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I read a news article on the SmartCompany website last month ‘Unemployment rate hits 12-year high as SMEs struggle to hire in “rigid” IR system‘ that irritated me. I was irritated again when I read a similar article this week ‘Ai Group calls for Productivity Commission to make it easier to sack employees‘. What irritated me was the notion that when…

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This week I was alerted (thanks George) to this job ad for an Auckland-based VP of Global Marketing for a technology company called Vend. The second paragraph opens as follows: It’s also a f***ing great place to work, with a global team of 200+ smart, driven, creative people working in cities like Auckland, Melbourne, San Francisco, Toronto, London…

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The title of ‘Senior Consultant’ can be one that is thrown around like confetti in some recruitment agencies. I first became a Senior Consultant when I was twenty-three with about nine months recruitment experience. I think the only aspect that could be senior about me was that I was the second-most experienced person in the…

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Continuing my search to understand what underlies the decision making mistakes made by boards of large companies, I turned to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the preeminent educational body for public, private and not-for-profit company directors in Australia.   I collected a copy of the AICD Professional Development Handbook (July 2014 to June…

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