Developing the human resources in your company is about so much more than formal training, says HR expert, Andrew Jones. It is about challenging your employees and letting them reflect. Mentoring and monitoring them. And encouraging them to practise slow thinking.
Fast thinking is a good thing. Right? You are a success, if you think fast and make swift decisions. We speed date, speed walk and speed dial. In a culture of speed, it seems like the main criteria for success is how fast we get things done.
Well, tables are turning, and just like in the tale of the race between the hare and the tortoise, what’s fast off the line isn’t necessarily the fastest across the finishing line. Quick decisions are necessary sometimes, of course, but often they turn out less accurate and less helpful. Slowing down certain parts of the process can help you think better.
Do you consider that chit-chat before a negotiation unimportant? Think again! You can gain much more from that informal conversation than one might think – and get a better deal in the end.
Some people find it easy to small talk. Like it’s the most natural thing to share a point of view on any topic that arises. For other people the mere idea of opening a conversation with a stranger gives them a crumbling sensation. The concept of talking about things that has nothing to do with the business seems worthless to these people.
The nature of change is such, that it comes from the outside – and simply because of that, no one likes it. So, what is the best way to handle changes? The key is involvement.
No one likes to be changed. Period. Even if the change will benefit us in the end, we as human beings are just not comfortable with the uncontrollable situation that a change brings.
Are your employees seeking opportunities outside of your company? Or have you become complacent and bored? The challenges facing managers today are changing alongside an increasingly data driven approach to business development and an ever more transient workforce. In this guide, we will lay out the challenges facing managers today and what to do about it.
Paul Wakefield is the regional director at WRS – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. With 13 years in the industry he shares his insights into the challenges facing managers today and the signs that they need to upgrade their business skills.