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Susi Astengo

With over 20 years of International HR consulting experience, Susi Astengo, MD of CoachMatching, is well placed to discuss human capital strategies with a deep understanding from both a business and an HR perspective. 

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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. 

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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 

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Cultivating resilience in a company is a good return on investment

Stress and burnout related to the increasing pace and intensity of work are on the rise globally.
 
A survey of over 100 000 employees across Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America found that stress, anxiety and depression in employees accounted for 82.6% of all emotional health cases in Employee Assistance Programmes in 2014, up from 55.2% in 2012. This is a hefty increase and indicative of our current constantly connected, “always- on”, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are widespread. It is also a major cause for concern as stress directly affects work performance.
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Employee stress, burnout on the rise internationally

Stress and burnout related to the increasing pace and intensity of work are on the rise globally.  A survey of over 100 000 employees across Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America found that stress, anxiety and depression in employees accounted for 82.6% of all emotional health cases in Employee Assistance Programmes in 2014—up from 55.2% in 2012.  This is a hefty increase and indicative of our current constantly connected, “always- on”, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are widespread.  It is also a major cause for concern as stress directly affects work performance.

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Accommodating Millennials is crucial for corporate performance

The term “Millennials” refers to the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.  They are also known as Generation Y because they come after Generation X—people who were born between the early 1960s and the 1980s.  Irrespective of what they might be called, the fact is that Millennials are the fastest growing generation in the global workforce today.

A PwC research report “Millennials at Work—Reshaping the Workplace” reveals that by 2020, 50% of the global workforce will be made up of Millennials.  By the same token, a study released by Catalyst points out that by 2020, 50% of South Africa’s population will be younger than 25 years old and organisations may face a talent shortage if not a labour shortage if they do not take cognisance of these facts.

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7 steps to engaging Millennials that will boost corporate performance

Millennials are a different breed and need to be treated differently.  Primarily what attracts them is a mix of creative genius and a constant challenge to excel in their fields—underlining their quest for “a life less ordinary.” They want to work for a meaningful purpose and need to be offered a stimulating, empathetic company where accommodating them results in a flexible and tolerant work environment.

The term “Millennials” refers to the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.  Sometimes referred to as Generation Y, they are the fastest growing generation in the global workforce today. A PwC research report “Millennials at Work—Reshaping the Workplace” reveals that by 2020, 50% of the global workforce will be made up of Millennials.  By the same token, a study released by Catalyst points out that by 2020, 50% of South Africa’s population will be younger than 25 years old.

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Do women rule the world?

THIS Women’s Month we would do well to remember the words of Nelson Mandela who said: "As long as outmoded ways of thinking prevent women from making a meaningful contribution to society, progress will be low. As long as the nation refuses to acknowledge the equal role of more than half of itself, it is doomed to failure."

More than half of itself — therein lies the challenge.

There is a growing body of evidence showing that women are equally and in some instances more effective leaders than men.

Research by the Institute for Inclusive Security, a think-tank focused on women’s contributions to peace-building, has shown women are more open to "collaboration across ideological lines and social sectors".

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