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15 September 2017: Three things HR can do to have a seat at the leadership table

15 September 2017: Three things HR can do to have a seat at the leadership table

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

It’s an exciting and challenging time for every business as technology challenges and disrupts conventional thinking about business models, structures and engagement models. This is also a pivotal time for HR to partner with their businesses to jointly navigate these workplace changes. The recent AHRI Convention provided three thought leadership insights to ensure HR can rise above day-to-day, compliance focused activities, to effectively partner with the business.

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1 September 2017: Seven ways to build your executive presence

1 September 2017: Seven ways to build your executive presence

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

Professor Dave Ulrich confirmed that HR’s true purpose is to create value, and the importance of personal and professional impact was an important message throughout many of the other presentations at the convention. Being a credible leader is as important for HR as other leadership executives and especially, if you want to ensure HR has a seat at the leadership table.

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30 August 2017: Five themes from the HR Tech Conference

30 August 2017: Five themes from the HR Tech Conference

by Russell Porter CAHRI

The recent Australian HR Institute’s HR Tech Conference was filled with surprising statistics, inspirational examples of technology improving people’s lives and motivating calls to action. For Russell Porter, five key themes stood out.

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10 August 2017: Three ways to get your business leaders ready for change

10 August 2017: Three ways to get your business leaders ready for change

by Jacqueline Lotzof MAHRI

We hear it all the time – we are living in a fast paced and dynamic world where the only constant is change. Businesses are being told to adapt or be left behind. From an HR perspective, it seems that as soon as a transformational project has just been completed, the goalpost moves again and we need to re-focus and re-start. This pace of change doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and as HR professionals we need to make sure our organisation is ready to embrace the next big thing.

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28 July 2017: Defining 'real purpose' - The key to employee motivation and a culture of excellence

28 July 2017: Defining 'real purpose' - The key to employee motivation and a culture of excellence

by Paul Marshall CAHRI

Can you define or create real purpose for your employees and something that goes beyond creating the best widget for the best price? Almost all people have an in-born desire to devote their time and talents to something greater than themselves. This is called “the purpose motive.” People want to work hard if they genuinely believe in the greater purpose behind their work. According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, people especially want to do work that “benefits others and contributes to society.”

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21 July 2017: The art of the possible

21 July 2017: The art of the possible

by Russell Porter CAHRI

Get a sneak peak of Marc Havercroft's session The art of the possible in this video interview with National Convention blogger Russell Porter.

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14 July 2017: Technology and HR - Friends or foes?

14 July 2017: Technology and HR - Friends or foes?

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

There is increasing focus on technology in the workplace – how it is creating and displacing roles at the same time. So what role should HR play in this debate? And equally how can HR leverage some of the opportunities this new technology creates to enhance the profile of HR as well as business performance?

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7 July 2017: Three ways to support women in the workplace

7 July 2017: Three ways to support women in the workplace

by Jacqueline Lotzof MAHRI

As a woman in IT I am incredibly excited to hear that Marita Cheng will be speaking at the HR Tech Conference on Monday 21 August, as part of the AHRI National Convention. Cheng is the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and the founder of Robogals Global, an organisation designed to support, educate and encourage more girls to become engineers.

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30 June 2017: Seven ways to create thriving innovation

30 June 2017: Seven ways to create thriving innovation

by Paul Marshall CAHRI

The most competitive, long lasting and fast growing organisations are those that produce a succession of ideas and innovations that continuously improve on existing processes. They deliver to the market new effective products and services and preferably with a stable or falling price tag. This is known as continuous innovation and will always be found in the DNA of any business that’s been around for the long haul.

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23 June 2017: Nine competencies of HR

23 June 2017: Nine competencies of HR

by Russell Porter CAHRI

What a great coup for the Australian HR Institute to have Dave Ulrich at the upcoming 2017 AHRI National Convention and Exhibition. Ulrich is considered the father of the modern HR organisation – he’s the closest thing HR has to a rock star idol! I’m pretty sure he doesn’t break guitars or smash hotel rooms, but he has published over 200 articles and book chapters, as well as 25 books.

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16 June 2017: 3 clever ways to navigate a career change successfully

16 June 2017: 3 clever ways to navigate a career change successfully

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

In my role, I get to chat to people either navigating a career change or helping teams to provide career transitional support to individuals. There are a number of things that individuals can do make any role change a success but three key themes always emerge as defining success factors. They understand what they are good at, they know why they want to change and they are active within their network to find new opportunities. The great thing about these themes is that anyone can do them.

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9 June 2017: Finding it hard to motivate your team to perform?

9 June 2017: Finding it hard to motivate your team to perform?

by Paul Marshall CAHRI

Does the idea that employees really want to succeed seem crazy? Are you locked into a model that believes most employees want to do the bare minimum that it takes to get a paycheck? Do you believe you have to wrestle them into performance? Believe it or not, these ideas about employees can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. So can ideas about the employees' desire to succeed.

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2 June 2017: Were you born to lead?

2 June 2017: Were you born to lead?

by Jacqueline Lotzof MAHRI

Over the past decades there has been an endless debate as to what makes a good leader, and a larger focus on whether leaders are born or made. Is being a great leader an innate trait you were lucky enough to inherit, or is it a result of a lot of learning and practice, or maybe a combination of both?

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26 May 2017: Is technology good or bad for HR?

26 May 2017: Is technology good or bad for HR?

by Russell Porter CAHRI

We used to put our faith in institutions like banks and government, but that trust is shifting to complete strangers. Uber and AirBnB are great examples of this. When I read about this, I wondered what’s next? How will trust evolve as technology continues to be infused into our lives? And then I was reminded of Isaac Asimov’s musings on what the future might look like if robots lived among us.

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19 May 2017: How the AHRI Convention helps you develop a diverse network

19 May 2017: How the AHRI Convention helps you develop a diverse network

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

Navigating the multitude of work changes and day-to-day problem solving required by HR professionals is one of the key balancing acts we do. However this can sometimes be at the peril of being deliberate in building one of your strongest career assets – a diverse network.

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12 May 2017: Are you conducting your salary reviews from 'the outside in'?

12 May 2017: Are you conducting your salary reviews from 'the outside in'?

by Jacqueline Lotzof MAHRI

According to Dave Ulrich's book HR from the outside in, HR professionals are now expected to be a ‘strategic positioner’ and be able to apply external business factors to your internal approach. No longer would it be enough to just know and understand your business to be able to operate strategically; it is now essential to take that knowledge and effectively position your business in the world in which we live. So in the fast paced, money conscious marketplace we are operating in, how can you run your annual salary reviews from the outside-in?

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5 May 2017: Knowledge sharing - why we don't do it more often?

5 May 2017: Knowledge sharing - why we don't do it more often?

by Ilana Nathan MAHRI

I’m a big fan of attending seminars, keynotes, conferences and the like, if they give me a chance to learn about a new or interesting topic and connect with people of other walks of life. The one challenge I always seem to be faced with, is that the knowledge or skill I acquire tends to fall by the wayside, unless I immediately apply it at work. I’m also inconsistent with sharing my newfound knowledge with my peers.

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28 April 2017: Have you seen the future of HR?

28 April 2017: Have you seen the future of HR?

by Russell Porter CAHRI

If you are a HR professional you might be feeling a bit of buzzword overload. Digital disruption, workplace wellness, diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile apps... It feels like there’s a lot of hype about how HR is being transformed by technology and social trends. When you’re focused on the reality of day-to-day HR tasks and challenges, these ideas can seem unnecessary or unimportant. But ignore these social trends and disruptive technologies, and risk becoming obsolete.

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21 April 2017: 3 ways HR professionals can add value for businesses and employees in a rapidly changing workplace

21 April 2017: 3 ways HR professionals can add value for businesses and employees in a rapidly changing workplace

by Fiona McLean CAHRI

As HR professionals, we know that navigating change is difficult enough. The increasingly digital workplace, gig economy, multi-generational workplace and likely automation of key workplace functions, add multiple layers to this change management challenge and that’s just in our function. However, you can follow some quick and easy actions to help you successfully navigate this, both professionally and personally.

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