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6 Thinking Hats: Praise & Criticism


The six thinking hats is Edward de Bono’s most well known model. It is a problem-solving technique used to explore topics, improve the quality and efficiency of decisions, and generate new ideas by examining an issue from a number of different angles.

Sep 14, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: The Peter Principle


The Peter Principle is named after Laurence J. Peter, a psychologist and professor of education, who co-authored the 1969 book entitled “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong,” with Raymond Hull.

Aug 1, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- General Business- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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When Your Job Wants to Break Up With You


Like the toy characters in Pixar’s animated film series Toy Story, imagine what our jobs would say about us when nobody is around. Better yet, imagine being able to have conversations with all the jobs in your company. What would they say?

Jul 25, 2015

Topics: Human Resources

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In a Nutshell: Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

The “hire for attitude, train for skill” motto is originally attributed to Herb Kelleher, one of the co-founders of US-based Southwest Airlines. When Kelleher became chairman in 1978, he charged the People Department (aka HR) with the responsibility of hiring people with a sense of humour.

Jul 12, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- Recruitment & Selection- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: The 80-20 Rule (Pareto Principle)


The 80/20 rule or Pareto principle is named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who discovered in the early 1900s that (among other things) 80% of the income and wealth in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.

Jun 23, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: 8-Step Change Model (Kotter)


“Leading Change” (1995) is a seminal work in the field of organisational change and leadership by Harvard Business School professor John Kotter. It is considered by many to be a must read for anyone involved in change management.

Jun 1, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- Change & Transformation- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: PERMA Model of Positive Psychology


The PERMA Model was first introduced by Martin Seligman, one of the founders of the positive psychology movement, in his 2011 book "Flourish." Seligman is a highly respected figure in the field of psychology. As a former President of the American Psychological Association, he is known for his theory of “learned helplessness,” among other contributions.

Apr 14, 2015

Topics: Psychology- Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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HR News & Opinion Roundup


A selection of 10 of the most popular and thought-provoking HR opinion pieces as well as news, research and ongoing developments in the field of HR that you may have missed in the last couple of months from both Australian-based and international blogs and websites...

Mar 5, 2015

Topics: Human Resources

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