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Your People and Cyber Security Risks

podcast May 17, 2022
People Powered Business
Your People and Cyber Security Risks
45:16
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 114 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we have a guest joining us, Michael Trimblett – Ethical Hacker and Small Business Cyber Security expert.
 
Today Michael shares with us his expert knowledge about how small businesses can and should be protecting themselves from cyber security risks, and what we need to know about where our risks lie.
 
Importantly Michael points out that people are our biggest risk points, and also that having the right people in terms of providers to support us is critical to protecting our businesses.
 
Michael was kind enough to share a number of resources with us, you can locate those here:
 
 
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Compliance Essentials That Could Save You Thousands

blog May 15, 2022

Keeping up with compliance obligations is one of the key pain points employers face, especially when there is such frequent change as we’ve seen with the recent review of Modern Awards, changes to casual definitions, introduction of annualised wage agreements into more Awards, the constant analysis of Contractors v’s Employees and consistent Superannuation increases. It’s no wonder it feels overwhelming for employers, especially small businesses who don’t have in house HR expertise keeping abreast of the changing industrial relations landscape for them.

 

So, I guess it comes as no surprise that many business owners stick their head in the sand when it comes to HR compliance, and hope that they manage to get by, flying under the radar from attention from the Fair Work Commission.

 

But sticking your head in the sand is literally the worst thing you can do, in fact doing that could cost you dearly. With infringement notices starting at up to $ 1 332...

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You Encourage What You Tolerate

podcast May 10, 2022
People Powered Business
You Encourage What You Tolerate
27:26
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 113 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we’re discussing something that I know is a constant challenge for business owners, leaders and manager alike – it’s setting and upholding boundaries.
 
We really aren’t great at it, and today we discuss some of the reasons for that, as well as why boundaries are so important and what type of boundaries you might want to put in place.
 
As Tom Landy says “You get what you demand, and you encourage what you tolerate” and the key message there is that it’s what we tolerate that becomes the challenge. When we tolerate performance, behaviour, or anything else that is not acceptable, we are only encouraging it to continue.
 
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You Are Encouraging The Behaviours You Tolerate

blog May 08, 2022

We all know the feeling, we’re losing sleep, we’re avoiding the person at work, we’re angry, frustrated and tearing our hair out. We have an employee who is not performing, or not showing up how we want them to at work.

 

We can’t always quite put our finger on the exact issue, it’s just not quite right, but it’s wrong enough to be consuming our time and attention. Or maybe it is more obvious, but we feel like we’re going over the top if we bring it up – we don’t want them to feel like we are micromanaging them or pulling them up for something that feels petty and insignificant (yet the fact that it’s consuming our time and attention does in fact mean that at some level it is significant to us).

 

So, we tolerate it, whether it’s behaviour, attendance, performance or something else, we tolerate it. We think maybe it’s not that much of a big deal, or maybe it’ll be short term, or surely they will...

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Why 46% of New Hires Fail

podcast May 04, 2022
People Powered Business
Why 46% of New Hires Fail
22:17
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 112 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we’re unpacking a staggering statistic – that is that 46% of new hires fail! That’s right – almost half of all new hires don’t make it through their first 18 months.
 
Now that’s a shocking number at the best of times, but in an environment where businesses have resorted to ‘panic hiring’ due to the lack of applicants in the market, it becomes even more concerning that there is a higher chance you’ll find yourself in this situation.
 
In today’s episode I share the 3 magic ingredients you need to ensure successful hiring decisions and be on the right side of the numbers. It really is this simple, and comes down to 3 key things:
  • Creating the right role;
  • Hiring at the right time;
  • Finding the right person, someone that has the skills, motivation and is a great fit.
 
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Why 46% of New Hires Fail

blog May 02, 2022

Did you know that up to 46% of new hires ‘fail’? That’s right – almost half of employees who start a role with a new employer don’t make it through 18 months (Leadership IQ).

 

Whilst it’s easy to conclude that obviously the applicant has misled us, lied in an interview, is not able to do what they promised or for some other reason the fault lies with them, is that really the case?

 

There is no doubt that making great hiring decisions is essential to creating the best possible team for your business, a team that is motivated, capable, productive and high functioning, but when we get the hiring decisions wrong, we are so often quick to look to others as the reason for this.

 

In an era where we are ‘panic hiring’ due to the lack of applicants in the market, a situation which is not likely to change in the short term, hiring the best person for the role can feel difficult, or...

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3 Ways to Create the Clarity Your People Crave

podcast Apr 27, 2022
People Powered Business
3 Ways to Create the Clarity Your People Crave
24:24
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 111 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we’re chatting about something that I was quite surprised I hadn’t already covered here on the podcast – clarity. When it comes to running a successful business clarity is absolutely king, but when it comes to our staff we sometimes aren’t so great at being clear. We fear that it makes us ‘mean’ or ‘bossy’ but actually clarity is what our people want.
 
When we aren’t clear with our people about what is expected from them, we are actually doing them a disservice.
 
Today I share with you 3 things you can do right now to create clarity for your team, and ultimately to help the business.
 
The first thing is to get clear on your organisational structure by doing the Clean Slate Exercise, you can check out more on that here.
 
 
 
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Create Clarity by Starting with a Clean Slate

blog Apr 26, 2022

As we grow our teams and our businesses develop, flex and change, we come to realise that what got us where we are, won’t necessarily get us to where we want to go. Sometimes this is true for some of our team as well. It’s completely normal, we fill gaps as we see them, but often without strategically considering how this fits with the future vision of the business.

 

In time we can feel overwhelmed and like we are spending our days managing people, which is the opposite of what we wanted to do when hiring a team.

 

At these times of growth, overwhelm and change gaining clarity is critical to being able to move forward and get to where want to be faster and more efficiently.

 

This is just one of the reasons I really believe in the value of a clean slate, and the clarity this can bring to understanding what you need in your team and how you can go about creating this mix, and potentially making positive change in your business.

 

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Why Curiosity is Your Secret Super Power

blog Apr 20, 2022

Were you like me, and one of those kids who would ask ‘why?’ all… the… time?

 

My parents must have lost count of the number of times I said ‘but why’ and kept asking and asking and asking until I had a satisfactory answer, and I quite often didn’t.

 

As young ones we are naturally curious, some more than others, but we all have a natural curiosity, and it seems that as we grow older, wiser, more experienced, we stop leaning into that curiosity. We become quicker to make assumptions, to assume we know the answer, to make educated guesses. That serves us well some of the time, but a lack of curiosity can also have its downside – we miss things, we miss the truth, we make false assumptions, and we make decisions based off half-baked information.

 

I first witnessed this fading in true curiosity when completing a major research paper for my university studies, when I was studying criminology and forensic psychology. We...

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Curiosity is Cool

podcast Apr 20, 2022
People Powered Business
Curiosity is Cool
17:04
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 110 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
 
 
Ok so today I admit this is slightly left field to last weeks technical episode, but it’s something I have noticed that not enough people are tapping into when it comes to their teams.
 
 
 
That is their superpower of being curious. We all have the super power, but we forget to use it, we forget how valuable it is, and yet it’s free, and at our disposal.
 
 
 
When we get curious we ask better questions, we have better conversations, we get better information and ultimately this enables us to make better decisions.
 
 
 
Without curiosity we make assumptions, we join non existent dots and even worse we become apathetic.
 
 
 
Today I share with you why curiosity is cool and how you can leverage the power of curious conversations with your team.
 
 
 
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