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The Art of Coaching: An Excellent Management Tool!

  Sep 23 2018

# Human Resources and Training

frustrating challenge many managers face is dealing with employees who perform their job without a feeling of ownership. The manager often feels perplexed by the employee’s lack of commitment toward his job even though the manager may have spent time and effort explaining every detail to the employee. A few years ago as I was visiting some relatives when a heated discussion erupted between a fath...;

Change that Starts Somewhere

  Sep 19 2018

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

3 min read Have you gone through a phase when you suddenly get this strong urge to let go of old habits, toxic people and pointless distractions that hold you back? When you want to get rid of things that remind you of your old self? To me it happened naturally and unconsciously. It was an urge to do something to help me grow. It started a...;

Tackling the Maintenance Fixed Cost Challenge Through Cost Effective Maintenance

  Sep 19 2018

# Maintenance Planning and Asset Management

In the past few months I have been privileged to have worked with maintenance professionals in Africa, Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East including people from a wide range of backgrounds from oil refineries to mines and on to hotels. As I have done this, I have asked them similar questions around how they manage costs and have found a remarkable level of consistency, no ma...;

Building an All-Star Credit and Collections Team

  Sep 18 2018

# Accounting and Finance

Training opportunities, in less enlightened organizations, are handed around like chocolates in a box. In some instances, they are often chosen with only as much consideration. This approach is mostly the preserve of the well-intentioned organization, eager to show a willingness to spend on staff and management learning. Commendable though the intent might be, it is inevitably doom...;

The Formula for a Successful Team

  Sep 18 2018

# Human Resources and Training

I admit to having a personal fascination with teams. This started at the tender age of 7 as a player on the under 8s basketball team at my local school, and continues to this day in my corporate role as partner at Meirc Training and Consulting. Throughout the years my fascination centered on the perennial question: “What makes teams successful?”. My experience on teams, whether in ...;

The Future of Artificial Intelligence depends on trust

  Sep 9 2018

# Data Management and Business Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is wildly popular, and it seems as if it is omnipresent applied. It is the foundation for your social media timeline, and with almost every interaction online follows an AI implementation providing you with more relevant suggestions based on your interaction. But useful applications that go beyond simple recommendations are hard to find. ...;

On Strategic Human Resources Management

  Sep 5 2018

# Human Resources and Training

In the world of Human Resources (HR), strategically partnering with the management team has been a hot topic for the past two decades. The goal of this partnership is to provide the organization, represented by its top management team, with properly analyzed HR data and propose well-designed HR solutions that will aid the organization in making sound strategic business decisions. How...;

On Employee Relations

  Aug 14 2018

# Human Resources and Training

Do you feel you fit in? Do you feel you belong? These are two very important questions that organizations should ask their employees. But what does it mean to fit in? How is it different from belonging and why is it important for organizations to ask their employees these questions? Fitting in means a person modifying his/her behavior to satisfy the perceived norms or culture in a cer...;

Leadership Read

  Aug 13 2018

# Human Resources and Training

Lately, I read a leadership book talking about two dramatically different types of managers. The first type drains intelligence, energy and capabilities from the ones around them. They always need to be the smartest ones in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy stealers and the talent assassins. Those managers are trapped in their own ego, overpowering others and reducing the organizat...;

What is Machine Learning?

  Aug 13 2018

# Digital Innovation and Transformation

There is often is a lot of confusion surrounding the term ‘Machine Learning’. To clear it up, we asked one of our Machine Learning experts to define the term for us. Here is a succinct overview of the fundamentals of Machine Learning and a run-down of the solutions available within the subject area. ...;