Cognitive assessment: understanding and leveraging intellectual capital

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 14, 2015

“In the past, ‘human potential’ was an empty catch phrase in the face of such stultifying concepts as ‘general intelligence’. No longer is it the case that IQ is destiny.” – Neil Lightfoot  For those who focus on People management it is important to understand the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of people, their strategic orientations,…

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Keys to People Management: culture, values and potential

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 10, 2015


“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” Lawrence Bossidy, GE The management of people has to be aligned to an organisation’s business strategy and is meant to contribute to its overall effectiveness. Talent management…

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A new perspective on performance appraisals

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 4, 2015

The effectiveness of performance appraisals has been widely criticised for its shortcomings such as being unnecessarily complex and inefficient, not being able to accurately evaluate or enhance employee performance and not being effectively used as a tool to build capacity within organisations. Many organisations are therefore discarding the practice altogether as it is not always…

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7 ways to future-proof your professional reputation

By Lorette Theron on December 1, 2015

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffet We have all heard that one should absolutely never cry at work or lose our cool. Given the pressure prompted environment we work in, having an emotional meltdown in…

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Business and HR trends reshaping organisations

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 26, 2015

Global trends in the world of work are having a fundamental impact on how business executives and HR respond to the current and future human capital requirements. The following trends may fundamentally reshape the way we work as well as how the global workforce is sourced, organised and managed: Technology Technological advancements and social media…

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Creativity as a means to sustainable competitive advantage

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 25, 2015

Business leaders and HR practitioners are recognizing the importance of creating organizations with a competitive advantage. Since the key strategic differentiator in the growing global economy is creativity, a constant stream of creative ideas are required to drive this agenda. According to Herbert Simon, a Nobel Prize winner for his work in thinking and decision…

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The war for talent – finding it

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 20, 2015

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins, Good to Great The term “war for talent” has been coined by Steven Hankin in 1997 and been addressed in a number of publications on the increasing competitiveness of talent recruitment, recruitment and retention. “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No…

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Cultivating a smarter workforce through talent development and leadership training

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 16, 2015

“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage in the future.” – Arie De Geus, former Head of Planning, RoyalDutch Shell In order to implement effective talent development and leadership training, the organization should identify it as a strategic priority which is anchored in organizational strategy. The aim is…

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Youth in the Workplace

By Gillian Sadler on June 2, 2015

Generation Y Born between the 1980’s and 1990’s. Roughly 18 – 34 years old now. Tech savvy individuals, born to Baby Boomers and also known as the Millennials. Often labelled as egotistical, lazy, non-committal, arrogant, unrealistic and entitled. This is not very pleasant to read, especially if you are a Millennial, and worrisome to employers….

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8 reasons you should use psychometrics in your company.

By Shaun Geertshuis on May 20, 2015

It is not always clear why businesses should use assessments and all the benefits a company can get out of assessment results. Testing is a specialised role, which forms a crucial part of the larger HR objective – although testing professionals and HR personnel do not always see the bigger picture, possibilities or potential symbiotic…

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What Leaders Need Most

By Cognadev on April 29, 2015

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ― C.G. Jung It may feel as if we heard it all already. The topic of successful leadership has been approached from what seems like every possible perspective. Looking through google search, one can find countless articles on what…

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The Dark Side of Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life

By Lorette Theron on April 7, 2015

In my last blog, It’s not on top, it’s inside!, I discussed the benefits of having or developing Psychological Capital. However, the journey to the positive side is not always that rosy.  The field of Positive Psychology has received great media attention , large corporations started implementing strengths development, and universities opened research departments solely focusing on…

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Psychological Effects: Loss Aversion

By Shaun Geertshuis on March 11, 2015

Loss aversion is a psychological effect in which people strongly prefer avoiding losses rather than acquiring gains. It is an irrational effect on behaviour, which leads us to weigh the potential of loss as more important. This leads to the avoidance of risk, even if there is a high potential for gain. It also leads…

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Tolerate to Celebrate!

By Gillian Sadler on February 11, 2015

‘Diversity tolerance’ is a concept we are very familiar with and the aspects that usually pop into our heads when we think about this are race, gender and perhaps disability and age. However, moving away from these ever present diversity issues, have we given much thought to the fact that diversity is, well, much more…

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Do It The Mindful Way

By Cognadev on January 28, 2015

It is clearly an understatement to say that we live in the world of constant goal-setting and drive to achieve. The success is measured by the amount of things we do. At the end of the day we proudly tick off the items from our never-ending ‘to-do’ list. And since the list is forever expanding,…

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It’s not on top, it’s inside!

By Lorette Theron on January 14, 2015


Psychological Capital: An easy way to tap into your personal wealth We are so often reliant on external resources in order to be successful in our jobs.  We blame the economy, power supply, economic policies and job scarcity for our inability to be promoted or find opportunities to excel. What we don’t realise is that…

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