Happiness

Two weeks ago, in my son’s house, I saw my two granddaughters putting coloured bricks together to make a house. They were in a world of their own; discussing, choosing bricks of different sizes and shapes, making suggestions, changing their minds, laughing –  happiness! Last week, at the airport, I saw a mother and father welcome home their daughter – …

You’ve Got The Job!

  Despite years of research questioning the validity of the interview and the reliability of the interviewer, most organisations still include some type of interview in their selection process (Judge, Higgins & Cable, 2000).  Given this preference for interviewing, structured interviewing techniques offer a means of improving validity of the interview to allow the interviewer to obtain more relevant, detailed and …

Together Everyone Achieves More

               A high-performing team can provide companies with an undeniable advantage over their competitors.  However, many managers will tell you that, although it is easy to put together a team with great potential, it is much more difficult to pinpoint what makes a great team work effectively together.                  According to Dave Winsborough, partner at …

How Will Hard Work Pay Off?

Work is good for us.  It provides a way of structuring and occupying our time, physical and mental activity, an opportunity to use and develop skills, a sense of identity and achievement, social support and, of course, money and other resources. But what if work could actually be doing us harm at the same time? Globalisation, growing competition and austerity …

Why Soft Skills Matter

  A recent survey by The Hay Group showed that graduates overlook the importance of soft skills; including self-awareness, self-management, empathy, listening, teamwork and understanding others’ concerns.  However, according to the vast majority of employers surveyed, soft skills are vital to commercial success. When questioned about soft skills, the majority of graduates said they believed they just needed to be good …