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A couple of weeks ago, daily news service, HR Daily, published a summary of the recent Profiles International publication Australia’s Most Productive Companies 2010. The report is a summary of recent research (150 of Australia’s public companies) into the factors that drive high revenue per employee. Further research, including interviewing executives within each high-performing company,…

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So what do employers really want in an employee? Well the government thinks they have the answer and amazingly, I believe they’ve got it pretty right! How do I know? In my recent research I found this great publication, Australian Jobs 2008, which is prepared by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations. Page 26…

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In last week’s InSight lead article, ‘Skills Shortage: The Sequel’, I highlighted the recent flurry of publicity in the mainstream media about the skills shortage. Contrary stories have also made the news. Recruitment industry veteran, Bob Olivier, made headlines in the AFR (Friday 23 July, 2010, page 46) by stating he believed the skills shortage…

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Last week I was fortunate to be alerted (via Twitter) to a great article from FORTUNE (Why Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin) and I was given a fascinating book written by Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success, Penguin Group, 2009).     Both the article and the book examine successful people and they…

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My editorial in last week’s InSight about the attendance at the RCSA Consultant Forum, generated plenty of positive email traffic for me as well as a phone call from the CEO of one of the ‘big players’ who wasn’t too thrilled about what I had written in that article.     We had a frank…

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