be honest, I’ve

It’s time to get rid of appraisals

Forced rankings and other merit ratings that breed internal competition are bad management because they undermine motivation and breed contempt for management among people who, at least at first, were doing good work. These systems require leaders to label many

It's time to get rid of appraisals

Forced rankings and other merit ratings that breed internal competition are bad management because they undermine motivation and breed contempt for management among people who, at least at first, were doing good work. These systems require leaders to label many

Employee engagement – one great question

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to

Employee engagement – one great question

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to
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Build a talented business – the genius of Nelson Mandela

This a a white paper and introduction chapter of the book that I’m writing, I’d value your views and comments greatly. The Assassin The sun rose quietly over Dawn Park, a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It

Yes, it will cost more

I spend much of my time helping companies to create corporate cultures that will attract and retain talented young people. This involves looking at everything from terms and conditions of employment, remuneration policies and bonus schemes, to office layout, use

Boosting productivity in the new world of work

One of the defining features and challenges of the new world of work is the lack of engagement companies receive from their knowledge workers. This is a theme that we regularly speak and research about in order to identify ways

How industry destroyed labour (OR we need some passion back)

Last week, on the US Labor Day holiday, Seth Godin’s blog carried an interesting insight into how labour changed as the industrial revolution reached its zenith. You can read an extract below. If you follow the thought through, then it

Vital Leadership Skills for the 21st Century: A Global Mindset

The world is not really flat.  Not yet, anyway.  In his best-selling book about globalisation in the 21st century, Thomas Friedman suggested that it was.  He argued that massive advances in telecommunications and ten converging trends had “flattened” the world

What if Lance Armstrong wanted YOUR job?

This is a question (What if Lance Armstrong wanted YOUR job?) I ask the participants of the Talent Management day I do around 40 times each year (for the past 4 years) with one of our clients, for their senior

Are your talented staff selfish and greedy? Take this quiz to find out

FastCompany ran this superb quiz in their recent edition. My colleagues, Dean and Barrie, both stress how most companies have messed up “talent” by implementing policies and systems that have bred selfish, greedy and self-serving individuals. This quiz is a
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How much Klout do you have on Twitter?

I mainly use two online apps to run the Twitter accounts I run. And I use these two because they do very different things. There are some things I need to do from time to time where the one trumps

Talent teams vs Talented individuals

A new report is about to be released in Organization Science, entitled: “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth: How High Status Individuals Decrease Group Effectiveness” (Authors: Boris Groysberg, Jeffrey T. Polzer, and Hillary Anger Elfenbein). Their Abstract says: Can groups

Men your time is up!

I came across a very interesting and well written article in The Atlantic which examines the world in which women have now emerged as the majority workforce for the first time in US history. This is an incredible milestone and

Men your time is up!

I came across a very interesting and well written article in The Atlantic which examines the world in which women have now emerged as the majority workforce for the first time in US history. This is an incredible milestone and
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Are Most Big Corporates Really Psychopaths?

RANT ALERT. Most times I try to be a dispassionate researcher of the new world of work. But sometimes I just can’t take it anymore. Today is one of those days… Almost every day I pick up a story on
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The Talent Exodus looms large

We’ve been talking almost since the recession began about a talent exodus. Our view has been that as soon as the economy begins recovering and companies start hiring again, there is going to be a tidal wave of staff movement.
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African offices to find out

Can your company deal with your self-promotion

A while back I wrote an article about Tweeting yourself out of a job. The point I was making was simply that business is going to have to get it’s head around the growing trend of self-promotion amongst their employees. Social

Women and the New World of Work

As it’s my very first post (ever, anywhere!), I thought it would be apt to come at it from a woman’s angle.  I have read two articles recently, both in the Times (and thus you need to pay for them
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A note to Generation X: Learn How to Manage Up

The concept of “managing up” is well established in management and leadership theory. As someone who reports to a boss, you need to use many different techniques to get your boss’s attention, and influence your boss to act, think and

Career Development: Understanding that you are paid to KIS

“You’re getting paid for your knowledge, intelligence and skills” was the message I heard a Director share with young staff that were on a two-year entry-level management development programme. He was encouraging those present to accept responsibility for their own

In solving the ‘Talent’ crisis, it’s time for South and North to jointly solve the ‘gravitas’ problem

If you take a look at the state of business education in the world today, you’d have to conclude that we’ve never been in a better position to take our organisations forward to places we’ve only dreamed of. There’s never

In solving the 'Talent' crisis, it’s time for South and North to jointly solve the ‘gravitas’ problem

If you take a look at the state of business education in the world today, you’d have to conclude that we’ve never been in a better position to take our organisations forward to places we’ve only dreamed of. There’s never

An Assassin, A Fishing Hook, The Power of Tribes and Two World Cups

The Assassin The sun rose quietly over Dawn Park, a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was Easter weekend so most people were away on holiday. In many ways it was the perfect African morning. A refreshing

The Silver Tsunami – managing older workers

One of the most important upcoming workforce trends is going to be companies’ ability to attract, retain, engage and effectively manage older workers. Multiple demographic trends are all pointing in this direction, and companies from many different industries would do

Freelancers, eLancers and Cloud workers

We have long been predicting that a significant employment trend in the years ahead will be online freelancers. We have used analogies of the movie industry to prove that it can work. We’ve done book reviews of authors who lay

America reinvented – as a hub nation

The American response to the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a sad sign that the promise of the Obama presidency is unlikely to be fulfilled. Obama promised change – specifically he promised that he would change how

PODCAST – Graeme Codrington speaks to some trends around the New World of Work

Graeme Codrington’s website describes him as: an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces. He is a keynote presenter, author, futurist, facilitator and strategy consultant working across multiple industries and sectors. He blends cutting-edge research, thought leading

How various industries are using Twitter

Mashable, the social media guide website 10 Ways Universities Are Engaging Alumni Using Social Media Click the title above to access the full story and all the details. The author suggests the following ten uses of social media uses to

Some (more) gems from our archives – valuable reading!

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to

Some hidden gems from our archives – valuable reading!

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to

Best blog posts of the last month

It’s been a long time since I have done a “best of” list, and today I plan to do two. The first is the best blog entries of the last month. It’s a been a good month for this blog,
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Delivering Happiness… a path to profits, passion and purpose

I’m very excited! I’ve just received two advanced copies of Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) new book called Delivering Happiness. And best news of all I’m giving away a free copy to a member of our blog community. All you

Sir Ken Robinson – 30 minutes of inspiration about learning and the future of education

I am a huge fan of Sir Ken Robinson. He has spoken twice at the TED conferences – once in 2006, and again earlier this year. His two talks follow on from each other, as he talks so brilliantly about
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Great Conversation between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

I’m sure this has done it’s rounds, but I got it today and spent a fair amount of time recovering from an aching stomach. Very clever storyboard of images, wherever and whoever it originated from? Thanks to Conference Speakers International

Right Brain people will be a-head in the future

Ted.com is one of the best internet resources I’ve ever come across for short, powerful and interesting inputs on a broad cross-section of topics that loosely fall into the categories of Technology, Environment and Design (TED). Most inputs have a

PodCast Update – When Retirement Stops

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. Graeme Codrington explores what happens when old is no longer considered old and people change the retirement paradigm completely. There are implications across the board. If you’d like to listen to this

LinkedIn shakes it up

With 60 million profiles, LinkedIn is shaking things up. A lot. The recruitment industry is certainly feeling it, but LinkedIn is more than just about finding employment, as the article ‘How LinkedIn will fire up your career‘ from Fortune suggests: Facebook is

5 Practical steps to retain Talent

During 2009 I was asked by a client to come to a meeting where they were going to discuss how to build a better Employee Value Proposition (EVP), to stem the tide of an exiting younger workforce. Retention was their

PodCast Update – Trends shaping business in the next few years

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. It features a conversation between Dean van Leeuwen and Graeme Codrington about some trends facing business during the next few years. Amongst other things, they talk about talented companies as

CNN’s 6 job market trends for 2010

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be

CNN's 6 job market trends for 2010

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be

You're going to have to change your management style

I spend a large part of my year in conversation with managers working hard to try and understand today’s younger workforce. The pain they’re feeling is palpable. The evidence of change is overwhelming. Making the necessary changes, at times, seems

You’re going to have to change your management style

I spend a large part of my year in conversation with managers working hard to try and understand today’s younger workforce. The pain they’re feeling is palpable. The evidence of change is overwhelming. Making the necessary changes, at times, seems

Examples of Tremendous Business Leadership

I came across a fantastic post today that provides excellent leadership and company case studies. Here are some of the headline learning’s I’ve taken from this article: - reward your staff during tough times: During 9/11 SouthWest announced a $179.8

Managing Today’s Younger People

Management in today’s organisational environment is no easy endeavor. The number of new elements that need to be negotiated and integrated in order to develop an effective management style are numerous as they are unchartered. The environment in which we

School sport as an indicator of Talent

Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers has been one of my break-through books of 2009 in the area of ‘Talent’. If it does anything to the reader, it will surely have them asking deeper questions around what talent is and how we

What if a Board Meeting was like the State Of The Union?

Thinking About Thinking suggests that if board meetings looked like a state of the union, the agenda would play itself out like this: “The CEO would make his way to the board room through a processional in the company’s hallways, flanked

How to keep your staff as the recovery begins

The UK is officially out of recession, as are most countries around the world. You couldn’t call it “bouyant” yet, but the recovery has started. Over the next few months and years, it will gain momentum. One of the unintended

Are you working for a TALENTED COMPANY, or do you know of examples?

I’m on a quest to find companies that are extraordinary, companies that not only achieve good financial results but also contribute positively to society as a whole. I’m intrigued at how many companies have fallen down in the past few

Talent is a Four Letter Word

The title of this post comes from a reply to a tweet I once posted: Does anyone have a better word for ‘talent’? Does business really think it’s a big issue? Is there some other ‘thing’ we should be noticing?

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December 09, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work –

Tesco, a talented company

I’m always on the lookout for talented companies and I think I found one on my doorstep. The company’s name is Tesco and earlier this week I gave our Mind the Gap presentation at their marketing team away day. I’m

The Talent Reboot

THE WORD “TALENT” HAS GIVEN BUSINESS A BAD NAME! The 15th September 2008 is a day that shall remain etched in the annals of corporate history. It’s the day that Lehman Brothers went bankrupt lurching the world economy into the
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TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

Updated in May 2010 Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African

25 "talented" people behind the meltdown

I’m currently researching and writing an article called “Talent has given business a bad name” and came across a really good article in The Guardian In this article Guardian City editor Julia Finch picks out the individuals who led us

25 “talented” people behind the meltdown

I’m currently researching and writing an article called “Talent has given business a bad name” and came across a really good article in The Guardian In this article Guardian City editor Julia Finch picks out the individuals who led us

To degree or not to degree, that is the question!

We’ve been noticing a distinct shift in the perceived value that a university degree brings. It’s largely accepted that a degree from an university, especially an ivy league one such as MIT, Harvard or INSEAD can improve expected earnings significantly.

The future for banks and a better way to pay bankers

POSTED 10 November 2009; UPDATED 11 November 2009 One story is going to run for the next 3-5 years at least: how to fix the banking system. The big media headline grabbing story is how to regulate bankers’ pay. It

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System

Millennial Muddle

Kids these days. Just look at them. They’ve got those headphones in their ears and a gadget in every hand. They speak in tongues and text in code. They wear flip-flops everywhere. Does anyone really understand them? Only some people

Halliburton, rape and mad Republicans

I cannot tell you how much I wish I was wrong. A large part of my job is to try and track trends – especially those issues that will shape the new world of work. Every now and again our

Don’t miss the 7th annual Loyalty World conference

We’re very excited to announce that TomorrowToday has teamed up with the talented team at Terrapin and Dean van Leeuwen (Co-Founder of TomorrowToday UK) has been asked to present at the prestigious 7th Annual Loyalty World Conference in London on

Don't miss the 7th annual Loyalty World conference

We’re very excited to announce that TomorrowToday has teamed up with the talented team at Terrapin and Dean van Leeuwen (Co-Founder of TomorrowToday UK) has been asked to present at the prestigious 7th Annual Loyalty World Conference in London on

His finest hour

One year ago, Gordon Brown was being hailed by many as the saviour of the world’s banking system. On October 14 2008 Hank Paulson, the US Treasury secretary of the time, announced a rescue plan for America’s stricken banks. Germany,

Marcus Buckingham takes aim at women

The guy is no fool. Marcus Buckingham, author and strengths uber-guru, knows what he is doing. He first shot to prominence with a series of books about personal strengths. I think that his book, “Now, Discover Your Strengths” (also sold

VWV Red Plug on Generation 2.0

VWV is an interesting company, that I still don’t know enough about. Take a visit to their web site to see some of the ‘interesting’ I encounter when I meet with their people (wherever they may be). Tomorrow I’m spending

A Talent Exodus ahead? Surviving the upturn

I am becoming increasingly concerned for my top corporate clients. As we rumble past the bottom of the business cycle and begin the long upwards climb towards recovery, many companies are starting to congratulate themselves. “Well done, we survived a

Proof we had a Billboard

At the beginning of September I wrote of the billboard we got through a barter with INM Outdoor. Edward’s comment made me smile as he asked what we were doing with ‘old technology’ being a company that explores an emerging world

The Proof is in the People

We in TomorrowToday have been saying for a long time that the biggest global strategic challenge is what has been called the, ‘war for talent’ – or what is essentially the attraction and retention of talent. There has been some

TomorrowToday is getting a Billboard

TomorrowToday South Africa is getting a Billboard for 2 weeks in September. We did an exchange with INM Outdoor earlier this year. We did some work for them, and they’re doing some work for us. So a swap of sorts.

Motivation: Harvard's 'powerful new model'

Harvard Business Review’s ‘summer reading’ (their big summer edition) has a big piece on motivation. This is obviously because motivation can take a big dip during an economic downturn, when the pressure is on and the incentives are low. They
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Challenges – and solutions – to Work-Life Balance

A recent report from the Corporate Executive Board was summarised by Brian Kropp on the Talent Management blog. Read it online at their site, or an extract below: Challenges to Work-Life Balance by Brian Kropp The uncertain economic environment has

How to motivate talented people in tough times – a story from Time Warner

Harvard Business Press is releasing a well timed book called Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down by Sylvia A. Hewlett in October 2009. I’ve been able to gain access to an excerpt from the book which provides

88 years old and mayer for 30+ years

Today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. An international icon. But this is not about Madiba. He’s never been mayor. He has been President of South Africa, and leader of the African National Congress (ANC), but never Mayor. This is a video
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The war for talent is still on – and it's going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a
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The war for talent is still on – and it’s going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a
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Why my generation mourns Michael Jackson

As in life, so in death. I am watching the live broadcast of Michael Jackson’s gaudy memorial service at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, complete with golden coffin. Forgotten – for a moment at least – are the excesses

The cost of (dis)engagement

Research Works recently released a series of reports from the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation. Download them here. Research Works found that about a quarter of all employees are “actively disengaged,” meaning they

Getting Gen Y into your businesses NOW

Michael Rendell, partner and global head of human resource services at PricewaterhouseCoopers recently said the following: “With the global economic downturn presenting organisations with serious immediate challenges, businesses need to work even harder to balance short-term pressures with long-term objectives.

Sustainability – how to engage employees

by Ben Kellard, 27th May 2009 Reposted extract from: Forum for the Future How can you embed sustainability in a way that motivates employees? It’s a challenge for many leaders faced with the question of how to maintain the momentum

HR 2018: Future View

What will human resources look like a decade from now? This is the question asked of HR Execs by Workforce Management magazine. You can read their full report here. The headlines are fairly unsurprising. I really hope that HR is

Is it wiser to hire people without meeting them?

I’ve just come across a great article from Fast Company. It’s around hiring new people. And we all know that once the economy turns, and business increases, we’re going to need new people. This particular article focuses on how we

Millenials reversing the trend

It’s always difficult convincing an adult audience, that from a Generational perspective, the so-called ‘Millennials’ (Gen Y, Echo Boomers) are going to be more civic minded, more conservative (whilst being more aware), and focus on rebuilding the planet (amongst other

Shouldn’t we all just pick another word?

I’m referring to the word ‘talent’ when I ask this question. Mostly because I’m still troubled by the complexity and lack of form the current exploration around ‘talent’ has. We still don’t know how to define it? We still don’t

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially
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Susan’s Got Talent – Find your song too

I have watched the Susan Boyle on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ video clip about 10 times today.  It is very inspiring but it also makes me feel a little sad.  She is 47 years old and does not appear to have
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Talent – Manage it by measuring it

My husband is gets really annoyed that I don’t put clothes back in my cupboard after I have worn them.  I tend to pile them up on the table in our bedroom until I create a high pyramid of creased
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If you have talent you stand alone – If you have 'talent plus' you stand out

I recently read a book titled ‘Talent is Never Enough’, written by John C. Maxwell (buy it online at Kalahari.net or Amazon.co.uk). In this book the author emphasises the truth that talent is often overrated and frequently misunderstood. A common
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If you have talent you stand alone – If you have ‘talent plus’ you stand out

I recently read a book titled ‘Talent is Never Enough’, written by John C. Maxwell (buy it online at Kalahari.net or Amazon.co.uk). In this book the author emphasises the truth that talent is often overrated and frequently misunderstood. A common

Where Leaders of Talent Get Their Edge

A business colleague, Julien Salvi, owns an excellent company, Teneo, that runs European talent management and employee engagement conferences. You can see details at their website – especially see their upcoming conference on employee engagement. He sent me the following
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How finding your passion changes everything

Sir Ken Robinson is an expert on creativity and innovation.  I highly recommend that you watch his excellent talk on ForaTv, especially if you don’t have time to read his book called The Element: How finding your passion changes everything. 

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and
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You can’t sit this one out

Originally posted at TomorrowToday UK’s article library, and distributed in their March ezine As the recession deepens, with customers dwindling and staff morale dropping, strong leadership is required. Too many companies, and the individuals in them, are falling into a
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You can't sit this one out

Originally posted at TomorrowToday UK’s article library, and distributed in their March ezine As the recession deepens, with customers dwindling and staff morale dropping, strong leadership is required. Too many companies, and the individuals in them, are falling into a

A New Contract is being Born

The 1990’s were characterised by much change. Political, Social, Environmental and Business. On a business front the most significant was possibly the destruction of the employee/employer contract. An understanding that had served both parties well for many years, was destroyed.
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The hiring dilemma – Entrance vs excellence criteria

Two things happened this week that prompted me to write this particular blog:  I watched a YouTube clip of author Malcolm Gladwell where he made an interesting point about the selection process at elite universities. An acquaintance of mine described

Lessons from the best companies to work for in the UK 2009

Published yesterday in the UK Sunday Times, this article highlights a theme that runs through much of the work in HR these days. This article is linked to the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For survey. I am not

Talent: consider cost AND benefit

I read two articles this morning that confirmed a few thoughts in my mind: In a downturn, talent management is MORE important, not less important. The difference between companies that will succeed and those that will fail in these tough

Engaged employees are worth the effort

I recently was sent this summary of some research into employee engagement. It’s worth the quick read. When employees are highly engaged, their companies enjoy 26% higher employee productivity, have lower turnover risk, and are more likely to attract top

Motivating your senior staff (remember, they're Boomers)

A lot is written about how to attract and retain talented young staff. And, right now, in the midst of a global recession, even more is being written about how to get them engaged and passionate about what they are

Flexibility can offer alternatives to downsizing

Cali Yost, author of Work+Life, and Fast Company blogger, contends that “using strategic work+life flexibility can help organizations avoid at least some layoffs. Reduced schedules, sabbaticals, telecommuting and flexible scheduling are not just isolated, downsizing tactics. They are part of
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Meaty people – Graded, boxed and ranked

I have just been forwarded an email from a friend who works at a reputable, global company.  This company is widely quoted as saying that talent management is a priority and people are their greatest asset.    The email was sent

Being a “Best Company to Work For” helps during a recession

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current

Being a "Best Company to Work For" helps during a recession

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current
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TomorrowToday and the Periodic Table of Talent

Deloitte has developed a Periodic Table of Talent that covers most of the elements in the talent management area.  It is divided into four parts – strategy, solutions, infrastructure and catalysts. There are two types of talent elements – core
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Recruiting good people is like catching butterflies

Last week, TomorrowToday did a presentation at Investec in London.  In the 2 hours I was there, I could clearly see that they take their people seriously.  As an Investec customer, I was impressed and if they look after their
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CVs – Get professional help

In the current economic climate, there are more talented people competing for fewer jobs.  The job market is competitive.  Supply exceeds demand and employers have the luxury of being more selective than they were in the past.  Recruiters for finance
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Employee Engagement a key to success in a recession

I am not a big fan of “the best company” type surveys. They can be so easily manipulated and quickly become an end rather than a snapshot they’re supposed to be. Nevertheless, they’re out there, and they can give some

STUCK WITH TALENT THAT JUST WON’T GROW UP?

- Then Ditch Boomer Thinking in Favour of X-er Integration - Diversity, innovation, six sigma, decentralisation, Jack Welch’s 70/20/10, Kai-Zen, Feng Shui. All of these (and others) are strategic focus areas that most companies have invested large amounts of resource
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Generation Y studied by Economist Business Intelligence Unit

One of the most common criticisms of generational theory is that it is nothing much more than pop psychology. While it is true that many people use generational theory in its crudest forms, applying it when all they know about

In Turbulent Times, People Matter

Now more than ever you need well trained, passionate staff, focused on delivering consistent, high quality service and products. Yet, just when you need them to be most passionate and focused, many companies are finding that their people are demotivated

People Matter

Organisations get results when individuals, equipped with the right skills, are energized to do the right things at the right time.  Keith Malo (Researcher at AchieveGlobal) In the 21st century, people matter.  In an economic downturn, people matter more than
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Personality tests are missing something …

Don’t underestimate the power that the environment at your office has on the way people behave. A group of social scientists, led by Philip Zimbardo, did an experiment in the early 1970’s.  They created a mock prison in the basement
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On-the-Job Woes

One of my favourite PodCasts is Business Week – Cover Stories. Editor John Byrne interviews the author of that week’s cover story. On 14 August 2008 the cover story was to do with research Business Week had completed on the
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Lucy Kellaway

If you’ve picked up a Financial Times, from time to time, you may have been introduced to Lucy Kellaway. I discovered her while wondering around iTunes looking for interesting PodCasts. And interesting is just one tiny word to describe my
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Surveys and rankings – Are they a true reflection of a company’s talent management ability?

Ernst & Young is ranked first in Business Week’s ‘Best Places to Launch a Career’ survey.  The Big Four accounting firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte – all make the top five in the list. In its
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What impact is the economic downturn having on talent?

The past two weeks have been crazy. On its front page, The Guardian newspaper declared: “This was the week the world changed.” That is a huge statement to make and they are probably right. But what can you do about

Business coaching at the BBC – A good talent management technique

I was recently chatting to a lady who heads up the in-house business coaching practice at the BBC.  Coaching practice at the BBC?  The BBC has 80 in-house ‘executive’ coaches throughout the world, although most of them are based in

The Accounting Profession: Power, Pressure, Perfection and People

Return to TomorrowToday UK website | Download pdf version | Email this website link to a friend The Accounting Profession: Power, Pressure, Perfection and People Since 2002, the accounting profession has been rocked by sensational corporate scandals and subsequent strict

See you on the flip side

“It is my contention that in the over 40 years that I have been associated with the JSE, South Africans have always over-reacted emotionally towards the exchange. When there is a bull market people believe it is never going to

How to get young talent to notice your company

There is a lot of talk about targeting the next generation of new talented, graduates called Gen Y or Millennials. And for good reason, they are supremely confident, well educated, know exactly what they want and how to get it.

Talent – I dislike that word!

Barrie Bramley looks at the preoccupation many companies have with ‘talent’and the confusion it’s causing; as those who are grappling with it struggle to work out what to do with it? Barrie looks at the problem of scarce skills in

Generation comparisons

I am a huge fan of Eric Chester, an American author, speaker and consultant who focuses on understanding what he calls “Generation Why” (what a cool title!! I wish I had thought of that first). You can see his excellent

Just because they are black does not mean they are right

Jim Collins, in “Good to Great” suggests that it is imperative for one to select the right people or “get the right people on the bus” as a means of developing a great company. In a South African economy where

Talent management as a competitive differentiator

The Adecco Institute does ongoing studies into the Future of Work. Last week, they released the following study (see the Executive summary below). Study: Talent Management to become key differentiator for companies competing in global marketplace Globalization boosts demand for

The Great HR Paradox: A Thought Bullet for CEO’s everywhere

"Never before has 'HR' (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more critical." In this article, Keith Coats offers a viewpoint on how companies can make the

The Great HR Paradox: A Thought Bullet for CEO's everywhere

"Never before has 'HR' (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more critical." In this article, Keith Coats offers a viewpoint on how companies can make the
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The Multitasking Generation

Every now and again, TIME magazine has a seriously excellent, long and in depth, feature article that grabs my attention. I am not a subscriber, but always check TIME editions out on the newstand. These features are well researched and
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Training the Millennial Generation

A new generation of students – those born Internet-ready – is working it’s way throught the school system, and is about to hit the workplace, with all of its training rooms and courses. This “Millennial generation” (sometimes called “generation Y”)
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Lessons in attitude for the talented (or Ricky Ponting gets his just desserts)

Regular readers of this blog will know that many of the contributors are passionate cricket fans. (For our American readers, that’s the mysterious game that, in its purest form lasts five days and can end in an exciting draw!) Our

The Most Expensive Oil

Today the world wakes up to the most expensive oil ever. Those who believe in market dynamics of supply and demand will have an interesting time explaining this. The problem with oil is not that there isn’t enough oil around,
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Getting a generation out of debt

The Fast Company magazine of Dec 2007 ran a story that combines some of my favourite topics: young generations, technology and personal finance. It was called “Easy Money”. Read the full story here. Here is a summary: Americans under 35

Is Google getting it right?

Here’s an article I’ve just finished reading, written by Nicolas van der Meer a 2nd year TOPP Trainee at Standard Bank) He takes a look at today’s companies and their people practice, their people opportunity and uses Google as a
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Click here to get someone else to do this work

Pfizer has recently launched a wonderful new initiative for their most talented staff: the outsourcing of the drudge work associated with most jobs. It’s quite a simple concept, really – top end, talented staff spend a fair proportion of their
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Managing Millennials

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about

More lessons from SAS Institute

Over the years I have been doing presentations about attracting and retaining talent, I have watched global lists of “Best Companies to Work For”. Very consistently, SAS Institute, a privately owned software company based in the USA, has been rated

Talent management – no one is doing it well

The Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum’s 2007 Performance and Talent Management Trend Survey was recently released. It polled more than 725 (primarily North American) HR and performance professionals, executives and talent management experts. The basic summary: everyone, everywhere is doing
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Generation Y – the Millennials are coming

A survey of more than 2,500 employers and managers by recruitment website CareerBuilder.com has identified huge generational differences between Generation Y and their managers. This isn’t anything new to readers of this blog site, but ongoing research is now validating

Who’s Looking After Them?

Karin Wellman, co-founder and director of TomorrowTraining, asks, “Who is training your trainers?” Trainers and those in charge of the development of other staff members are often neglected as recipients of training and development themselves. Karin highlights this as a

Who's Looking After Them?

Karin Wellman, co-founder and director of TomorrowTraining, asks, “Who is training your trainers?” Trainers and those in charge of the development of other staff members are often neglected as recipients of training and development themselves. Karin highlights this as a

Do You Know Talent?

What is talent, and do you really want it? If so, how much talent do you want, where will you find it and what are you going to do with the talented people you manage to attract to your company?

The best companies to work for…if you are a parent

Not many people think about maternity benefits when applying for a job, and yet organisations differ hugely in what they provide for parents. Some offer the bare legal minimum, others offer a year’s maternity leave on full pay. In an
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Sprint-Nextel fires 1,000 clients

I heard on the news today that Sprint-Nextel, America’s third largest mobile phone service provider this week terminated the accounts of its 1,000 most annoying customers. It said in the notification to these clients that they were being terminated because

Buppies – coming to terms with young black staff

Buppies – Black yuppies. Black young upwardly mobile professionals. Research shows that this is one of the fastest growing demographic groups in South Africa, but many companies and leaders have no idea how to manage them. Aloysias Maimane, a new

Getting and Keeping Talent

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality.� Funky Business, Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle The Funky Business guys

Dealing with Top Talent – sometimes you need to use a heavy hand!

A few months ago, Keith Coats wrote about his disappointment at Ryk Neethling, the South Africa swimming superstar, and his lack of respect for the etiquette and rules of competition when competing in an event in Durban (read his post

Yes, it will cost more

I spend much of my time helping companies to create corporate cultures that will attract and retain talented young people. This involves looking at everything from terms and conditions of employment, remuneration policies and bonus schemes, to office layout, use

Leading the Whatever Generation – the “Bright Young Things”

Leadership in today’s world is not easy. I suspect it has never ‘been easy’ but with the contemporary levels of complexity, connectedness and ubiquitous change these are indeed unique times in which to live and lead. The twin challenges that

Leading the Whatever Generation – the "Bright Young Things"

Leadership in today’s world is not easy. I suspect it has never ‘been easy’ but with the contemporary levels of complexity, connectedness and ubiquitous change these are indeed unique times in which to live and lead. The twin challenges that

They drive me crazy!

Boomers (in their 40s and 50s) and Xers (in their 20s and 30s) have very different communication styles and needs. In the workplace, they can drive each other crazy. Barrie Bramley provides some excellent insights into why this communication gap

Whining, Moaning, and Achieving: Dealing with frustrated talent in the workplace

In sessions that we conduct on Talent management with both those who lead talent and those who are considered talent everything goes brilliantly until the end of the day when we ask: “So, what are you going to do now?”

IBM to spend $50 million on staff financial education

The China Post is reporting this morning that IBM has announced a $50 million staff development initiative specifically aimed at improving their staff member’s financial education. Employees, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, will be offered a series

The changing of the guards

If you’ll excuse a parochial sporting entry, I have to ask what has happened to the gods of sport this weekend. Were they sleeping? New Zealand beat Australia at cricket – twice!! And one of those was by 10 wickets

How not to apply for a job

This is too good to be true… It was reported in London newspapers last week, and is just unbelievable. It’s an anti-talent story. The story of a young web designer looking for a job in Dubai. He applies by email,

Top 10 Hottest Jobs in 2007

Fast Company’s annual list of the hottest jobs, taken from a survey of trend spotters and futurists, is as follows: Experience Designer Medical Researcher Web Designer Security Systems Engineer Urban Planners Viral Marketers and Media Promoters Talent Agents Buyers and

Podcast: The Five Most Important People Trends, live on radio

Listen to Dr Graeme Codrington’s 25 minute interview on Sunday, 10 December 2006, on SAFm’s Media programme – right click here to download it (MP3 file, 4Mb). This is a podcast of the article posted on this blog a few
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The Five Most Important People Trends of the Next Five Years

It is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between competitors in almost every industry in the world. New innovations are quickly copied and improvements in quality, service and price are easily matched. In this globalised world, you can no longer differentiate
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Free Agency comes of age

Free agency is now 21 years old! This might not sound important, but spotting trends and learning from history is absolutely critical for future success. In 1975, Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally won a court case against the reserve clause

Winning the Talent Wars (part 2)

Dr Graeme Codrington continues from last month’s e-zine article looking at creating an attractive culture for talented young people. In this second of two articles on the subject, he focuses the spotlight on four key areas companies have to manage

Defining Talent – objective assessment in the War for Talent

Raymond de Villiers, director of Talent at TomorrowToday.biz, asks corporate leaders to define talent. Its not good enough to answer: “I’ll know it when I see it”. Raymond then provides a framework for understanding who is talented, how to identify

Is Talent Holding the Workforce Hostage?

Aloysias Maimane, TomorrowToday’s resident expert on young talent, especially young black South African talent, questions whether companies truly understand what these young people see as perks and what they just expect to receive by default. Knowing the difference is a

Talent Management and Retention

I received the following by email a while ago. Don;t know the source, so I can’t cite it properly. This is well worth a read. Published: 2006-03-22 The South African Graduate Recruitment Association (SAGRA) recently commissioned an exploratory study into
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Recommended reading on Talent

The Economist recently had a Survey of Global Talent. It was superb. At the end of the survey, they gave a list of sources and recommended reading. Here it is for your reference purposes (PS – purchase the Economist survey

The Economist on Talent

I have said many times that I am a great fan of The Economist magazine. I recommend it to all serious business leaders. This week’s edition contains a 15 page supplement on the shortage of talent around the world. The

The War for Black Talent

One of TomorrowToday’s bright young stars, Aloysias Maimane helps us to understand some of the unique drivers and motivators of young, black talent. His insights will assist those who are battling to attract and retain these “black diamonds”.

Winning the talent war

We live in a world where companies are working exceptionally hard to attract, retain, engage and motivate their bright young employees. A new generation of young people has started entering the workplace in the last decade, bringing with them new
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New study shows how marketers can better connect with SA’s black middle class

Issued by: UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing Fascinating new research shows that an alarming percentage of Black Diamonds – South Africa’s fast-growing and affluent black middle class – feel that marketing communication often misses the mark when it comes
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New study shows how marketers can better connect with SA's black middle class

Issued by: UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing Fascinating new research shows that an alarming percentage of Black Diamonds – South Africa’s fast-growing and affluent black middle class – feel that marketing communication often misses the mark when it comes

The Coming Car Crisis

There are more and more cars on the road, and the complexity of these cars is ever increasing. Who is going to service them? Who is going to fix them when they break? Already, you have to book a few

Are you sure you want your Talent to stay?

Aiden Choles looks at the business critical issue of retaining talent, highlighting some of the mistakes that companies make when trying to manage their talent. He argues that a certain amount of churn is inevitable, and possibly even healthy if

From Marathons to Short Sprints

Aloysias Maimane wonders how we can shift today’s talented young employees from a Sprint mentality to a Marathon mentality. How can we get them to stay for the long haul, and stick it out? He suggest three simple solutions that

Youth – The Same Yesterday Today and Tomorrow?

Dr Graeme Codrington suggest that traditional segmentation models aimed at understanding the youth market fall short because they fail to see the impact of generational value shifts. In fact, he goes further to suggest that by combining lifestage theory, socio-economic

Managing Generation Y

In an article, “Be prepared: Generation Y workers are a different breed” (available here), Jerry Osteryoung explains: Eventually, you will have to manage Generation Y staff. These are people who were born after 1978, who will in time become the

Just because they are black does not mean they are right

Jim Collins – Good to great suggests that it is imperative for one to select the right people or get the right people on the bus as means of a developing a great company. In a South African economy where

Motorola – creating flexibility

Motorola, (in South Africa at least) has reportedly been experimenting with a shift to more work-life balance in their working hours and office inhabitation requirements. Apparently, non-traditional working hours are the norm, driven by a vision of seamless mobility where

Gamer stats – They're not what you'd expect

A recent survey published by the Entertainment Software Association entitled “Essential Facts” deals with sales, demographic, and usage data within the gaming industry. The full report can be downloaded from 2005 Essential facts. Some of the numbers the report returned

Gamer stats – They’re not what you’d expect

A recent survey published by the Entertainment Software Association entitled “Essential Facts” deals with sales, demographic, and usage data within the gaming industry. The full report can be downloaded from 2005 Essential facts. Some of the numbers the report returned

Talent attraction & retention metaphor

We know the lesson: if you ask your Talent to stay, they won’t. So, the alternative is to create an invitation that “pulls” them towards your organisation in a manner akin to swarming. The metaphor, care of Cognitive Edge, of

Best Business (Graeme Codrington on Carte Blanche)

Last night, Dr Graeme Codrington was on Carte Blanche (a South African investigative TV show), talking about Great Companies to Work For. A lot of the information came from TomorrowToday’s presentations on Talent, especially “Bright Young Things“. It was also
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A Reflection on the Tour de France

One of the more difficult Connection Economy concepts for people to get their heads around is the concept that Edward de Bono dubbed, “co-opetition”. This is defined as the ability of competitors to co-operate. Watching the longest Tour de France

Knowledge Workers as associates not subordinates

This is fairly basic stuff, but may be helpful as we think through how to attract and retain talented young people into our businesses. For a detailed definition, look at Wikipedia. The term “knowledge worker” was coined by Peter Drucker

The Importance of Corporate Governance

A quote from “Governance in the Digital Age“, by John M. Eger: This trend away from corporate community engagement must be reversed as we increasingly must compete for the high-tech knowledge worker. Corporate America needs to lead the way to
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Learn to manage talent first

This good article on talent from an Indian perspective, by R Gopalakrishnan & Satish Pradhan, in the Financial Express on 3 December 2005. Read it here, or below. The problem with respect to the loss of talent is of two
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John Cusack turns 40

John Cusack is one of my favourite movie stars, and he turned 40 on 28 June. OK, so’s he’s not quite A-list, and I don’t think he’s ever got a big payday role ($ 10 million or more). But he’s
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Skills shortage may slow Africa oil growth

A Reuters report indicates something that most Africans already know: “Africa, an increasing supplier of global energy, may be unable to expand its output as fast as expected in coming years due to a shortage of industry skills. Inadequate schools

Turning Employees into Millionaires

SAP, the conservative German software company announced a month or so ago that it will pay out $ 381 million in 2010, to a few hundred managers, if the company is able to increase its market cap by 100% from

Business Continuity in Age of Constant Change

Conversations about knowledge continuity often relate to succession planning and the retirement of key older leaders. While these considerations are obviously important, they can mask the fact that, these days, business critical expertise and knowledge often reside lower down in

Alumni Talent: How losing the retention battles can help win the talent war

At the moment, one of the pains in the Human Capital side of business is the ‘War for Talent’. With the global village increasing the mobility of our top employees, and the increasing skills shortage in certain key areas Organisational

The Gamers are Coming…and they’re changing the world!!!

In the opening lines of the original Star Trek series captain James T. Kirk introduces the episode with the phrase “Space: the final frontier”?. Today there is a new frontier being crossed by society. A frontier no less foreign, intimidating,

The Gamers are Coming…and they're changing the world!!!

In the opening lines of the original Star Trek series captain James T. Kirk introduces the episode with the phrase “Space: the final frontier”?. Today there is a new frontier being crossed by society. A frontier no less foreign, intimidating,
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MySQL – The Model 21st Century Company?

I picked up on a great Fortune article on the CNNMoney.com site about MySQL, the open-source software designers, over the weekend. It unpacks the dynamics of this completely decentralised organisation, and just what makes it tick as well as it
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Money for Nothing…

…and your clicks for free. Alex Tew is 21 years old, a student from Wiltshire, England. On August 25th of 2005 he launched the Million Dollar Homepage, an ambitious attempt to raise money (according to Alex) for his varsity education.

Challenges facing a young work force

Earlier this week, the North East Texas Workforce Board’s 2006 Revolution Forum discussed issues related to Gen X and Y in the workplace. In that part of the world, young people under the age of 40 account for more than
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What's an Xer to do

I spent the day with a group of Xers on Tuesday. And a smart bunch at that. Toward the end of the session there was some free-wheeling that happened and some good conversation started up. I was contacted by one

Predictable Surprise: China has a labour shortage!

For a number of years, the futurists in TomorrowToday.biz have been saying that although there is some short term pain around offshoring to India and China, that the overall trend was not sustainable. Simple supply and demand logic indicated that

Property Purchasing by SMS

I spoke to a group of Estate Agents last week. At the lunch break a person came over to me, to tell me of an experience she had handled differently because of her understanding of how different age groups, generally

Keeping Talented Workers: Survey

“Survey: Workers Happy With Pay, Want More Flex Time” (Workers Also Want Parental Leaves, Personal Days). WBALChannel News, Baltimore, USA. (Read it here). A new survey found that nearly 75 percent of all workers are very or somewhat satisfied with

Rethinking the Value of Talent

“Classifying employees by their role in the success of your business rather than by their function can improve the effectiveness of recruiting, staff development, and deployment.” So write Jeffrey Joerres and Dominique Turcq in Strategy+Business, 27 Apr 06 edition. If
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Talent management is now a job for the CEO

The Economist Intelligence Unit (the research arm of the Economist.com) has a short report on how important talented people have become to business. Talent management now features prominently on the CEO’s agenda, according to a white paper by the Economist

Learn to speak Teen

I really enjoyed reading an article recently forwarded to me by Aiden called ‘Entertain. Inspire. Empower. How to speak a teen’s language, even if you’re not one.’ He found it at ChangeThis.com – a fascinating site that “is creating a

Connecting generations

I am not sure where this is originally from.  It was sent to me in one of those email type chains.  I have Claire’s books, and rate them highly, and appreciated this summary of what she has written on the

The Family Contract at McDonalds

McDonald’s UK has started an innovative staffing option in some of its franchises. They call it the Family Contract (read the press release here). Simply put, they allow family members to be interchangeable as staff, without prior approval or discussions

Australia’s Ageing Workforce

“The ageing of Australia’s population is a well known phenomenon. It has been particularly apparent since the 1960s and is attributed to falling mortality and fertility rates combined with the effect of a baby boom generation as it moves into

Australia's Ageing Workforce

“The ageing of Australia’s population is a well known phenomenon. It has been particularly apparent since the 1960s and is attributed to falling mortality and fertility rates combined with the effect of a baby boom generation as it moves into
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Peer Pressure

When we think of peer pressure, we often think of teenagers. This is the lifestage when peer pressure is apparently most obvious. But anyone who has kids at school will know that Parent Peer Pressure is just as pervasive and
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6 Jobs that wont exist in 10 years time

One of the scarier predictions for someone in a life-long career could easily be Tom Peters suggesting that 90% of white collar jobs wont exist in 2010. Here are Six jobs that Wont exist in 2016: 1) Gatekeepers 2) Bloggers

4 Predictions abut the future of work

FastCompany has an article in their March issue, ‘Fealress Predicitons (and what to do about them)’. These are their 4 predicitons about the future of work: 1) No Benefits, Better Jobs 2) Blue Collar Gets Sexy 3) Everything Global is

Managing Talent Differently

The talent challenge is for real. And it isn’t just the frontline Indian software firms that are realising this. Increasingly, the global IT majors setting up shop in India are sensing the need to find new ways to attract and

On using overly-simplistic language to describe complex organisational issues…

Dave Snowden of the Cynefin Centre recently said that the relationship between a terrorist and the state, a tax-payer and the tax authority and an employee and the organisation are very similar: they are all complex, a-symmetric relationships and a
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Social causes attract BYTs

We have long argued that companies that show some form of genuine social concern and investment will be more attractive to today’s talented young people – both as customers and staff. For many years, top end professionals (especially lawyers and

Sneaky outputs

One of the significant shifts we’re seeing in talent management is around input versus output performance measurement. The traditional Company Man arrived at work promptly, spent solid hours at his desk, did not overstay his welcome at tea breaks and

Office Pirates – Dilbert for X'ers

Here is a great article from the 9 March 2006 edition of New York Times. Once you have read it you may want to visit officepirates.com. Just in case you were wondering…I don’t think this is just for men. Office

Office Pirates – Dilbert for X’ers

Here is a great article from the 9 March 2006 edition of New York Times. Once you have read it you may want to visit officepirates.com. Just in case you were wondering…I don’t think this is just for men. Office
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Work-Life balance – ideas for action

Apparently 1 March is designated “Work-Life Balance” Day. Not sure it made any difference to me, but there it is… I found the following article online at (of all places) the AccountingNet website (I think more than this is definitely

What Do Gen Xers Want?

From Fortune magazine (Jan 20, 2006), here are how some of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For keep young up-and-comers happy. (Read it online here). (FORTUNE) – If you’re a manager with people reporting to you who were born

Being Talented

Written by Barrie Bramley, with Vicky Solomon. When we talk about ‘talented’ people, what do we actually mean? The word talent is currently a buzzword and is being thrown about in today’s society but a conclusive definition is hard to
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Scott Adam's Wisdom for Graduates

From the Dilbert Blog: I’ve been asked to compile some Dilbert advice for new graduates who have no idea what’s awaiting them in the business world. I’m talking about practical advice. Here are some of the ones that come to
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What not to do – Part 1

I often ask myself the question “How did I get here?� Looking back on the choices I’ve made in my life so far, this question cannot always be answered. Try it – look back on the last 5 years and

Adultescence – the new young adult

Social scientists have coined a new word to describe the phenomenon many of us have been talking about for some time. It describes the 19 to 30 year olds, who have no desire to leave their parent’s home, get married,

Performance Management and Bright Young Things

At TomorrowToday.biz, we talk a lot about talent. We have three specific angles: (1) Winning the Talent Wars – the organisational message, to help companies create the right climate for attracting and retaining talent, (2) Prime Time – how to
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College Courses – Then and Now

I was chatting to my business colleague, Keith Coats, the other day. His daughter, Tamryn, registered for university this past week. Keith was amazed at the choices of course packages that were available. This sparked a discussion. Keith was at

From the "Any Idiot Could Have Told You That" Department

It was announced today that the new daily Joburg newspaper, Nova, is no more. After just four and a half months, it is closing up shop. (Read more here). The paper was aimed at “upwardly mobile young professionals”. Who are

From the “Any Idiot Could Have Told You That” Department

It was announced today that the new daily Joburg newspaper, Nova, is no more. After just four and a half months, it is closing up shop. (Read more here). The paper was aimed at “upwardly mobile young professionals”. Who are

Dis-incentivising Politics

September 2004 was a significant moment in South Africa’s political history as 486 councillors ‘crossed the floor’ to opposing parties. Not particularly sure on how to curb future crossings, the political parties concerned have opted to fine councillors crossing the

The youth of today

I read TechCrunch. It’s a blog, wirtten by Mike Arrington, that documents and reviews newly released second-generation (Web 2.0) Internet companies. If you have any interest in the evolving relational Web, I’d advise checking it out. Recently Mike did a
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100 Best Companies to Work for in America

In our Bright Young Things workshops we assist companies in identifying points of gravitation that draw talent into their hallways, offices and boardrooms. Typically, remuneration is listed as a primary gravitation point. However, we believe that this is no longer

Divide the Income, Not the Profits: A Financial Manifesto for the TomorrowGroup

E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm by Dr Graeme Codrington At TomorrowToday, we are very interested in what companies need to do in order to attract and retain talented staff. We spend a lot of

Talent management becomes key component of HR

The Society for Human Resource Management yesterday released the results of a survey of HR issues – read the summary here (if you are an SHRM member, get the full report here). Its probably no surprise that talent management tops

White Lightning: A lesson in Talent Management

Allan “White Lightning” Donald (AD) was the mainstay pace bowler of the South African cricket side for the better half of a decade . Donald also established himself as a prolific county player for Warwickshire and Worcestershire in England in

‘My mom will sort you out!’ Boomer’s Kids @ Work

“How do you deal with a generation that has had their parents take care of all their problems when they face disappointment in the workplace?” This is a question most HR Managers are asking themselves in the US and soon

'My mom will sort you out!' Boomer's Kids @ Work

“How do you deal with a generation that has had their parents take care of all their problems when they face disappointment in the workplace?” This is a question most HR Managers are asking themselves in the US and soon

Talent Communities – the latest recruitment concept

From: http://www.stepstone.com/solutions/talentmanagement.htm Enterprise Talent Management Historically, even the largest organizations have been forced to adopt a largely tactical approach to recruiting. Companies with strong brand recognition operating in well-defined markets could use targeted media campaigns to build awareness amongst potential
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Happiness in the Workplace

Some info from Dr. Timothy J Sharp (a.k.a. Dr. Happy), http://www.drhappy.com.au, who looks at research into happiness in the workplace. TIM’S QUICK SUMMARY In brief, high performing groups within the most successful organisations (1) feel valued, (2) are supported and

South Africa's prospects

Image courtesy of www.lowveldnet.co.za The Economist (14 Jan 2006) carries a report on investment in South Africa. They suggest: “Spend more but wisely” (read the full story here – login required). Simply put, the article points out that South Africa’s

South Africa’s prospects

Image courtesy of www.lowveldnet.co.za The Economist (14 Jan 2006) carries a report on investment in South Africa. They suggest: “Spend more but wisely” (read the full story here – login required). Simply put, the article points out that South Africa’s
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Technology & Talent: How consumer power drives business technology

The Wise Marketer on 27 Dec 2005, carries this story – read it here. A summary: “The growing integration of technology into every aspect of life, whether in the home, office, family, car or recreational arenas, will profoundly impact business
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Technology & Talent: How consumer power drives business technology

The Wise Marketer on 27 Dec 2005, carries this story – read it here. A summary: “The growing integration of technology into every aspect of life, whether in the home, office, family, car or recreational arenas, will profoundly impact business

Office Optional

The Dec 2005 Inc magazine has a great article on Point B, a consulting company with over 200 employees, and no office premises at all. In addition to their virtual nature, they also have a specific approach to their staff
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People Trends for 2006

Watson Wyatt Worldwide (NYSE:WW) is a global human capital and financial management consulting firm. The firm specializes in employee benefits, human capital strategies, technology solutions, and insurance and financial services and has 6,000 associates in 30 countries. They have released

The Young & the Restless

As I sit here a day before Christmas, rain falling, birds in the feeder right outside my window and a sense of peace and goodwill pervading the atmosphere I am witness to another phenomena about to unfold: Roadtrip 2006. My
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Million Dollar Homepage

And so, you’re sitting around one day as a broke 21yr old student pondering how you’ll pay for your university tuition fees. It’s really simple – host an advertising site where you sell space. Alex Tew is the brains behind

Store layout for Gen X

We all know why milk and bread is found at the back of food retail store? It’s because they’re two things that everyone needs more often that almost anything else. By putting it at the rear of the store you

An African Christmas: Awesome customer service

Ed Jordan is fairly well known in South African music circles. Together with some business mates, he has produced a few albums of kids music with a distinctly African flavour – you can get them here. Their latest album is
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BrainReactions: smart entrepreneurship

Anand Chatpar was recently acknowledged by BusinessWeek as one of the top 5 entrepreneurs of 2005 (under the age of 25). His company, BrainReactions, “helps companies innovate new products, services and marketing concepts by conducting brainstorming sessions with the most

Seven bribes for severance brothers

They’re leaving in their droves – this new breed of employees, and there seems little anyone can do about it. You invest time, money and effort into training them, only to be rewarded with: “Thanks for everything, I’m leaving.� And

What an experience

I had lunch with Rich and Dave today. I’m writing about it, because lunch is probably the first thing I’m going to forget. Rich and Dave are from Missing Link (one could even make a case for them being the

Customer service Mike’s way

There’s a young guy named Mike who heads up the Braamfontein Tempest/SIXT car rental office. He used to be based at Johannesburg International. He was moved to Braamfontein as part of a promotion? (Imagine what happens when you mess up?)

Customer service Mike's way

There’s a young guy named Mike who heads up the Braamfontein Tempest/SIXT car rental office. He used to be based at Johannesburg International. He was moved to Braamfontein as part of a promotion? (Imagine what happens when you mess up?)

The dawn of the iPub

I’m always on the look out for new ways people are viewing and using the world (paradigm shifts). In a world of discontinuous change they’re happening all around us. It’s in these spaces that we see new innovations as people’s
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I told you so

I warn you once again that if you’re not interested in cricket, or are bored of my obsession with Jacques Kallis… just ignore this post. Let’s review his performance in India. He batted in only 3 of the 5 games

Business Benefits for a new type of employee

The Herman group send out a weekly trend tracker. This week’s deals with the new types of benefits companies will need to offer in order to attract Talent. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter here Herman Group Trends

Online, on tap resources

Imagine this… You’re a manager in a large corporate, and you’re working on an important project. You assess your current team, and you realise that you’re a little short of some skills, and the team is not quite as balanced
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Is anyone in America listening?

Great article on Gen Y…I pray someone in America who is holding the reigns can hear this article loud and clear: Generation Y: They’ve arrived at work with a new attitude By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY They’re young, smart, brash.

CEO Succession

This week I wrote about how CEO evaluation is not geared enough towards talent attraction, development and utilisation. Read it here – Chicken or Egg. Talent or Profit?. So, in keeping an eye out for CEO evaluation content I found

Chicken or Egg. Talent or Profit

The war A CEO’s performance is generally measured on two things: share price and shareholder value. This is the plight of a business leader in a capitalist society, and most of his/her time is dedicated to these criteria. However there

Researching Youth

In doing research for a feature article on “Cool Hunters”, I cam across a white paper on “Understanding Youth:. What Works and Doesn’t Work When Researching and Marketing to Young Audiences”, by By John Geraci, Peter Silsbee, Sarah Fauth, and
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China’s Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’
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China's Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’

The Perfect Talent Storm

Impending baby boomer retirements, a widening skills gap and outdated approaches to talent management are combining forces to produce a “perfect storm” that threatens long-term business performance, according to a new survey conducted by the Human Capital practice of Deloitte.

Gen Y – your new workforce

Here’s what looks to be a great thread of conversation around Gen Y in the work place. Click here for the full thread This is a generation has has been advocated for since their moment of birth, has had no

Sat next to a Bright Young Thing on the plane last night

When my grandfather was dishing out good career advice, ‘getting a job in a big company and staying there, and working your way up patiently’ would have been a theme he’d have followed. In fact my father didn’t stray much
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In demand

One of the growing forces that is contributing to the talent wars in South Africa is “demand�. We know that Xers in their early careers aim to increase their marketability by building a portfolio as opposed to a CV. Bigger
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The Leadership Pipeline

As I left for an overseas trip, I rummaged through my bookcase of “books to be read” and selected the clean, white cover of The Leadership Pipeline, by James Noel, Stephen Drotter and Steven Drotter (Buy it at Amazon.com or

Defining the "Knowledge Worker"

The New Straits Times (Malaysia) is running a column today on “K-workers key to our survival” by Butt Wai Choon (MD of Microsoft Malaysia). The focus is on developing knowledge workers in the ICT sector of Malaysia. However, it starts

Defining the “Knowledge Worker”

The New Straits Times (Malaysia) is running a column today on “K-workers key to our survival” by Butt Wai Choon (MD of Microsoft Malaysia). The focus is on developing knowledge workers in the ICT sector of Malaysia. However, it starts

Knowing what you're good at

(Yes, this is sort of about Jacques Kallis – for those who know cricket, or Jacques, see previous post on this issue). The Dilbert Principle refers to a 1990s satirical theory stating that companies should promote their worst employees to

Knowing what you’re good at

(Yes, this is sort of about Jacques Kallis – for those who know cricket, or Jacques, see previous post on this issue). The Dilbert Principle refers to a 1990s satirical theory stating that companies should promote their worst employees to

Poaching talent

Many companies today are recruting and attempting to retain staff in an environment where their ‘bright young things’ are being snatched with the lure of bigger salaries and more responsibility. Here’s a short article that caught my eye about SalesForce.com
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Extreme Business

3 laptops. R 1,000. 3 days to create a sustainable business. Four young SA entrepreneurs are taking business to the extreme. From their press release: How many times do we talk about the ‘great idea’ around the braai? How many

What part of ‘they aren’t going to stay’ don’t you understand?

In TomorrowToday.biz we have an ongoing debate on the issue of retaining today’s talent (we call them Bright Young Things). Some of us say you can (although not like it used to be) and some of us say you can’t.

What part of ‘they aren’t going to stay’ don’t you understand?

In TomorrowToday.biz we have an ongoing debate on the issue of retaining today’s talent (we call them Bright Young Things). Some of us say you can (although not like it used to be) and some of us say you can’t.

Designed for life ‌ or Design for LIFE!

It’s pretty obvious that the way we work is changing. Nowadays � the office is that nice comfy chair in Starbucks. With the advent of ‚mobile‛ technologies our office space followed suit and became mobile too. So now you see

Designed for life ‌ or Design for LIFE!

It’s pretty obvious that the way we work is changing. Nowadays � the office is that nice comfy chair in Starbucks. With the advent of ‚mobile‛ technologies our office space followed suit and became mobile too. So now you see

The Talent Myth – Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell in 2004 put together his manifesto on The TalentMyth (get it at www.changethis.com). It is a brief write-up on the work some Mckinsey consultants put together regarding “The War for Talent� that profiled numerous Big Cheese Co’s, one

Managing Talented People

I haven’t read this book, but the write ups look good. Its Managing Talented People, by Alan Robertson & Graham Abbey (Pearson, 2003) (Get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). Check out the great list of questions inspired by the book
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Extrapreneurship

An article in the Futurist magazine addresses an new way of developing / running enterprises that uses the best of the outsourcing trend, the connection economy, and connection technologies. The article ‘blurb’ says: “Information Technologies are toppling traditional hierarchical business-management

Microsoft, Mini-Microsoft and the Talent Exodus

The mileage our monolithic proprietary friend has gained out of its new human persona, attributable to the 2,000 or so registered Microsoft employee blogs, not to mention the now-famous Robert Scoble (of Scobleizer), is suddenly being tainted by a self-proclaimed

Oh dear, here we go again

Last summer I waged a lone war against the world’s best cricket all-rounder. Simply put, I contend that Jacques Kallis should not be playing one day cricket (and definitely not 20:20!!). (PS – if you don’t know what cricket is,

Talent Networker: Dave Matthews

I remember the first time I heard the Dave Matthews Band – it was a summers day driving along the South Coast with Mike (see his post on DMB). I could not quite figure out why this band resonated with

Knowledge workers and office design

When considering how to attract and retain talented “Bright Young Things”, not only must you consider remuneration policies, flexibility and freedom, challenging work and personal development opportunities (amongst other factors), you also need to take into account the physical environment

Global talent drought to hit in next five years

The HR magazine, Personnel Today, 13 Sep 2005, cites a survey by Deloittes that indicates globally HR practitioners are most worried about attracting and retaining talent over the next few years (read the full story here – includes graphic summaries).
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Pay ‘em more to keep ‘em

This morning I heard Thabo Mbeki say something that is very familiar to us. In addressing the high salaries that councilors of local government earn, sometimes higher than his own, Mbeki explained how skills come at a premium in the
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Pay 'em more to keep 'em

This morning I heard Thabo Mbeki say something that is very familiar to us. In addressing the high salaries that councilors of local government earn, sometimes higher than his own, Mbeki explained how skills come at a premium in the

Nonstop Innovation

Inc magazine, July 2005, tells a great story of how one UK company, Cambridge Consultants, gets their employees innovating (read it here). They actively encourage their employees to pursue business ideas. They give them time to develop the ideas, and

Change This

Change This is a website started a year ago, which aims to get people interacting with high level thinking – rather than just taking up their corners and jousting to the death. Their website says: “In the old days, we

Been fired? Got story? Go here!

Another ‘isn’t blogging wonderful’ application. Been fired? Want to tell someone? Go here!

Talent Community: Face-to-Face

This evening marked the first of what I hope will be many insightful, interactive “real people” meetings for what has become known as the TomorrowToday.biz Talent Community. Much has been said and done electronically leading up to this point, as
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Dealing with BYTs in the office – lessons from parenthood

Here is a great book review by a good friend of mine. I wonder if we shouldn’t be looking more to parenthood and children (maybe especially teens) for some lessons on how to deal with the Bright Young Things in
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Dealing with BYTs in the office – lessons from parenthood

Here is a great book review by a good friend of mine. I wonder if we shouldn’t be looking more to parenthood and children (maybe especially teens) for some lessons on how to deal with the Bright Young Things in

Does your company pamper you?

Vikas Kumar, in The Economic Times, has written an excellent article on talented employees. Read it here. A few quotes: instead of you choosing your employee – and this one’s going to be pretty hard for most HR heads and
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Die-hard brand loyalty

Over at my China travel blog I've written about how much I love my Apple iBook laptop. It doesn't give me any problems, runs really well, has excellent battery life and is very portable (when I bought a camera

Watching a Master

I have played the trumpet since I was 11, and even spent two years doing it professionally, including a year as lead trumpeter of the National Serviceman’s Orchestra of the South African Air Force (whilst conscripted in the late 1980s).

MyCircle.co.za

You remember Barrie’s The Oracle of Kevin Bacon post? So just how prevalent is social networking in South Africa? (with a truly South African flavour, that is). Yahoo! Groups is a facility that some of us use, and we’re becoming

First “Who”, then “What”

In “Who Comes First: Good to Great Marketing” at Marketing Profs, 23 August 2005, Paul A. Barsch uses Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” concept of getting the right people on the bus and applies it to the marketing function. This

First "Who", then "What"

In “Who Comes First: Good to Great Marketing” at Marketing Profs, 23 August 2005, Paul A. Barsch uses Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” concept of getting the right people on the bus and applies it to the marketing function. This

CV’s and the Connection Economy

I read this article today, written by Reg Lascaris – of Hunt Lascaris – after I had a similar conversation with a potential client, discussing the need to balance work teams, using expertise vs personatity types. I thought others may

CV's and the Connection Economy

I read this article today, written by Reg Lascaris – of Hunt Lascaris – after I had a similar conversation with a potential client, discussing the need to balance work teams, using expertise vs personatity types. I thought others may

Young Entrepreneurs Drain Labor Pool

This newsletter was recently distributed by The Herman Group Young Entrepreneurs Drain Labor Pool August 24, 2005 Early indications suggest that the Millennial Generation, born after 1985, has a strong orientation toward entrepreneurship. They feel confident that they can achieve

Google’s recruitment – The way of the future?

Google’s results have exceeded analysts’ expectations every quarter since their IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. In their most recent results their success was linked to the increase in brand profile,despite 50% less marketing spend than their competitors. This was in

Google’s recruitment – The way of the future?

Google’s results have exceeded analysts’ expectations every quarter since their IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. In their most recent results their success was linked to the increase in brand profile,despite 50% less marketing spend than their competitors. This was in

Succeeding in the future workplace

‚Sir, when looking at future trends and stuff – what should I study?‛ Being a futurist Industrial Psychologist often attracts a questions like this. It is often asked by a late teen/early twenty-something whose parents stand just that little bit
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China beckons…

I'm heading to China next Saturday (27 Aug) for 10 days.

Multi Occupational Disorder

Darren Rowse, author of the extremely popular Problogger site writes an article (which refers to another article!) about the multi-faceted life of a professional blogger. However, I feel the language being spoken in this exchange is representative of that being
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LogoWorks gets it

LogoWorks designs corporate logos. Wow. So do hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide. But the reason LogoWorks rises above the crowd is that they have designed an internet business model that harnesses the power of ecommerce, attracts bright young things

A New Way to Collaborate

Blog + Wiki = a new way to collaborate. 21 year old Lucas Carlson has integrated these two existing technologies in an exciting new way… For years, programmers have used versioning tools to collaborate on writing software. In that way,

Lessons from the Gamer Generation

Have you ever heard of Kim Hyun Wook? I didn’t think so. He is a South Korean professional racing car driver. As with most pro sportspeople, he has his own fan club, merchandise and a host of sponsors. He earns
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The Crazy Monkey Phenomenon

Benoni. My hometown. Not much to say about Benoni. But despite the stigma attached to it, this enigmatic little city keeps producing exceptional people. Charlize Theron, um… Ok, so Charlize Theron is the only exceptional human being to have originated
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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

There has been much attention on the London Underground in the past few days. It reminded me of an experience I had standing on one of the station platforms. The London Underground is the oldest, busiest (and most expensive) Underground

The Gamer Generation

I got this by email a few weeks ago. I have lost the original reference, but its a goodie. What kind of workers and managers will members of the “gamer generation” make? You’ll be surprised at the answer provided by

Part II: Experience Isn’t What It Used To Be

Previously, in Part I, (http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/content/view/111/40/), we looked at a significant shift taking place in the relationship between employers and employees. The ‚old contract‛ consisted of swapping loyalty for security. A new generation of employees does not accept this old contract

Part II: Experience Isn’t What It Used To Be

Previously, in Part I, (http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/content/view/111/40/), we looked at a significant shift taking place in the relationship between employers and employees. The ‚old contract‛ consisted of swapping loyalty for security. A new generation of employees does not accept this old contract
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Ownership isn't everything

There is a great post today on Marketing Web (see here). Its about the experience economy I was talking about earlier (see here). Rather than owning things, many people are moving towards experiences, rentals, trading, and the virtual. The old
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The Dalai Lama never had an iPod

I was part of an interesting conversation with a couple of people the other day. The topic was meditation. The conversation moved to silence and it’s role in meditation. As I listened to the effects of silence in meditation, I

The great HRDA vlog

What's a vlog? Simple - a Video webLOG. Cameras are rather cheap and so many people have one.

Resourcefulness: the new intelligence?

Confessions of a Bright Young Thing (BYT) … 1) “Aiden, please put together a Recruitment & Selection Policy for our Co”, Big Boss requests. Aiden replies, “Sure!” So Aiden promptly Googles “Recruitment & Selection Policy”, reads a few of the

Professional or not?

Sport is a profession, is it not? By this we mean that there are people who make a living out of it – people who have studied and worked hard, who have made the sport their life’s focus, and who

Social action, the Comrades, Operation Hunger, MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY and the Connection Economy

Dear Prime MinisterIn 2005 you can help make poverty history, if you're able and willing to use your international leadership to deliver policy changes on trade justice, debt and aid.If, like me, you find it totally unacceptable that 30,000 children
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A Virtual Champagne Moment

May was a great month for our company. We broke through a psychological income barrier and set a new monthly record. These are the types of things that should be celebrated in companies – but how do you do that

How not to treat your loyal customers

I am sitting in the lounge at Port Elizabeth airport, waiting for the 17h50 flight to Johannesburg. It is an SAA flight. I arrived at the lounge at 14h15, and was informed that because I had bought an X class

True Confessions

I have spent the day at a Tom Peter’s seminar (I am sure you will be hearing more of that in my blogs over the next few days – weeks/years). He gave me a lot to think about, but one
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It's all in the jeans…

The other day an email went round my company saying that “Casual Friday” was now being cancelled and that no one would be allowed to wear jeans anymore. “Casual Friday” was a privilege (for which employees were asked to donate

websites – the good, the bad & the ugly.

How useful is your website?

remember ME

This is not an article about making a difference in the world. It’s not about significance. It’s not about leaving your legacy. It’s far more important than that. It’s about winning the attention of today’s young set (15-35) by giving

Connecting with your Bright Young customers

We live in a world where the individual has more power than ever before. The traditional super-power is not in control anymore. The power has shifted to an unmanageable network of individuals and the ones that can ride this rollercoaster-network

From Rush Hour with Love

I’ve just spent a week away from home on business – long days, short nights, little shut-eye and maximum productivity. All good, except phone calls to my kids have degenerated to “Hi dad, bye dad”. So I plan to take

remember ME

If you’re looking for trends, here’s one you can’t afford to ignore. ‘remember ME’ is the cry of todays younger generations (It is most often used by webpage designers as a checkbox when entering your details on their site –

Guess our collective ages and sit with us in the cockpit for the landing

Yesterday I flew down to Cape Town. I fly on a variety of airlines. It depends on time and price. These are my variables and I do all my own bookings online. The delight about yesterday’s trip was the attitude

Deciding on how to decide who is talented

I met yesterday with a journalist doing a feature on talent management. Having spent over an hour talking about what TomorrowToday.biz does, I was unsatisfied with my answer to one of her questions. She asked, “How can you know if

Another form of Network Marketing – will it work?

On Marketing Web this week, there was an article (click here for article)posted about companies paying people to be brand-ambassadors, wondering the aisles and petrol stations, cleverly convincing us in a ‘not-the-usual-suspects’ way to consider changing brands, or trying something

Advertising (to kids) just gets harder and harder

On June 28, 2004, Fortune magazine reported on a school in the USA where fourth graders were being trained in media awareness – basically being “ad proofed”. (Read the story here – you need a subscription to Fortune). These children

Leaving Boomers out of the loop

The other night I spoke at a Business School for 3 hours, focussing on Generational Theory in the workplace. There was lots of stimulating discussion, but the one thread that caught my attention was a comment made by an Xer

Would You Work for Halliburton?

The Devastating Effect of not Taking “Bright Young Things” Seriously. Halliburton History In the midst of all the corporate scandals and alleged shenanigans across the globe in the past few years, the name of Halliburton features quite prominently. This is

Lessons from where you least expect them

I spent 8 hours driving yesterday, to have a 90 minute meeting. Well an interview actually. I met with Thomas Schmuck. He manages a building supply store that is part of the Build It franchise (Click here for their web

New ways to attract top talent

How do you get noticed as a company attempting to hire this year’s crop of bright young graduates? L’Oreal has gone for an interesting strategy. Following the extraordinary success of business based reality TV game shows (we’re not fans of
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BEE and talent, and The Sound of Music

This may be a contentious issue, but then again that’s what blogs are for. I have just returned from a family outing to the State Theatre,where we watched an excellent performance of The Sound of Music. An outstanding feature of

Overlooked . . . for being too young

The Times of London, 13 April 2005, reported on a survey by the Hay Group (remuneration specialists) on age discrimination against younger workers (specifically those age 18-24). You can read it here. The main reasons for young people (Generation Xers)

Can I Bring the Kids?

Inc magazine (June 2004) ran a short story on new employee benefits – one of which is child-care facilities. Read the article here (and see the online poll that indicated that 65% of Inc online readers would consider adding daycare).

4 Words that got me excited – and I don't know why?

Global Reach; Location Independence; Electronic Knowledge Network; Time Compression. These four headings were used to describe VeriFone’s business model in a FastCompany article today. Click here for full article As I read through the article there was something that immediately

4 Words that got me excited – and I don’t know why?

Global Reach; Location Independence; Electronic Knowledge Network; Time Compression. These four headings were used to describe VeriFone’s business model in a FastCompany article today. Click here for full article As I read through the article there was something that immediately

Developing people for the future

We know the world is changing faster than ever before. We also knowthat much of this change can be ascribed to the explosion of information andcommunication technologies. But if it is true that information and knowledgedoubles faster than ever before,

Gen X Entrepreneurship: Designing a new business model

In the first article in this three article series we identified the fact that generation X entrepreneurs are put off by the perception that a consequence of entrepreneurship is being alone. In this article we will examine the concept of

Turning your employees into the Bright Young Things of tomorrow

Jean was awarded his Masters in Industrial Psychology cum laude in January 2005. This article is based on intensive research for his Masters thesis. More details of how to access his research will be available soon. During recent years the

The Apprentice: Leadership Lessons We Shouldn’t be Learning

Written by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington. The ongoing search for better and stranger reality TV shows has produced many brilliant ideas. When one of the world’s most flamboyant businessmen and NBC got together to create the 2004 hit, The

The Apprentice: Leadership Lessons We Shouldn’t be Learning

Written by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington. The ongoing search for better and stranger reality TV shows has produced many brilliant ideas. When one of the world’s most flamboyant businessmen and NBC got together to create the 2004 hit, The

The goal of diversity is not harmony

Travel the world. It doesn’t matter where you go. People are Diverse. Dictionary.com defines diversity as, “A point or respect in which things differ.” Simple really. So why are we so stuck with it? Why when you mention diversity, or

Gen Xers: Entrepreneurship & the (a)loneliness factor

This is the first article of a three article series that will discuss generation X entrepreneurs. The first article will look at one of the key ‘pains’ gen X entrepreneurs feel and place this experience within the context of the

Gen Xers: Entrepreneurship & the (a)loneliness factor

This is the first article of a three article series that will discuss generation X entrepreneurs. The first article will look at one of the key ‘pains’ gen X entrepreneurs feel and place this experience within the context of the

Are we really only ‘Human Resources’?

Why are we struggling so much to keep our bright young things? Why do all our efforts aimed at coaching and mentoring programmes just not seem to produce the benefits we hoped for? Why is our BEE programme failing? Where

Are we really only ‘Human Resources’?

Why are we struggling so much to keep our bright young things? Why do all our efforts aimed at coaching and mentoring programmes just not seem to produce the benefits we hoped for? Why is our BEE programme failing? Where

Part I – Loyalty and Security

‚We can’t keep our bright young things‛. This is the common complaint of businesses around the world at the moment. Today’s new generation of employees and customers seem to flit around from company to company, with no sense of loyalty

Seven lessons from a BYT resignation letter

The Great HR Paradox: A thought bullet for CEOs everywhere

Never before has ‘HR’ (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more needed.

Volunteers not employees – Watch this space

Written by Graeme Codrington, Barrie Bramley and Keith Coats. It stands to reason then that those people who work in, and have a clear understanding of, the volunteer-based organisation, are in a unique position to be able to provide resources

Seven bribes for severance brothers

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Gen X is approaching 35

The oldest Gen Xers are fast approaching 35 years of age. One outcome is that they’re starting to find themselves being included in some influential forums inside of their workplaces, as they continue to challenge current structures, values, cultural norms,

With or without you – we’re moving on

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop smiling at the South African Post Office’s current radio advertising campaign. If you haven’t heard any of them, then let me do my best to describe the gist of what they’re

With or without you – we’re moving on

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop smiling at the South African Post Office’s current radio advertising campaign. If you haven’t heard any of them, then let me do my best to describe the gist of what they’re

Keeping your Bright Young Things

-bright Refreshingly different; full of passion; street smart; not easily fooled; ready for anything (rfa) -young Somewhere between 21 and 34 (more about mind than body) -thing

Keeping Top Employees

One might be considered blind if you didn’t recognise the importance of ensuring that ‘turn over’ of staff remains at a minimum. The cost of losing a staff person is high, when one considers; recruiting expenses, training costs and reduced