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Getting mergers of businesses right is dependent on planning – to ensure that you have the right target and to ensure that the marriage is a happy one. Here’s an article that will give you something to think about when planning your next business acquisition.

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Getting to know how your mind works is the first step in being a great leader. Knowing your level of emotional intelligence and working on improving it will help you be the leader that inspires others. Here’s an article to give you something to think about….

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Want to know how focusing on the “now” can be helpful in gaining higher emotional intelligence? Read about it in this article.

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Want to know how emotionally intelligent you are, here’s an article that may help.

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Need some advice in helping a shining star in your crew? Here’s an article that may help.

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Given any thought to brand “YOU”? If you haven’t, this article may help you find your Inner Elvis!

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Succession planning is starting to gain wider attention, particularly during this period of economic uncertainty. Companies are looking internally to make sure that they have everything in place to ensure the continuation of their business and are in the best possible position to grow once the global economy rights itself. Here’s a short article which may assist you with some initial thoughts on succession planning.

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Office romances require some consideration on the part of the managers. This article will help if you find yourself manaing staff who may be involved romantically….

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It is important to make sure that as a leader, you know the mood of your staff. Particularly in the down-time, you should do what you can to stay positive so that you are in the best position to capitalise when the economy returns to its growth stage. Click here for more.

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Ok, so you’ve passed the first hurdle of public speaking – there is an audience willing to hear what you have to say. The next hurdle is to hold their attention. Here’s a few tips which may help you do just that!

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Another important thing to consider when you are embarking on a “right-sizing” programme are those left behind. They will also be bearing the effects of staff rationalisation programs, but more than just through an increased workload. Click here for an article to help you understand the People & Change aspect of staff rationalisation programs.

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Continuing my last blog, a couple of people commented on their experiences with “right-sizing”. One of the themes that come out was “what happens next?”. I have written a short article about Leadership after the staff rationalisation program has been rolled out.

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I was reading recently that the advent of the staff rationalisation programs aren’t a thing of the past. Companies are still looking at cost-cutting across the globe. It got me to thinking – this more than most, should have a proper well thought-out process. I would value any thoughts/comments on the article I recently wrote to help you if you are looking at more “right-sizing”.

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We were all told early in our careers about how to network. But the world constantly changes, particularly recently with the global economic climate and the advent of social networking. As Executives, networking is a necessary tool of trade. I am interested in opinions about the top 5 networking tips for Senior Executives. I know that the tips will change depending on the nature of the business lines, the target audience and the cultural environment. But let’s put that aside for the purpose of this discussion.

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An article in the Sydney Morning Herald about taking risks and failing started me thinking. I believe that it is important to look for new ways to grow and to be relevant, which inherently means taking risks. But one way to avoid a major pitfall with innovation is to make sure you have the proper strategy to tackle the process to manage the project.

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According to a research conducted by CareerOne in their annual Hunting the (Hidden) Hunters publication (2011), overall job satisfaction throughout Australia is the lowest in the publication’s history at 49%. In these hard times, one simple thing we could do is just take the time to say thanks to our co-workers.

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It has become more and more apparent that the current Government is not showing any leadership skills. I am not commenting on their policies, just the lack of leadership shown in rolling them out. Being a leader is more than just being in charge. A leader should be aspirational and inspirational, whether you are leading a nation or leading a team of co-workers.

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It’s here! The ParamCo website has gone Live and we can’t be prouder of it and of the work put in by The Working Party in helping us realise this vision.

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