Entries by karen

#WORDSATWORK

#WORDSATWORK The Diversity Council of Australia has launched a new campaign to encourage more inclusive language in the workplace.  There is a new campaign, #WordsAtWork which is going viral for all the wrong reasons, and as usual, the focus in discussions about this very important subject have been hijacked because of one thing uttered by […]

RETENTION MADE EASY – HIRE WELL TO START WITH

RETENTION MADE EASY – HIRE WELL TO START WITH I am often asked by partners or business unit managers how to improve retention rates, or to turn it around the other way, how to reduce turnover. It is easy to forget that functional turnover is not the end of the world – the voluntary resignation, […]

THE GRAD RACE – NAILING THE INTERVIEW

THE GRAD RACE – NAILING THE INTERVIEW Once you find out that your next-to-perfect CV has gained you an interview (or perhaps more than one), it is time to prepare for the interview. The emphasis is on the word ‘prepare’. In a law firm, you would not go to a client meeting without being prepared […]

NEED SOME INSPIRATION? HEAD TO TED

NEED SOME INSPIRATION? HEAD TO TED   If you haven’t heard of TED talks you must have been living on another planet. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) started as a one-off event in 1984 and is now a world wide phenomenon, covering topics as diverse as brain science, sleep, art, education and leadership. Speakers have a […]

IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW

IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW   It is that time of year when many graduates are starting work for the first time, looking for jobs, or when people change jobs. It can be a daunting process – after all that study and hard work, you are starting again, at the bottom of […]

HOW TO HANDLE MEETING DERAILERS

Meetings! They seem to take up a lot of time and sometimes achieve little. Internal meetings, in particular, while important, can be time consuming and involve a lot of people who don’t need to be there, or who don’t participate and shouldn’t be there. A colleague sent me this the other day and it made […]

Women Have Ambition – Don’t Wear It Out!

In what will come as no surprise for the many women aspiring to leadership or partnership in the organisations for which they work, Professor Michelle Ryan, a professor of social and organisational psychology at the University of Exeter in the UK, has found that battling structural barriers amongst other things just leaves women tiring of […]

WORLD KINDNESS DAY

Today is world kindness day.  This day is celebrated as it is the anniversary of the opening day of the first World Kindness Movement ® conference, held in Tokyo in 1998. The official purpose of World Kindness Day is to “look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our […]

CH-CH-CHANGES

Nothing is as certain as change.  As Bob Dylan said ‘The times they are a-changing’, and the times are a-changing constantly – both at a macro and micro level.  Change is global and change is subtle, in your own life. The workplace can also seem like a constantly changing place – staff turnover, new leaders, […]

Welcome women back from maternity leave

[Please note that in this blog post I have referred to maternity leave and used the female prepositions for ease of editing.  I acknowledge that many men take parental leave and face the same challenges; however the vast majority of those returning from parental leave are women, so if you are a man reading this, […]