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Leading teams in uncertain climates

Uncertainty may be described as the state of having limited knowledge or control of existing or future outcomes. As such, uncertainty is a daily experience for people and business – and people within business. The challenge in managing changing landscapes is not about managing the landscape, which may be beyond our locus of control, but about managing the impact that shifting landscapes have on individual motivation, team effectiveness and organisational success.

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CHINESE EMPLOYEES QUALIFY FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The Employment Equity Act (EEA) makes it compulsory for designated employers to implement affirmative action AA. This means that most employers are required to employ, train and retain the services of employees belonging to previously disadvantaged population groups being black, female and disabled people. The EEA defines black people as “Africans, Coloureds and Indians”. Based on this definition Chinese people do not qualify under the heading of affirmative action employees. This is illogical and unfair because, under the apartheid regime Chinese people were severely discriminated against and are therefore previously disadvantaged.

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2017 graduates to get moving with their job applications

With the job market as competitive as it is, Mark Kritzinger, head of Careers24 is encouraging South African graduates to start their job search for 2018 as early as possible. “It is not too early to start your post-graduation job hunt if you are about to graduate,” says Kritzinger. “Not only is the recruitment process for most companies lengthy and complicated, forward planning also gives graduates more time to research what kind of company they are interested in working at.”

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HOW TO HOLD CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS IN A LESS THAN IDEAL SETTING

“If we could always set the ‘stage’ for a crucial conversation, these difficult discussions would be a lot more successful,” says Helene Vermaak, director at corporate culture experts The Human Edge. “Unfortunately that is not how the real world works, and more often than not a crucial conversation cannot be planned.” These conversations tend to occur in less than ideal conditions – an open-plan office, a family gathering, and a restaurant – anywhere but in a private controlled environment.

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Revitalising strategic planning

In the current environment of global competition, sub-optimal growth, technology disruption, and political uncertainty, South African companies are finding it challenging to put an effective business strategy in place. But what can be done to address this need for planning that remains fundamental to success?

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