April 01, 2006 | 0 comments
Developing a powerful corporate culture is crucial for senior managers. How do you lead an organisation through change while plotting a course for the future? Derek Parker looks at two leaders who have, in different ways, tackled the issue... and won. Kerry Sanderson CEO, Fremantle Ports
April 01, 2006 | 0 comments
What could possibly go wrong whilst managing a franchise of a proven brand or service? Plenty. Chris Sheedy discovers that success is all about having the right attitude. Gary Harley would love to employ male aerobics instructors at his three Fernwood Women's Health Clubs in Victoria, but the franchisee is not able to do so as the franchisor's rules of compliance don't permit this. It's a small blip in an otherwise harmonious relationship between him and his franchisor, but Harley believes it's an example of one of the major issues facing franchisees.
March 01, 2006 | 0 comments
Riding the Part-time Wave As part-time and casual work become a reality for many Australians, managers are feeling compelled to respond effectively to the needs and demands of this section of the workforce. Bina Brown reports. The challenge of keeping a motivated and happy workforce, despite inadequate hours or infrequent work, calls for fresh thinking and a flexible and varied style of management.
March 01, 2006 | 0 comments
A company's culture can be its best asset. When it's more than just hype it can inspire and empower staff to take the business to great heights, writes Gillian Bullock Corporate culture is the hidden force that shapes behaviour. It's like gravity, you can't see it, but you can feel its pull. Every company has a culture that drives the way its employees behave. When a new person joins an organisation they will adapt to the prevailing corporate culture in order to assimilate with their fellow workers.
March 01, 2006 | 0 comments
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that, by 2020, depression will be the world's second biggest health problem behind heart disease. What does this mean for your workplace? Penny Sutcliffe reports. Depression is shaping up to be one of the most serious challenges confronting the modern workplace. It costs the Australian economy about $4.3 billion in lost productivity each year. Economic studies indicate that an employee's undiagnosed depression can cost the organisation nearly $10,000 a year.
March 01, 2006 | 0 comments
Developing a positive point of difference into workplace culture is a complex issue. Penny Sutcliffe interviews two leaders who have built cultures in different sectors of the marketplace. Restructure, change management, new strategies, mergers, acquisitions, resignations, new managers on board - just some parts of the corporate merry-go-round that often demand a reassessment of "company culture". Yet a change at the top does not automatically instil any new values into other members of a team.
March 01, 2006 | 0 comments
They are leaders in business. In the second of a two-part feature, Management Today quizzes two outstanding Australian entrepreneurs on the factors behind their remarkable rise. By Cameron Cooper Jim Zavos Founder of EzyDVD As the leading man in the booming EzyDVD business, Jim Zavos admits he has at times found it hard to forfeit his starring role. Set up about six years ago to tap into the transformation of the home-movie market from videos to DVDs, Zavos says he was used to doing it all.
February 01, 2006 | 0 comments
Skills shortages, workers with new lifestyles and priorities, and a lost work ethic and loyalty factor mean that managers have to revise their hiring practices. Jane Cherrington reports. It makes sense to put more effort into hiring when one in five employees turns out to be a bad hiring decision, according to a recent global study.
February 01, 2006 | 0 comments
They are at the top of their game in business, turning small, backyard operations into world-class enterprises. What are their secrets? What drives them and their businesses? In the first of a two-part feature, Management Today talks to three outstanding Australian leaders and entrepreneurs. By Cameron Cooper Jim Penman Founder of Jim's Group In the early phase of his burgeoning gardening business, Jim Penman gave his franchisees a strange option - feel free to leave, take your clients and set up another business if you please.
February 01, 2006 | 0 comments
Anybody can advertise, but for a true "money-can't-buy" marketing experience, sponsorship is the way to go. Chris Sheedy reports.

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