Superpower skills every employee needs to succeed

Sandra Olivier - Friday, May 27, 2016

supermanSuperpowers and a secret lairs full of gadgets may be beyond reach, but there is much to learn from our superhero friends when it comes to our career and the workplace. Every kid wants to grow up to be a superhero. It’s the ultimate dream. Being able to fly, have super vision, conjure fire, fight the bad guys, and save the world would be the absolute coolest job in the world. Although you may not have these exact superpowers, there are a number of ways you can draw upon these heroes for guidance when it comes to your career.

Every superhero needs a team
No (super)man is alone in their battle to face the evil forces. Batman has Alfred, Spider-Man has Aunt May and Flash has Dr. Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon. Every workplace hero needs a support team, whether that's a mentor, manager or a colleague to help you brain storm ideas.

It’s important to be flexible and understand the strengths and weaknesses of each team member in order to deliver on your objectives. One of the benefits of strong teamwork in the workplace is that team leaders and members become adept at dividing up tasks so they are done by the most qualified people.

Staying Calm
You might not be faced with monsters, metahumans, aliens or evil men wanting to destroy mankind, your planet or your city but the reality is that today's business world is a place of constant pressure and complexity. To be successful and take the next step in your career, we can't ignore or run away from stress. We need to learn how to thrive within it and the better you are at handling the fire, the easier time you'll have moving up on the career ladder.

Research have shown that people who welcome the challenge of a crisis and rather see it as an exciting challenge, perform far better than those who try to force themselves to be calm. Staying composed, focused, and effective under pressure are all about your mentality. People who successfully manage crises are able to channel their emotions into producing the productive behaviour that they want.

Everyone should be a good negotiator. Truth be told, Batman and Superman could do with some training in negotiation skills as they always end up in some epic battle or dual with an arch enemy.  

Being able to negotiate effectively helps you reach agreements, achieve objectives, get along better with people, and ultimately be more productive and successful on the job. People often think negotiation is just about a method of getting their way. But it's much more than that. It's really all about how we get along with other people. By focusing on the needs of the other side, each party can get more of what they want and there is simply a bigger potential pie for everybody.

Ethics & Wisdom
Spiderman is one of those superheroes who tends to go against villains who are, in their own ways, more powerful than he is. But he does so anyway, because it doesn't matter that he's likely to lose; what matters is that people need saving, and he is the one called to save them. Recognizing the responsibilities power brings is one step in being a superhero; but the responsibilities required by our powers have more to do with our use of those powers.

These days the news reports of corruption and misplaced work ethics have become common. It started with the 2008 financial crisis and recession that has since tested people's faith in business leaders. Recently revelations around the Panama Papers highlights this once again.

Good ethics make good business sense. Every company stands to profit from a reputation for acting with honesty and integrity. The same can be said for your career. Having a reputation for excellence and being thought of as someone who exhibits professionalism under any circumstances can open doors for you either in the workplace or in your personal ambition.

If you need assistance in understanding and identifying the superpowers you have to help you succeed in your career. We can assist. Communicate Personnel is a candidate-focused recruitment agency: our primary intention is to create a lifelong connection with our great candidates.

Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, contact us. Communicate Personnel can connect you with Top Employers while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal.  

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International Cooperation on Taxpayer’s Affairs

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

tax word cloudThe hidden wealth of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians and celebrities has been revealed by an unprecedented leak of millions of documents that show the countless ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.

Already in 2014 former president Thabo Mbeki reported that according to estimates Africa loses $50bn a year in government revenues to creative accounting, often involving tax havens.

However, it took the now famous “Panama Papers” to put the topic of tax on the global agenda. Tax authorities in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the UK have already said they will be looking into allegations of tax evasion and money laundering resulting from the leak of the confidential data. The ripple effect of the release of the Panama Papers is likely to have a big impact on the global financial community as a whole.

The reality is that globalisation has impacted the way in which we do business and dramatically increased cross-border financial activities. This places a greater emphasis on the need for increased collaboration between tax authorities to curb tax evasion and to ensure fair allocation of taxes according to jurisdictions.

Unfortunately some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and multinational companies, able to afford ingenious lawyers and accountants, have figured out ways to avoid paying enormous amounts of taxes using tax havens.

If these individuals pay less in taxes, it has two very negative consequences. First, it leads to wealth inequality because it is so easy for them to accumulate more wealth and remain at the top of the wealth distribution. It also means that for a majority of the population it is very difficult to accumulate more wealth, because the taxes that are evaded at the top have to be compensated for through higher taxes for the rest of us.

Recently the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed a Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for the automatic exchange of information relevant to tax. Over 50 jurisdictions have agreed to comply with the CSR, including South Africa, a positive step for all on this issue.

Industry players say that over the next couple of months we will see even more initiatives to crack down on traditional tax havens. But some of these plans could take years to implement because of the time it takes to negotiate tax treaties and amend domestic laws. One thing is for sure tax has suddenly become a hot topic and it will be interesting the developments around tax and tax havens over the next couple of months.

The tax industry and especially international tax is currently an exciting field to work in. We know it is not always easy to find the right finance candidates especially in the area of tax. Communicate Personnel is a specialist Finance Recruitment agency so let us do the sourcing, screening and matching to help you to find your next employee. We spend a tremendous amount of time networking and connecting with top talent to introduce to you. As many of our candidates work with us exclusively, you get access to some of the best candidates out there. Contact us today for assistance with all your staffing needs. 

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Building Your Team: Fantastic Four

Mallisa Watson - Friday, May 20, 2016

hand Diversity plays a vital part in the corporate world. Organizations that don’t embrace a diversity of employees, experiences, values, and capabilities will be unable to generate a variety of ideas, options, and experiments. One team in the Marvel Universe that has a diversity of personalities and at the same time works together to accomplish the team’s goals, is the Fantastic Four.

With the Invisible Woman’s vision, The Human Torch’s artistic innovation, Mr. Fantastic’s realistic approach and The Thing keeping the team together, this four really shows us that different personalities can bring different ways of finding solutions.

The best teams are the ones that actually consist of a variety of personalities. However, one of the most challenging tasks for a manager is overseeing a diverse team in the workplace, and finding ways for them to be as productive and efficient as possible.

Getting the most out of your team is a matter of finding out the motivations of different team members and balancing one personality against another. That means finding ways to manage innovation and realistic organizational tendencies and getting them to share ideas efficiently. Different personalities can be challenging, we offer some insight on how to effectively manage each one.

Invisible Woman - Visionary
Visionaries are able to predict trends and spot future problems. There is always someone in the team who has big visions, which can sometimes be a bit unrealistic. But every manager needs a visionary in their team because they see the bigger picture, they don’t let setbacks demotivate them from achieving their goals and they have the courage to take risks.

Managing this personality
As a manager, you need to encourage this person to use more detail when explaining their ideas to co-workers. If you want results from this employee, make sure you are as strong and confident as they are. Whenever possible, assign individual projects whenever you can rather than a group one. Also, visionaries articulate where a group is going, but not how it will get there so as a manager you need to guide the process on how they are going to execute the project.

The Human Torch - Innovative
Always looking for the next challenge! This persona is goal-oriented, with lots of ambition. They are full of high energy and need variety, or else they will get bored with everyday tasks.

Managing this personality
Because challenges are what drives them, always have a project for this person to start with instead of waiting on them to finish a current project. Managing this individual will possibly take up more time compared to the other team members, so make sure you have a list of projects to keep this personality busy.

Mr. Fantastic - Realist
This is an introvert who prefers working alone. They are very analytical and logical, detail-oriented, and before handing in a task, they can go through it multiple times.

Managing this personality
If you have someone like this in your team, you can hand them mainly difficult tasks to solve and they’ll have no problem simply sitting down and figuring things out. However it is important to give them enough time to do so.

The Thing - Team player
Every team have their mascot, the nice guy and possibly the most sincere person ever. When the team is on a bumpy road, the team player is there to keep everything smooth. He ensures that everybody gets along, and tries to avoid office politics.

Managing this personality
This person works very well with a team, but works even better with a group who wants to get the job done. They can be a little impatient but this only fuels their ability to get things done and requires often oversight from management.

If you think about it, the Fantastic Four are just like any team, they are individuals with their own set of challenges and fantastic abilities that must learn to work together to achieve a common goal.

Finding the right person to complete your fantastic team can be tricky. Firstly scanning through all the CV’s to find the fit can be time consuming, wondering if the person you chose is the right fit, can be stressful and finally hiring that person can make you wonder whether this was the right decision.

With over 35 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, we can take away all the stress and time wasted trying to find your next employee. Get in touch with us now to discuss all your recruitment needs.

Or if you happen to be in the market for a new job opportunity, visit our vacancies pages and apply now.


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Improving Your Supply Chain Efficiency

Mallisa Watson - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

economy Every single company is looking for areas where they can improve their product or services. As complex and fast changing as the supply chain and freight industry is in South Africa, it might seem challenging to restructure your sound business model, but it’s not impossible. Many businesses understandably feel overwhelmed by such challenging market instability, and are unsure of where to start in terms of boosting operational efficiency in the centre of so much constant change.

Here are four steps you can take in order to encourage more flexible, effective and profitable operations and support your supply chain.

Review and modify your process
Depending on where your business’s operational process is and what the market demands, you need to do regular thorough reviews. When reviews are diligently undertaken, areas of inefficiency or wasted time and resources quickly become obvious, allowing you to introduce adjustments and changes.

Such detailed optimisation can drastically improve your customers’ lead times as well as costs associated with maintaining inventory, handling, and storage.

Forward thinking
Having a modernised strategy is one vital tool that can allow your business to operate proactively rather than reactively and quickly adjust to any changes happening within the market. When everything goes according to your business model, for example when product deliveries are running smoothly and ahead of schedule, free time is opened up for organisations to gain a better understanding of their customers’ businesses and their individual needs. Think of supply chain streamlining as an investment not only in your product delivery capabilities, but in your customer service offering as well.

Data analysis and integration
Decision making for your supply chain strategy depends on accurate and timely data and information. Having real-time reports available at all times will provide valuable insight into your business. Software allows both users and management to be able to instantly access records, purchasing and production data for critical decision-making purposes.

In today’s digital age, not making use of the abundant data at your disposal will be a big mistake. Integrating and analysing data from an enormous variety of sources is now easier than ever before, thanks to dedicated and specialised software. It also helps when you want to cut out unnecessary or inefficient steps in the supply chain.

There are hundreds of off-the-shelf supply chain software packages or component modules on the market today, and most implementations end up requiring some level of customization and integration with other systems. Using platforms and software products will eliminate the human-error associated with manual file uploads and batch updates, allowing information flow to become an automated and smooth process.

Involve your employees
Give employees visibility into how they impact the customer. Create a metrics program that links shop floor level metrics to customer needs and corporate objectives. When employees are involved in the decision making, they feel valued and like a significant contributor to the team’s success. They tend to be more productive and will raise their level of effort and commitment to ensure the company’s success.

The best companies have transformed their supply chains with time, innovation, and sustained top-management attention. What are you doing to turn your supply chain into a powerful source of competitive advantage?

The supply chain and freight industry continues to play a vital role in the growth of South Africa's economy. If you are looking for skilled staff to make your company grow, we can help.

With years of experience in the Supply Chain and Freight industries, we can assist with the sourcing, evaluating, screening, and matching of candidate to ensure you find the right fit for your company. Contact us today.

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Influence and Lead Like a Superhero in your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, May 13, 2016

superheroSuperheroes have always captured our imagination with their exciting stories of power intrigue, and justice. There is much to learn from just watching superheroes, especially when we focus on their psychological attributes. These icons of greatness can mentor our thoughts and actions in the workspace and make us true leaders.

Captain America – Inspire and motivate others
Why did the Avengers follow Captain America? Because he is the ultimate team player, and knows very well that a leader is only as strong as his team. This is the reason why he not just pushes himself to be better, but also tries to inspire others around him to become better.

Just like Captain America leaders today, have to win people’s cooperation. If you want to be a good leader you need to create positive one-on-one relationships along with team relationships by being a great listener and connecting emotionally with people.  Successful leaders encourage and inspire people to perform at their best.  They are often effective not because of the title or position of power they have but because of the quality of the people they have become, because of their characters and their personalities.

Hawkman – problem solving with a different perspective
With wings that attached to his back, Hawkman could fly above the city streets and get a birds-eye view of what was going on below.

Like Hawkman what makes leaders most effective is the ability to see and understand the big picture.  The most common characteristic of leadership, throughout the years, is that leaders have vision.  As a leaders it’s important to clearly communicate that to employees so they understand what needs to be done to succeed and it's much easier for them to contribute.

Wonder Woman - example of real commitment
When it comes to the trait of being hardworking Wonder Woman tops the chart. She was blessed by the Greek Gods to become as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as strong as Hercules and as swift as Hermes. However, she chose to surrender her powers to stay on earth and save mankind. As Diana Prince, she worked hard to master the martial arts and the use of her many weapons.

Most teams respect leaders that lead by example when it comes to working hard. If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going have to show them how it’s done. The most successful teams will tell you that there is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else to ensure a deadline is being met. By proving your commitment to the brand and your role, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instill that same hardworking energy among your staff. As a leader it’s important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises.

Iron Man - Superheroes help people (succeed)
Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, grew from insensitive playboy millionaire to superhero who eliminated vicious criminals and aliens to protect people.  This Superhero demonstrate that real leaders understand their role in helping others be more successful.

As a leader it’s important for you to continuously develop and build your own technical and professional expertise, however it’s even more important that you set aside time and budget to develop your employees. In order to manage the constant changing business environment you need to regularly take stock of the skills you have in your team and identify the most promising employees.  These employees need to be trained and developed as they will become their company's next generation of great leaders.

In short organizations are looking for superhero leader that can create a sense of community within the workplace which will increase employee retention figures but also improve overall results. Leadership is a valuable skill, especially in the current economic climate.

If you have some superhero leadership skills that you feel are not being recognized at your current employer, we can assist. We have a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal. We would love to work with you. Apply now!


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