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7 Steps To Take When Starting Over After A Failure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karl Smith   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:37

success_through_failure_-_karl-_smith-networkingSuccessful people like to win and achieve high standards.

This can make them so terrified of failure it ruins their lives. When a positive trait, like achievement, becomes too strong in someone’s life, it’s on the way to becoming a major handicap. No one likes to fail.

Whether it’s at work, at home, or in another area of your life, failure is painful – and it can also be costly in terms of time, money or both. “But failing is a part of the game that is life”, says Karl Smith – author and founder of Business Networking South Africa.

Something which cannot be avoided.  Surprisingly, most people don’t talk openly about their failures. They’ll tell you about that great new contract they signed … not that deal they worked on for months, only to have it slip through their fingers.

“In dealing with the obstacles that faced me in designing and taking my first business networking training offering to market, I devoted myself to studying the lives of great people. It became my source of inspiration to pull through my darkest hours. I made an astonishing discovery that nothing great ever succeeded the first time,” Smith highlighted in reflecting on his own journey.  “It became clear that it was always after repeated failures, falls, frustrations, criticisms and self doubts that most of them arose to achieve greatness.”

Are You Ready to Lead? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karl Smith   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 00:00

Are You Ready to Lead? Tomorrow’s Leadership for Change and Transformation.

Leadership has always been more difficult in challenging times, but the unique stressors facing organisations throughout the world today call for a renewed focus on what constitutes genuine leadership. Current inquiries into corruption, fraud and other acts of deception and misappropriation in organisations in a number of countries questioned business leaders’ ability to build sustainable institutions instead of serving themselves and short-term shareholders.

Not surprisingly, the significant and very public ethical failures of leaders in business (and other organisations) over the past few years point to the need for a new approach to leadership to respond to the crisis.

News headlines continue with tales of public and private sector scandals - and malfeasance, involving leaders at the highest level. Shahied Daniels, CEO of The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) – one of South Africa’s largest accounting bodies said, “Clearly, not enough was learned from these corporate scandals. We therefore deemed it necessary to place the topic of leadership firmly on the agenda of our National Conference as part of its 30th Anniversary Celebrations.”

Business is relational PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 21:02

Building and maintaining relationships with colleagues, clients and all stakeholders is vital to business success.

As organisations get flatter and teams with their own unique expertise, insights and perspectives are brought together, building high performance work relationships require not just technical skills and hard work but also interpersonal skills. Whether at work, in business or even in life in general, we need to interact in person, get to know people and issues to get around more effectively.

We use interpersonal skills all the time and have been developing them ever since we were born. Whether you’re getting to know someone, making a request, giving instructions, dealing with conflict…every interaction with another person requires some level of interpersonal skill.

At the workplace, to be able to deal with all such different personalities and be accepted by all of them is what makes a person known for his or her interpersonal skills. We come up against challenging situations and people who don’t necessarily communicate or act in the same way as us.

Walking in Another's Shoes: The Key to High Impact Success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 20:51

What would the business world look like without the trait of human empathy? 

Let’s face it, as objective, rational and data-driven as we seek to make our organisational systems, the underlying truth is that all organisations are simply structured collections of those pesky subjective, unpredictable non-linear ‘systems’ that we call human beings. Empathy is undoubtedly the most important leadership skill of our times, because it gets us out of our linear machine-minds and right into the thick of the human experience.

And as organisations battle to survive in a struggling global economy, the ability to properly understand the deeper layers of humanity in ourselves, our employees and our customers will be essential for fostering a truly sustainable competitive advantage.

Most organisations have no idea just how much the absence of empathy costs them each year but the true price tag is evident in unnecessary litigation, absenteeism, grievances, conflict and interpersonal problems, customer service problems, poor collaboration, draining effort to get things done, hardly any innovation,  resistance to change, loss of intellectual capital etc.

Personal Excellence… Change: Adapt or Die PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 August 2011 10:08

Change is constant and today occurs quicker and more frequently than ever before.

With this in mind the importance of harnessing the power of change to create opportunities for growth and development cannot be ignored.

This training session aims to equip each individual with knowledge of how to cope with personal change and minimize the negative reactions to it – with a view to encouraging staff to become effective agents of positive change. The session can be tailored to meet the requirements of the audience and is therefore suitable for all staff members who are keen to understand the importance and benefits of effectively managing personal change. Book Karl to speak at your next conference


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