February 2014
Shine People Consulting
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2014.

After a challenging few years, with changing and volatile trading conditions, NZ economic indicators are on the up.   HSBC's  Chief Economist predicts that New Zealand will be the ‘rock star’ economy of 2014.    Business confidence is at it’s most confident in 20 years, with jobs and wages  predicted to rise.  The lowered unemployment rate is a key indicator of businesses reinvesting in their workforce. 

Taking your business to the next level  is about having the right people in the right seats.  This means taking a big picture approach to your workforce planning and talent management.  Recent research by Randstad highlights that 64% of companies expressed concern over gaps in their leadership pipeline.  For those businesses looking to grow or innovate in 2014 they need to address these concerns urgently.  Paul Robinson of Randstad suggests “organisations can’t effectively plan for the year ahead, let alone the next five years, if the right people aren’t in place. Identifying and attracting high performing employees and placing them in the right roles, especially in key leadership positions, will be critical in the early stages of 2014.”

Undertaking workforce planning will identify the future state people capability required to deliver on the business strategy,  along with the critical roles that need to be future proofed.  Ongoing talent mapping and  management will build the people pipeline to manage this risk.  A combination of buy (hiring) and build (internally developing) will ensure the mix of new blood and home grown expertise needed for growth and innovation.

In a competitive market where products, plant and equipment are a level playing field your one differing critical success factor is your people performance.  That’s what we specialise in at Shine People.  If you need support in any of this give us a call. 

If you have any questions on the stuff covered give me a call.  If you think others would benefit from receiving  Shin(e)-news, please forward this email to them so they can subscribe.

Denise Hartley-Wilkins
Shine People Consulting Ltd.

Useful stuff from the Shine blog

Why culture matters

Given a focus on strategy v. culture,  I've heard it said that 'culture eats strategy for breakfast".   Read on to find out more.

How to have a Courageous Conversation

A common issue that I find people leaders struggle with is having the 'honest conversation'.  Often avoidance is the outcome with the result that it spirals into something bigger.  Not helpful all round. To find out how to have a courageous conversation with skill   read on 

Upskill your People

Shine People designs and delivers practical courses and workshops that are aligned to your business needs.  We work with you to understand the business outcomes you are looking for and then customise our  courses to suit.  Designed specifically for the busy first line, middle and senior managers, sessions are practical, fun and participative, drawing on real life examples and participants own experiences. . 

We offer a range of full and half days courses to upskill your people in key areas; including:
Time Management: The art of working smarter
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Working with Change
Leading Change


Here’s what some of our satisfied customers say about our training

"Denise has proven to be a very capable and professional facilitator and educator for our business. She has helped our staff become proficient in concepts and skills that they were unfamiliar with and they now utilise these to add significant value to our business" .  Lees Seymour, Managing Director, Nelson Forests Ltd.

This course helped me to understand that I am more negative than positive about change. I also learnt that it is not the change that affects me but my personal transition.  By changing my thinking I can change how I respond to change". (Working with Change workshop)

“wonderful content.. knowledgeable presenter .. excellent session, would love to do more!" (customised Team Development workshop)

“Excellent workshop.  I will pin the flowcharts up at my workspace to help keep me on track." (Time Management workshop)

Check out the wide range of workshops we offer here

Other stuff we're reading or watching:

David Keane's book, The Art of Deliberate Success.  David spent spent five years studying the lives of ten successful people and concluded that the most successful did not seem very busy in their day-to-day lives.  He discovered that success has more to do with what you don’t do, rather than activity and achieving things. A user friendly read around mindset, tools, techniques and behaviors used by successful people.

Candidate Abuse.  Interesting article around tortuous and protracted multi-stage selection processes that candidates can go through.  Read more

.... and finally, for a bit of fun.  What do you get when you take a bunch of Swedish marines, let them loose to do their own thing.  This.  This is what  I call teamwork!    Swedish Marines You Tube

To have a further discussion about anything in this newsletter, or for a general chat about anything HR please feel free to contact  us at  Shine People.  We love to hear from you.
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