Proven Pathways to personal and organisational effectiveness
The Business of Life brings together the six timeless practices of organisational and personal effectiveness. While these practices are widely known, they’re rarely implemented well. Accordingly, the book aims to assist readers in applying these practices in order to create effective outcomes in both their personal and organisational life. A key theme throughout this book is the deep connection that exists between:
- self-leadership and organisational leadership
- self-management and organisational management
- inner dialogue and organisational dialogue
- personal learning and organisational learning.
While these connections are often implicit in the personal development literature, the authors draw upon six key practices to highlight the explicit nature of this connection – one that can drive both personal and organisational effectiveness.
The book will be an invaluable tool to readers interested in bringing about sustainable improvements in their working and personal lives. The references in each chapter draw on empirical studies, as well as recognised theories from leading authors and practitioners over the last half century and focus on ‘what’s true’ – rather than ‘what’s new’. This is a back to basics book that will appeal to new and seasoned business professionals alike.
“…. I’m very impressed with The Business of Life. Not only is it based on sound theory, research and proven practices, but it shows how normal people like you and I can implement the practices both within our organisations and in our daily lives. I know of no other book that merges the world of work and the world of life, so well.”
Bob Selden, Author: ‘What To Do When You Become The Boss: How new managers become successful managers’ and ‘Don’t: How using the right words will change your life’.
Leadership at Work
Leadership at Work is a culmination of thirty years’ experience and covers the essentials of leadership and management practice.
The reader is shown the common sense – but not common practice – tools and techniques to bring about organisational improvement. The first four chapters focus on the needs for any organisation to set corporate direction, simplify the organisation structure, clarify roles and create an improvement culture.
The middle chapters give the reader the simple but valid and tested “how to’s” of implementing leadership and management techniques, including recruitment and selection, managing performance, developing teams, solving problems and resolving conflict.
The final three chapters focus on the ideal organisation of the future, succession planning and how to bring about productive change.
The book itself is based on the author’s highly successful eight-day ‘Leadership at Work’ development program, which has been conducted more than one hundred times in all states of Australia, New Zealand as well as Europe and Asia. Many of the course participants requested that the course be turned into book form. This is the book!
A guide for new managers and small to medium business owners about managing staff
A plain English, practical reference guide for first time managers, HR graduates, small to medium business owners and those wanting an understanding of HR processes and what to do to implement a basic HR structure in an organisation in Australia.
Written in a conversational tone to ensure the audience is engaged and not intimidated; this reference guide is written in four parts, with headings and subheadings to make finding a section again easy.
Each Part is finished with a Summary section, and a Further Reading section with a small number of additional reference texts offered to the reader to further their understanding of the Part.
The four parts of this guide are as follows:
Part I – Compliance: An overview of the current industrial relations framework in Australia.
Part II – HR Processes: Covers the HR processes in detail, commencing with Recruitment, concluding with Exit Interviews when staff leave employment and covers everything in between.
Part III – Outside Influences: Covers other parties, legislation and concerns that influence the HR function, including Unions, Occupational Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental concerns, how they all impact on the employment relationship, and how to best work with them all.
Part IV – Beyond Merely HR to OD: Begins to bring in some of the concepts that should be on every businesses agenda once the HR Processes have been implemented successfully.
About the authors:
Robert Re has been working in the field of personal and organisational development for many years and involved in workplace change and work-life improvements since 1977. As Human Resources Manager of two large regional manufacturing companies, he successfully introduced major organisational cultural change initiatives. Since establishing his own consultancy business in 1987, Robert has worked on various projects with a diverse range of organisations in every state of Australia and has presented his popular ‘Leadership at Work’ program in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Italy and New Zealand.
Allan Meers commenced business life as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Scotland, before developing an interest in personal and organisational systems. He began working with Robert Re in 2013, providing support for workshops such as Leadership in Life, How to Explore your Life Purpose and Resetting your Life Compass.
Belinda Fyffe is an experienced Human Resources professional specialising in helping small to medium business owners work with their teams to get better performance. Her book is a resource guide which outlines the Australian Industrial Relations Framework in plain English, and allows a small business owner to understand their obligations under employment legislation, and then to take the next step, to enhance employment relationships to build their business to the next level.