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Staff coaching is becoming an ever more important part of employers' strategy 

Effective coaching involves unleashing an individual's potential and expanding the capacity of employees to stretch and grow. This is extremely important in a country like South Africa, where differing levels of education and backgrounds may hinder finding the right skills.

Businesses today face countless challenges. The way they identify these challenges and bring them under control can be the difference between success and failure. While a company cannot control most external challenges, internal challenges can present opportunities to revitalise, inspire and stimulate both staff and the organisation itself. 

Women at the top still face prejudices

A new gender revolution is becoming the trending topic of this decade. After many predictions giving women hope that there is an end to the diminished value of women in leadership positions, the right of women to expect equal consideration for equal work is at the forefront of the new gender revolution.

According to Carol Sankar, founder of The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership, the women’s movement must be a collective movement. It should not focus on the select few women to advance and enter the holy portals of the “club” while others are left behind. The restraining factors must be identified for these issues to be addressed in any meaningful 

Learning agility is a must have for today’s business leader

When we consider the disruptive changes to traditional industries that lie ahead (in technology, autonomous cars, electric cars, insurance, real estate, electricity, 3D printing, health and longevity, Smart phones, agriculture, Bitcoin … ) if they have not already done so.

Businesses would be well advised to cultivate more agile leaders able to confront these challenges, which have the potential to wipe out whole industries.

Our world has become increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. To succeed in today’s world, we have no choice but to master our ability to adapt and learn and learning agility is one of the most important competencies for today’s leader. Learning agility is key to unlocking our ability to adapt. But what exactly is learning agility?

Effective coaching a business imperative

Effective couching involves unleashing the individual potential and expanding the capacity of employees to stretch and grow beyond self-limiting boundaries. This is extremely important in a country like South Africa, where differing levels of education and backgrounds may hinder finding the right skills.

Businesses today face countless challenges both externally and internally. The way they identify these challenges, face them and bring them under control can be the difference between success or failure.

While a company cannot control most external challenges, internal challenges can present the opportunity for a company to revitalize, inspire and stimulate both staff and the organisation itself. The question is: How do companies capture these opportunities and use it to their advantage?

Managing yourself in the workplace

Managing yourself in the workplace has become more critical than ever before, as the workplace is constantly changing it brings about unexpected or unwelcome ambiguity as well as a complex working environment.

However, develop the ability to engage in a powerful rather than powerless way is to develop the ability to manage yourself. This means managing both your emotions as well as the practical situations you experience.

Managing ourselves in a fast-changing world of work

Changes in the environment: in society, the economy, politics and technology mean that we will be faced with unexpected or unwelcome ambiguity and complexity in the workplace where we may believe that outcomes are out of our immediate control.

Equally, changes in the nature of work and in organisational structures have had a major impact on working roles and relationships. All these factors can lead to increased stress levels, lower tolerance of differences and conflicts between individuals, colleagues, teams or managers and subordinates.

To begin to engage in a powerful, rather than powerless, way is to develop the ability to manage yourself. This means managing both your emotions as well as the practical situations you experience.