Why HR Managers should not become plumbers and why IT techies charge the fees they do.

Many years ago I was told the story about an IT technician who was called to an executive’s office to fix a computer. The techie arrived, opened the machine, turned one screw, closed it and fired it up. It worked perfectly! When the executive received the account for USD 255 he was incensed. He phoned the techie, demanding to know how turning one screw could possibly cost so much. The techie calmly replied that he’d only charged USD 5 for...

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The Changing face of Teambuilding

 I have been involved in the teambuilding industry since 1994 and as a result I often get asked by industry publications if I’d like to write editorial or them.  When I agree, they want to charge me a fee because they feel that my article will constitute “marketing”.  The real message behind this practice though, is not that they want to charge me for marketing, but they are willing to place anyone’s...

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Meeting Essentials

Having recently facilitated the toughest meeting of my 15 year consulting career, I did some serious reflection on the whole meeting culture and the reasons we spend so much time in them. Heck, some of the companies I’ve worked with book meetings to discuss the next meeting! With people being more "virtually" connected now than ever before, and with the advent of social media (e-mail is almost outdated now) surely we can...

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The changing face of Teambuilding.

I often get asked by industry publications if I’d like to write editorial or articles for them. When I agree, they want to charge me a fee because they feel that my article will constitute “marketing”. The real message behind this practice though, is not that they want to charge me for marketing, but they are willing to place anyone’s contribution if they are willing to pay. Irrespective of the author’s experience...

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Different types of “Teambuilding” and what they are likely to do for your organisation.

The diversity of teambuilding programmes implies that almost anyone can now offer some form of “teambuilding”. Teambuilding programmes are marketed using the words “experiential”, “adventure-based”, and “facilitation”. What does this mean? And what sets teambuilding apart from fun and games (corporate recreation)? Teambuilding has evolved from the belief that “misery acquaints one with...

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