By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. It is not about managing faceless employees anymore, but self-directed individuals. It is not about just logic and structure anymore, but emotional intelligence. It is not about isolated offline processes anymore, but syncronised digital solutions. Individualism, emotionality and digitalisation are the driving forces of renewed organisational design. How does this affect…Read more The dangers of hiring an empath
By guest author Adv. Lukas du Preez. We are currently being bombarded ad nauseam with almost nothing but bad news in South Africa: extreme poverty experienced by a great portion of our citizens; horrendous crime statistics; low economic growth; continued corruption; lack of political morals; and the list goes on. Unfortunately, the reality of much of…Read more Settling for peace: A way out for South Africa?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Conflicts are great. Without conflict, there is no growth. Every conflict is an opportunity to get to know ourselves better. Are you in a battle with someone at work right now? Or have you just recovered from a fight with someone close to you? Peace is not about preventing conflict. It…Read more The dark side of peace: 9 ways to cope in conflict
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. I’m sorry, are these numbers right? I’m not 100% sure, I hate numbers. One of the non-threatening leadership strategy tips for women, advertised in the latest The Cooper Review post. It got my blood boiling. Don’t take me wrong, I love their sarcastic sense of office humour – and as Holly…Read more Do you climb the mountain to be seen, or to see?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. In 1987, the Kosovo conflict set off the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia consisted of six republics whose borders were drawn along ethnic and historical lines after the Second World War: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. Serbia was further split into two…Read more Is it smart to prevent conflict?
How social media policies and guidelines need to be part of your workplace culture in order to prevent brand damaaging and cyber bullying
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. She has been sitting in the shade of the papaya tree for almost an hour when I walked up to her. I sat down, and in typical New Guinean fashion, we didn't start speaking immediately, but first felt each other's presence. We greeted each other, and I asked what she was…Read more Reduce conflict through processes: start, end, repeat, improve, share
A workplace governed by rules only creates more conflict, disputes and fear. Values however instill growth, participation and a sense of community. A company handbook that explains the core values is one way to cement a value-driven workplace.