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Meirc’s blogs are meant to be fat-free write-ups on topics which are of interest to our clients and web-site visitors. These blogs are useful when you wish to get an update on a field you follow or when you are looking for a bite-sized article that you would like to refer to or learn from. The blogs are reviewed and updated based on your feedback so please go through the blogs below and click on the one you wish to access and then let us know what you think. We would love to get your feedback. As always, we can be reached on meirc@meirc.com

Volkswagen – Leadership in Crisis

  Nov 10 2015

# Leadership and Management

In the first half of 2015 Volkswagen (VW) overtook Toyota as the top selling automaker in the world. It is a feat to be proud of, especially as the German car manufacturer managed to achieve it three years ahead of time. I can imagine the celebrations, the high fives, and the pride on employees’ faces. However, I have not seen a party end so abruptly and so scandalously as this one di...;

Human Resources: Two Simple Words Creating Great Confusion

  Oct 18 2015

# Human Resources and Training

Two: In Numerology number 2 means modesty. While everybody stands in admiration of the control and decisions of number 1, it is number 2, the HR leader, who is the real power behind the throne. He is a consultant, an advisor and a partner, and number 1 relies on his clever and insightful advice. In addition, we know that it takes ‘two’ to tango, and Human Resources cannot justify its exi...;

Characteristics of Trainers

  Oct 11 2015

# Human Resources and Training

Aspiring trainers are often concerned with what it takes to be successful in their profession. Their thoughts often revolve around the identification of the characteristics of good trainers. Knowing those characteristics would allow for a thorough self-assessment and for taking the steps needed to reverse any deficiency. To determine the top characteristics of trainers, we at Meirc have con...;

Don’t Blame Time.

  Sep 27 2015

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

If you share my passion for history, you will remember this sentence: “peace is the right time to prepare for war”. I agree fully with this old saying even though it reminds me of humankind’s darkest periods, when racism or the arms race cast their shadows over civilization. Aren’t we all in a state of war between what we want and what we are? Aren’t we always in a hurry to finalize wh...;

How to Conduct Training Needs Analysis

  Sep 13 2015

# Human Resources and Training

  There is no secret recipe for conducting a Training Needs Analysis (TNA). There are, however, important steps to consider and apply in sequence to generate a list of training needs that satisfies the organization on one hand (achieving its strategic objectives) and the individual employee on the other (gaining knowledge and skills). The assumptions here are that: Train...;

Introduction and Benefits of Managing Projects Using PRINCE2 Approach

  Sep 7 2015

# Project Management

The PRINCE methodology was initially created in 1989 as a project management approach for the UK government Central Computer Telecommunication Agency (CCTA). The term PRINCE stands for Projects in Controlled Environment. The second version (PRINCE2) was published in 1996. Currently there are over 250,000 accredited PRINCE2 professionals worldwide. The PRINCE2 Accreditations include three parts: ...;

Work Hard not Smart: That’s the Salty Truth

  Sep 1 2015

# Leadership and Management

If you go through the biographies of many globally recognized business leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Jeff Bezos and Carly Fiorina, you will come to the realization that they all put in more than 100 hours a week. That’s the equivalent of 14 hours a day (and change), weekends included. If that’s the case then what should one make of the adage “Work smart, not...;

What Makes a Good Trainer?

  Oct 29 2014

# Human Resources and Training

There is certainly no doctor’s prescription or even over the counter pills for making good trainers. There isn’t even a magic wand that could transform someone to a successful trainer instantly. However, there are a number of characteristics and perhaps actions that successful trainers do constantly whenever they are delivering a training session. We, at Meirc, have been collecting some of these a...;

Does Group Think Exist Within Your Team Decision-Making Process?

  Aug 25 2014

# Leadership and Management

While a team working together can produce better ideas and decisions but, we need to be careful of “Group Think”. It exists when team members give in to pressure to conform to the team, suppressing their own views, ideas and worries resulting in everybody agreeing without any dissent. It happens when too high a price is placed on team consensus and solidarity which drives out realistic appraisal...;

Developing Sales and Marketing Executives For Peak Performance

  May 21 2014

# Marketing and Sales

How do you measure the impact of your Sales and Marketing decisions? Sales and Marketing people take decisions all the time. This might seem normal, but how would you evaluate and measure the effects of your sales and marketing decisions? If you don't, sometimes the output might turn to be catastrophic on profitability margins, the product/company image, inventory levels, etc. Universities have...;