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Achieving Strategic Human Resources Management

Despite several declarations by senior executives that human resources is their greatest assert, the situation on the ground in most organisations does not portray this scenario. With the exception of those organisations where best practice policies have been crafted and are implemented professionally the majority of organisations have no human resources practices to talk about. […]

Some Important Observations About Managing People At Work

Today I am going to share with you some important observations about managing people at work. Paying attention to some of these issues can improve how you manage people as a leader. Never pay people the same even if they are in the same grade. Remember being in the same grade is only a starting […]

Why Most HR Reports Are Useless

Most organisations require their human resources function to produce reports on human resources developments in the organisation. My discussions with most of the human resources professionals and what I have seen points to a challenge in producing meaningful reports. The starting point with the human resources reports is that they are a tool that must […]

The Value of Undertaking 360 Degree Assessments for Managers

360-degree assessment is a process where a person is assessed on some dimensions of interest to the organisation using various sources of feedback. The areas where managers are assessed normally include; level of performance, teamwork or a combination of various leadership competencies. Such competencies may include communication, leadership, strategic orientation, global mind-set, technical job knowledge, […]

Why You Should Assess Personality at Recruitment

Individual personality refers to our general attitude and behaviour across situations. It is largely hereditary and partly childhood experience. Personality is a permanent disposition. Do not expect to change anyone’s personality regardless of what you do to them. If you hire someone with a bad personality, you will not be able to change him or […]

What Every CEO needs to Prioritise

We have a new government with new Ministers. Most corporate executives have renewed optimism about the chances of an economic turnaround for the country. Every organisation has its plans and strategy for the next few years. I know a lot of the leadership in organisations has prioritized major challenges in the environment but my view […]
Ensuring that your organisation has the right workforce plan

Ensuring that your organisation has the right workforce plan

Workforce planning is the process by which an organisation aligns its changing needs, both operational and strategic, with its people strategy. This process entails a lot of things and from experience, different functions of the business appreciate the different facets of workforce planning individually, but rarely the entire process. Human resources practitioners seem to know […]
Are you doing team building the right or wrong way?

Are you doing team building the right or wrong way?

When people work together as a team in every endeavor of life they tend to achieve more than individuals. Most organisations have a budget item on team building every year for various teams in the organisation, including executive teams. What is surprising though is that most of the team building interventions fail. They fail because […]

Interpreting Salary Survey Data

A salary survey is the process by which internal job descriptions are matched to external jobs with similar responsibilities to identify the market rate for each position. Failure to remunerate employees comparably results in failure to attract key talent as well as an exodus of your employees to your competitors. Therefore, it is imperative that […]

The right procedures for selecting a CEO and other Executive Director level staff

Looking at our situation in Zimbabwe we have seen of late most senior executives being dismissed for various reasons. Some of the reasons are genuinely related to poor performance but a large number of these are on the basis of personality clashes between the Board and the concerned executives. In this article, I want to […]
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