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29/4-10 at 23.42 Louise Metcalf
Guest Post: Dr David Rosete This is a composite case study of a few (unnamed!) organisations but reflects the reality of a great deal of change processes that took place during the GFC and, indeed, are still occurring. It seems that, increasingly, what was once HR's domain has become that of information technology (IT). In the last decade or so, IT seems to have taken over as the main architect of organisational change due to its strong link to work process and the ability of IT processes to control and create new behaviour. Here David relays an interesting experience of a real life organisation ...
29/4-10 at 23.37 Louise Metcalf
What do you think of someone who sees a serious Health & Safety issue and doesn't report it, even if they agree it's likely to result in serious injury or death? What if they fail to report it because they fear negative consequences personally?  It's actually pretty common, many people rationalise themselves out of doing the right thing based on self preservation, even though they realise it could mean terrible consequences for others or even someone's life. On the flipside there are many cases of people doing just the opposite, we usually refer to these folks as "Whistle-blowers" or, if their actions are ...
29/4-10 at 23.31 Louise Metcalf
I think most people know that I go to various folks for different types of mentoring for both my business and professional success. This has been one of the main reasons for my success. For instance, I have a research mentor, yes that's my PhD professor, and considering her background I could not have made a better choice, she's a genius and a hard worker too. I have a marketing mentor, a woman who has promoted some of the most impressive professional consultants in Australia. I have a sales mentor, a man ...
29/4-10 at 23.23 Louise Metcalf
Happiness is largely about good habits. That's pretty much word for word what I said in the last blog update about happiness, but that's because it's still true!   If you need a little extra boost to your happiness regime, why not try this...a few minutes a day will do wonders for your mental and physical well-being. Don't worry about being perfect, just give it a go!   1. Learn to live in the moment.   We just don't spend enough time in the here and now. We spend it in the future living in our dreams, or our fears, or we spend it in the ...
29/4-10 at 23.20 Louise Metcalf
One of the interesting things about all my consulting roles is that even if the PR for the consulting company started with a good message; "We help people in X way!" or something similar, eventually greed set in and it became more about financial targets. The real classic was the day I was told I couldn't help one organisation because "we don't get out of bed for less than x tens of thousands of dollars." I will never forget it because THAT was the day my heart broke! I had always thought Organisational Psychology was a noble profession, up until that ...
24/2-10 at 06.52 Louise Metcalf
"Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln I don't traditionally do Happy New Year messages. Not because I don't believe in them, it's just that everyone does them so it feels a bit...well...overdone! However, this year folks seem pretty keen for me to talk about happiness. Maybe it's because of the difficulties of 2009, but many seem more determined than ever to carve out a bit of happiness territory for themselves and I have to admit that I am cheering them on!  But ...
23/2-10 at 06.49 Louise Metcalf
See, now the funniest thing about that title is that at least one person out there thought I was actually auditioning to act with George Clooney in that movie about firing people: "Up in the Air"! But no! I am actually talking about leaders who seem to be doing that when they dismiss people. I haven't actually seen the movie, but have heard that the way that George fires people is not exactly kind or caring or ...
23/2-10 at 05.24 Louise Metcalf
I hope I am preaching to the converted when I say that you get engaged staff through meaningful work. I expect I am. But just in case...   There's now plenty of engagement consultants and researchers out there and the key finding they all have is that a good purpose, well sold, creates engaged staff (with additional industry and/or organisational dependent factors to create the perfect engagement equation for each organisation). But this is a problem, not a solution, for many organisations. What if you just create plastic chairs for instance? How do you parlay ...
22/2-10 at 07.35 Louise Metcalf
  I realised this weekend that there was no getting around discussing poor old Tiger Woods so here goes! Okay, let me first say that I have absolutely no interest in the fact that Tiger Woods had affairs or was/ is addicted to sex, I don't know if it's just me, but frankly, who cares? That was his personal choice about his personal life. Irrelevant to me. Or am I just jaded and too modern?? Or too much of a psychologist/ evolutionary realist?? You're welcome to argue! Let's, ...
22/2-10 at 06.11 Louise Metcalf
I recently had a long discussion with a few Org Psychs about Organisational Psychological Science and Practice in Australia and whether we were more than just business people. In fact, the question was whether we were Psychologists first and Organisational Scientists second. This is an important discussion these days as there is a piece of legislation slowly and quietly being passed in state parliaments around Australia. This legislation is endeavouring to make sure only classically trained psychologists can use the title of psychologist. Then, with extra training, ...