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In the field of learning and development, one of the most difficult skills to acquire, and do really well, is that of material development. However, the talented group of 9 candidates who learnt how to design and develop learning materials last week, rose to the challenge of preparing superb, outcomes based material, and called on all their subject matter experience, ... Read More »

ASDSA KZN Conference


Our CEO, Irene James, enjoying the company of L&D Specialists from Barloworld SmartMatta at the recent ASDSA KZN Conference, Sumesh Ramkrishen; Charlene Peens; Megan Rennie and Ruth Majola. Attending the annual ASDSA (Association for Skills Development South Africa) conference is like attending a family reunion. Learning and Development practitioners gather from all over the province to swop and share stories ... Read More »



Recently a group of 12 candidates from SACD (South African Container Depot) embarked on a learnership for Team Leaders (National Certificate: Generic Management). Dionysus Master Facilitator, Pat Pillay, remarked that the candidates are extremely excited, motivated and committed to the programme. Fortunately the group is watched over by a very supportive Human Resources Manager, Lauren Bonhomme, as well as a ... Read More »



One of the most hectic modules for the OD-ETDP level 5 learnership is the SDF module. Surprisingly, this group of SDF candidates still had the energy to smile after a very challenging and work intensive week of learning the important role and responsibilities of being an Skills Development Facilitator. Good job, team! Now go and apply your skills in the ... Read More »



Feedback is an essential communication skill. It helps you to manage your time; manage your energy; manage your relationships and, manage your resources. Supportive feedback allows you to give your opinion in a clear and precise manner, without causing any undue upset. It is a cornerstone of assertiveness. Supportive feedback can be used to correct behaviour or to encourage a ... Read More »

Ignoring Employee Morale Will Cost You. Here’s the Solution

Morale Boosters

Most entrepreneurs start their company trying to serve the best steak in town, offer the best massage or build the best product they can. That’s where their heart and passion is. But then they quickly realize that they have to recruit complementary talent to help turn that dream into reality. Not only do they have to learn how to motivate, ... Read More »

How Successful People Stay Productive and In Control

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TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track. Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to ... Read More »

7 Management Lessons From a 7-Time CEO

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The way I manage companies has always deviated philosophically from standard textbook practices. Yet, as CEO of my now-seventh company, I can cite many, many practical tips I wish first-time CEO Jack Sweeney — circa 1993 — had known in order to make better management decisions. Looking back at my 22 years of setting management direction, building teams and analyzing ... Read More »

8 Tough-Minded Traits That Assure Success


Tough-minded people have grit at their core. They are persistent and resilient in the face of failure, loss, success and challenge. They are committed. Whatever they pursue gets their full attention and nothing less. No amount of hard work is too much to capitalize on a worthwhile opportunity. Because of their commitment they feel no temptation to slack. They stay ... Read More »

The 8 Signs of a Bad Leader

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It’s an interesting conundrum. Say you’re a manager, a senior-level executive, or a human resources employee; your job is to be a leader, yes, but also to pick out leaders, to select who will be promoted, given extra responsibility, head up a project or team. How do you know who will make a great leader in a given circumstance? There ... Read More »

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