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Are you the terrible boss or effective leader?

The reality of becoming an effective leader is often a painful and difficult journey, laden with trial and error, endless effort, and gathering personal insights. However Dr Babita Mathur-Helm, senior lecturer in organisational transformation and development at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) says that many managers just learn to get by and never complete the journey, ending up becoming terrible bosses.

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Why bots? Less admin, more time for creative work

Bots won’t take away (all of) your work, but they will help build a more creative workplace. Businesses shouldn’t be developing bots and artificial intelligence solutions just because they’re trendy, or because they think they can replace their employees. Smart businesses will use these technologies to free employees from mundane business processes and allow them to be more creative and ‘human’ at work.

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Millennials in the 21st Century

Millennials comprise the generations born between 1980 and 2000, who are now entering the employment field. By 2020, these millennials will form 50% of the global workforce, making way for the soon-to-be retired baby boomers. Millennials with the right skills are in high demand, however, attracting and keeping them have proven to be a challenge to many organisations.

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What to do when the cultural fit is just not right?

When taking up a new job offer we often underestimate the importance of finding an organisation with the right cultural fit. As individuals we thrive or fail in different environments. Helene Vermaak, Business Director at organisational cultural experts, The Human Edge, says that it is often difficult to gauge the company culture and whether the company will be a good fit for you prior to starting with the organisation.

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The time is now! SA youth can blaze a trail to entrepreneurial success

South Africa’s latest unemployment figures make for sombre reading. While official unemployment is now 27.7 percent, the most affected group are young people under the age of 35 with a staggering 38.6 percent of youth unable to find work.

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