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Becoming a better leader – a good business decision

Sara
Management and leadership have always been defined differently with many business owners urged to develop the latter skill. The truth is, there is only so much management skills one can learn. After that, systems and the employees take care of much of the day to day running of the business. The challenge of the business owner is to ensure all parts of the business work in tandem to achieve the goal of the business. This calls for leadership and the more developed leadership skills you have, the better chance of your business attaining success and once successful, sustaining it! It may not make sense to many as they start out with small teams, but your leadership impacts many areas of your business.

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Outsourcing – Offshore and Onshore

Sara

Outsourcing is an idea that has revolutionised the way entrepreneurs plan, structure and run an enterprise, and it’s increasing popularity can be attributed to its capacity to help entrepreneurs scale and deploy a business idea faster and operate more efficiently. Embracing the idea of outsourcing, entrepreneurs can focus on developing solutions and expertise in core competencies where they add real value to their market, either naturally through their access to unique or scarce resources, or intelligently though their ingenuity. They can then outsource the more mundane and tedious tasks that, although critical to the day to day operations of their business, aren’t the primary reason for their existence.

Businesses that need this kind of service can check out this recent article about how to choose the right cleaning company for your business. Offshore outsourcing, sometimes referred to as offshoring, is outsourcing tasks that can be done by someone overseas in a country where the cost of living is lower than in the country in which the host company operates



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“People don’t Leave Jobs. They Abandon Managers.”

And it can be extremely costly if it is not identified and dealt with, because it results in significant organisational inefficiencies including: Disgruntled disengaged employees To find out more about how to deal with these kinds of problems we spoke with leadership and executive coach Kerry Little of Gwyder consulting. With a career as a senior Executive, a Masters in Organisational Dynamics and the IP of one of the world’s greatest leadership thinkers ( Marshall Goldsmith) behind him, Kerry is one of the leading providers of organisational change and leadership training in Australia. Kerry believes one of the biggest problems facing businesses in today’s sophisticated economy is the transforming expectations of employees and the war for talent, ie recruiting and holding onto high performing staff.

With a career as a senior Executive, a Masters in Organisational Dynamics and the IP of one of the world’s greatest leadership thinkers ( Marshall Goldsmith) behind him, Kerry is one of the leading providers of organisational change and leadership training in Australia. Kerry believes one of the biggest problems facing businesses in today’s sophisticated economy is the transforming expectations of employees and the war for talent, ie recruiting and holding onto high performing staff. “It’s funny; but many companies don’t train and develop their employees for fear they will leave, when the facts show that developing their employees is more often than not an encouragement for employees to stay” say’s Little. In survey after survey on employee aspirations, the top desire cited by employees is training opportunities, (not salary increases) and by offering promising high-potential employees more extensive development opportunities, their engagement; and thus their inclination to stay with your company grows. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to organisational benefits, because engaged and skilled employees not only make your work-force better employees, they contributes to the innovation and evolution of your organisation, which is what really drives the growth of businesses in modern economies, and can only be achieved over time, by successfully training and development your best people and training them as your leaders and managers, in essence offering them a career and not just a job. In fact, in “Leading the Way: Three Truths from the Top Companies for Leaders (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), authors Marc Effron and Robert Gandossy show that companies that excel at developing leaders tend to achieve higher long-term profitability, and one of the main reasons for this is because these businesses retain and inspire their best people to grow in their roles, fueling the innovation that helps growing businesses leapfrog their competitors in today’s fast moving, highly competitive economy. By providing a pathway to management, and developing managers with leadership training to help them work more effectively with and through employees, team productivity improves, and when this is sustained, employees start to better understand their roles and can actually begin to drive innovations that further increase productivity and efficiency. For readers interested in exploring how to create sustainable long term growth by making better  management a key success factor in the growth of their business, there are several free to download self-coaching reports available here, that can help curious leaders and business owners  execute simple strategies to engage and motivate staff



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Is Tradition Your Fall-Back Position?

Sara

We published an article in MO* Magazine (in Dutch) on the Kashagan oil field, situated in the Northern part of the Caspian Sea belonging to Kazakhstan. On 11th September, the biggest oil field discovered during the past 40 years started its production of oil. Kashagan was discovered 13 years ago, but oil production was delayed due the complex technical challenges. Moreover, little gain is expected for local communities and there is a tremendous risk for an environmental disaster. If an ecological disaster happens, the relative political stability of the Caspian Sea region is at stake.

In Atyrau, Kazakhstan, we talked to: a taxi driver who helped with the construction of the Kashagan islands; an employee at the newly constructed Bolashak oil refinery; Galina Tschernova, leading lady of the local ngo Globus Centre that fights to protect the environment and the local people; Abdulla Amin, risk manager for an American company; Serikhzan Mambetalin, past chairman of the disqualified Green party.

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The Breakthrough Moment

Sara
The breakthrough moment... is that moment when you come up against everything that IS possible... and you either choose it (even if it is REALLY uncomfortable) or you back away, hiding amongst the excuses that have kept you from going beyond it in the past. How many times have you almost got there, only to stop yourself?  Is it time to stop it... or do you love stopping you? Are any of these scenarios familiar to you? “I know I can do this, but before I do, I just need to.....(insert big thing that is your current ‘unsolvable obstacle’ here).....” “I would love to do this, but I’m just going to.....

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The Challenge of Being a Practitioner

This article presents an account from people who are now academic researchers who supported people with learning disabilities in the 1970s and 1980s. It explores how a practitioners and an academic engaged in researching and teaching social welfare issues from a social model and critical rights perspective, remember and have come to terms with oppressive practices from the past. The paper includes instances of resistance to unethical systems and behaviours, but also painful memories of compliance. The authors reflect on their ethical positions in their past practice and discuss the importance of remembering and acknowledging.

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New Energies of Business – Contribution

Sara

Have you noticed that business is changing rapidly and in unexpected ways?  Over at BlissTribe we have started to explore the new energies that will form the platform for business in the future. One of my roles as a business coach is to inspire you to have the awareness that there is a different possibility available from what you see right now.  How do you see the people that you work with in your business?  Are they a contribution or do you just wish they would be?  Does it drive you nuts that they aren’t?  Would you like to change all of this?

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Managing the ‘indispensable’ high performing employee.

Sara
The recent global financial crisis has seen an increase in advice to employees to ‘make yourself indispensable’.  A useful strategy for the employee maybe, but not always ideal for a smart small businesses! Those same high performers have the capacity to hold your business hostage to their demands!  So how do you have high performing team members without making them indispensable? Create a culture of high performance so that the ‘average’ level of performance is higher than expected in most businesses. Create an environment and a culture that offers your people incentive to stay and to perform at their best, without them feeling like they need to instigate the ‘power crazy’ aspects of being indispensable.

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