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20 Jan

It’s common among work groups to decry the lack of accountability in the workplace. In response, leaders and organisations focus on improving accountability, but often they do so in ways that are completely counter-productive and damaging. Developing accountability is more complex and nuanced than you may initially think, so it’s worthwhile spending some time of getting it right.

11 Jan

January is an interesting month for work in Australia. Things tend to be a little quieter on the work front with things yet to pick up after the holiday period, while social lives can be quite busy as people capitalise on the warm summer nights and greater free time. In your organisation, you likely planned out 2017 back in the final quarter of 2016, and individually there is a good chance that you have set New Year’s Resolutions or at least spent some time pondering and refocussing on your long-term goals and direction. January is thus the ideal time to evaluate your thinking and strike while the proverbial iron is hot. There are a number of things you can do in your team to make sure that you capitalise on the opportunity to reboot in January and set yourself up well for the year.

13 Dec

Organisations and leaders accept that a key competitive advantage available to any organisation lies in the skills and capabilities of its employees. It follows that leaders and organisations recognise the importance of investing in training and development initiatives. Unfortunately, this is rarely done well. Indeed, some research has suggested that 80% of training expenditure is wasted[1]. That’s particularly concerning in times of tight budgets and attention on ROI.

13 Dec

Perseverance and resilience are key to long-term success and are increasingly sought after in employees. In contrast, failure is a dirty word. It makes us uncomfortable and we try to hide our own failures from others fearing it is a sign of inadequacy.

Published in Innovation
20 Nov

We know that change and innovation are important. If you don’t innovate, you will be left behind. But how should you innovate?

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I approached achieving SYNERGY as my team had recently gone through some considerable challenges and I believed it would be useful for us to look at our communication and working styles in order to develop stronger working relationships. As a team of human service professionals, we presented a unique challenge for Aileen as we are trained counsellors and frequently facilitate groups ourselves. Aileen developed a focused program with the DISC profiling model as the foundation for activities that explored our interactions with each other and developed new understandings and tolerance. The program was developed in collaboration with me and I was very happy with the final training day which was very full, but was also delivered in a casual, friendly and fun way. Perfect for our organisation!

Since the training my staff have commented on feeling more connected to the team and the general improvement of morale in our office. I would have no hesitation in recommending achieving SYNERGY to other Managers in all sectors as well as the Not for Profit Sector.

Shaun Mays – WA Division Manager of Canteen

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