Are you a leader at work?

1. Be accountable for your decisions If you want to be a leader at work, learn to take responsibility for everything that you were involved in – that means the successful projects as well as the failures. If you’ve made a mistake, admit to it and move on. Hopefully you’ll learn from your mistakes. 2.

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6 Mistakes you’re making before your interview

Getting an interview can feel like a massive achievement, especially in today’s job market. And the fact that you have an interview means that they like you enough to see you. To get the job, avoid making these six mistakes. 1. You haven’t researched the company.Interviewers know when a candidate has done their research and

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SA Companies affected by new financial reporting standards on financial instruments

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) notes that profitability, liquidity, key financial ratios and headline earnings of most companies will be affected by the new financial reporting standard on financial instruments (IFRS 9 – Financial Instruments). The long-awaited standard on financial instruments will not only affect financial institutions, but companies from all sectors

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How to unblock the SA economy

  Picture: THINKSTOCK THERE is no way to dress it up — 0.6% growth after a quarter of contraction means South Africa is squandering its potential. Three of the country’s leading economic thinkers discuss what can be done. Kevin Lings, chief economist at Stanlib The government could embrace the concept of “ready-to-go” projects —infrastructure-related projects

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Moderate growth staves off recession

SOUTH Africa’s economy has narrowly avoided a recession, posting modest growth of 0.6% in the second quarter, causing business to call on the government to create an “appropriate environment” for investment that will create jobs and grow the economy. The slight recovery comes after the economy contracted 0.6% in the first quarter and as the

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4 Things Your Employees Are Desperately Trying To Tell You

When it comes to the roles of the office, managers talk and employees listen. Right? In many situations, that’s true. Managers give instructions, provide coaching, and convey department and individual goals. But listening as a manager is just as important. Listening is your key to finding out what makes your employees excited to come to

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Are Different Skills Required For Senior Executives?

A few weeks ago we were asked to analyze a competency model that had been created by a client. The assumption of their model was that as leaders move up to higher levels in the organization, some competencies become more important. For example, in their model they proposed that a lower level manager should focus

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New university to be Africa’s ‘rival to Harvard’

HIGH school graduates in South Africa and the rest of the continent will soon have an additional university choice as a network of 25 pan-African universities, aimed to rival the likes of Harvard and Yale, is due to come on stream. The first campus will open in Mauritius next year, says Fred Swaniker, co-founder of

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4 Talks to have with your new boss

You’re starting a new job – great! But in order to succeed you have to know what your boss expects from you. Here are four things you should discuss with your boss as soon as possible. 1. Why did I get the job? Of course you were probably the most qualified from all the other

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Entrepreneurship – the long-term solution to unemployment

PRETORIA: Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the long-term solution to South Africa’s unemployment crisis is to create a nation of entrepreneurs and not a nation of job-seekers. Image:www.freedigitalphotos.net “South Africa is a youthful country. The long-term solution to the nation’s unemployment crisis is to create a nation of entrepreneurs, and not a nation

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Six ‘must haves’ for the new age executive

 The world of work is rapidly changing around us, ideas and technologies that were once considered fads and ‘nice to haves’ – are now edging their way to the fore front of how businesses grow – and for a large number of organisations, defining the very culture and values of the working environment. Traditional business

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Body language matters during an interview

An interview is your first meeting with your potential employer; it’s an opportunity for you to shine and prove that you’re the person they’re looking for. Many candidates know the basics for a good interview like researching the company before hand and asking questions to show interest in the position, but how much do you

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CUTTING THROUGH THE COMPLEXITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY FINANCE FUNCTION

Whilst the core activities of the accounting process remain identification, measurement and reporting, today’s fast-paced and dynamic business environment has meant that the methods of delivery have changed significantly. Gone are the days of the simple double-entry accounting system. The modern financial manager has to find ways of successfully navigating not only the ever fast-moving

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‘Stubborn’ jobless rate hits six-year high

  People: Gill Marcus SOUTH Africa’s unemployment level reached a six-year high in the second quarter — adding weight to warnings that joblessness will plague South Africa for a long time if measures to grow the economy are not implemented immediately. Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus warned last week that high unemployment would persist if the

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17 Ways To Be Indispensable At Work

Job security is a serious concern for so many employees in today’s workforce. Knowing that so many positions are being outsourced, cut, or revamped, for instance, makes it especially difficult to believe that anybody’s job is completely safe, says Rita Friedman, a Philadelphia-based career coach and resume writer. “But in any workplace, you’ll still find people

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How to make top quality connections when networking

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee looking to make connections with substance, these tips will help you to make better connections when networking. Choose common grounds Be focused when you’re at an event. Don’t try tonetwork with every person there. Identify the people who think like you and are interested in similar things as you are. Try

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Desk job? Find out how to stay healthy

Desk jobs don’t have to equal weight gain and bad posture. Follow these top tips to ensure your body stays healthy. Take the stairs If you work in a building that allows you to take the stairs instead of the elevator, do it, and if you work on the 22nd floor, consider taking at least

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