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[NewsMaker:] Lauren Woolf

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa recently appointed a Chief Marketing and Talent Officer - Lauren Woolf - and she intends building lifelong fans of the agency with her talent search...

By Louise Marsland 12 Aug 2014 15:41

Stronger together

The very nature of human beings echoes diversity. Diversity is really just differences amongst people on various aspects...

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 12 Aug 2014 07:38

Lessons from the NPA: When the past comes back to haunt you

More skeletons have fallen out of the National Prosecuting Authority's closet, throwing security flaws within government into the spotlight once again. Could this happen within your organisation?

By Jenny Reid 15 Jul 2014 07:43

Do your employees understand professional social media?

Social media is a bit like a naïve teen's house party. Think of it as an endless online party where everyone is invited, everyone can listen or join in, or watch, at any time.

By Jenny Reid 14 May 2014 07:44

What does a good boss look like?
What does a good boss look like?

We speak about good bosses and bad bosses all the time... okay, no wait, we actually only speak about bad bosses all the time.

By Chemory Gunko 11 Apr 2014 05:20

Why South Africa needs chief content officers
Why South Africa needs chief content officers

Within some of the most powerful media groups in SA, often there are many business units. Each of these units is mandated to drive creativity and innovation into their markets by telling the stories of their clients to the audiences that consume them.

By Travis Bussiahn 17 Feb 2014 09:15

Slouching towards Auckland Park
Slouching towards Auckland Park

"The senior management at the SABC couldn't even be bothered to do the numeracy test that was required for a proper skills assessment. The entire senior management of the SABC is in a dire, dire state." Marian Shinn, Parliament 4 February 2005

By Ed Herbst 10 Feb 2014 08:08

[2014 trends] 12 broad (but cherry-picked) trends
[2014 trends] 12 broad (but cherry-picked) trends

Our selection of trends is broad - but cherry-picked - to give you a sense of what the trends are, across a wide variety of industries.

By Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg 29 Jan 2014 09:26

Unlocking the power of processes and systems

South African enterprises that want to drive better operational performance from their investments into new IT systems and business processes, must focus heavily on providing their people with the context, insights, thinking and skills they need to make the most of the tools they have to do their jobs.

By Lyndsey Moorhouse 27 Jan 2014 14:30

[2014 trends] Marketing for advertising
[2014 trends] Marketing for advertising

There seems to be a growing shift towards advertising marketing managers within the South African advertising industry. This trends piece looks at the top three forward-looking ideas affecting the industry.

By Tarryn Pitchers 27 Jan 2014 08:45

[2014 trends] Significant trends in employee engagement
[2014 trends] Significant trends in employee engagement

2013 saw some definite shifts which give indications for 2014 - some necessitated by economics, others by the changing world of technology. There are some clear and significant trends that are being seen in the employee engagement world.

By Michelle Caldeira 24 Jan 2014 07:31

Mapping your employee's touch points

Companies spend an enormous amount of money mapping out customer touch points but why is the same approach not applied to employees?

By Jurgen Vogt 21 Jan 2014 09:07

Choose your most creative time

Creativity is at the core of this industry and both employers and employees need to ensure that they never run out of this precious resource. One way that is increasingly gaining momentum is the policy of flexi-hours.

By Laura Chiweshe 13 Jan 2014 11:19

Ready to exchange the boardroom for the studio?
Ready to exchange the boardroom for the studio?

Are you charged with the adrenalin from having endured more than your fair share of 'flack' in your job? Then you may feel justified in diving headlong into the abyss of perceived 'instant freedom' of the self-employed. But first read on, before you hand over 'The Letter'.

By Catherine Milward-Bridges 12 Dec 2013 16:14

New era in HR management through social media
New era in HR management through social media

Social media and the proliferation of smart devices are sweeping in a new era in HR management, offering businesses an opportunity to engage with the market.

By James McKerrell 5 Dec 2013 14:36

Talent is a myth

I always thought that you were either creative or not. I also felt that I had an uncanny ability to determine whether an applicant would be a good planner or not. Either you had it or you didn't. Boy was I wrong.

By Sid Peimer 22 Nov 2013 06:40

Employment trends for followers and friends (and connections)

A serious dichotomy is haunting the global economy with millions of unemployed people but also millions of positions which can't be filled due to a lack of suitable skills. Hence a few prevalent truths and trends have become apparent when observing the global employment landscape...

By Francois van Dyk, Issued by Ornico 18 Nov 2013 10:41

A melting pot of innovation
A melting pot of innovation

At business school they taught me that diversity in the workplace is a good thing. I can still remember the intensity on my lecturer's face when he explained how bringing people together from different walks of life would foster a creative environment, and bring us untold riches.

By Walter Penfold 16 Nov 2013 08:42

Young talent - Or the lack thereof...

As I write this, I've just come back from a networking breakfast of communications people. There were several common issues that came up, but none more urgent than the lack of young talent.

By Marion Scher 13 Nov 2013 09:29

How to build a great social media team

A question I've asked myself personally - the Society team started as two people in 2011, it's now 12, so we ask this in one way or another pretty regularly. This is also a question clients wanting to build their own teams have regularly asked us.

By Daniel Pinch 5 Nov 2013 05:50

Multitasking - the myth

Tackling multiple tasks at once means faster results. Also, it's a great way to impress a boss. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'll bet 'good multitasker' appears on every CV you've ever sent. But the newest thinking is, however, that multitasking is actually a weakness, not a strength. (video)

By Tiffany Markman 30 Sep 2013 08:40

Direction counts towards success

Then there was life and a lot of opportunities and challenges that come with it. There are many moments of glory created by the perfect clash of either fate, luck, dreams and your efforts. And there are "damp" moments; cold, uncomfortable, less strong and less of what you would like.

By Katlego Ledimo 18 Sep 2013 14:00

Would you hire an entreployee?

In an employment landscape where the talent you need may be scarce, expensive, or otherwise occupied, how far will you go to find the right people to meet your organisational needs and objectives? How innovative are you?

By Cole Rautenbach 17 Sep 2013 07:06

Five questions that land clients

Often when it comes to marketing, we get fixated on the message that we want to transmit to potential clients and forget to actually listen to what our target audience actually wants from us.

By Donna Rachelson 3 Sep 2013 07:30

The marketing industry's secret weapon: Supplemental staffing

How to give your marketing team the skills it needs, when it needs them.

By Matthew Jankelow 29 Aug 2013 08:48

Increasing efficiency and employee wellbeing in a corporate workplace

MANCHESTER, UK: Labour costs are one of the biggest business expenses, so it makes sense to ensure your workers are as productive as they can be. Here are some steps you can take to achieve that.

By Julie Cheung 29 Aug 2013 05:43

Talent management and the death of the rigid 'job description'

High quality people are scarce in South Africa. A number of factors - from emigration and government mandates to poor education - are putting pressure on our talent, making it increasingly important to hold onto that handful of people who are your game changers.

By Rowan Belchers 28 Aug 2013 09:26

Integrated recruitment, a new era

Recruiters, in general, get a pretty hard time, and there's always a beating drum in the media signalling the end of the recruitment sector. We've been tossed onto the pile along with travel agents - the notion being that the growth of the web, social media and networking sites such as LinkedIn will hammer the nails into the coffin.

By Alex Martin 21 Aug 2013 09:23

The job status

South Africa is in a very difficult life cycle. We are in the inclination stage, where there are a higher number of jobs available, but a larger number of people needing those jobs.

By Katlego Ledimo 13 Aug 2013 15:34

The employee's guide to complaining

Employee complaints have a legitimate place in business, with some tempering needed - in some cases more than others.

By Catherine Milward-Bridges 31 Jul 2013 13:13

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