Market Pulse November 2015 – Comments from CDL’s General Manager Operations

In the frantic rush to end of the calendar year we take note of the continuous disruption, change and people development and retention needs that many of our clients are experiencing as the market continues to be buoyant. Whether we like it or not change is a continuum. Technology, innovation and the need to be on top of your game, at all levels of business, actually drives disruption in the workplace.

The Christmas Holiday Season is also disruptive. Employees go on holiday and often find themselves reflecting on the past year and wondering what the future holds. That’s why traditionally we find that the job market tends to lift in the early part of the New Year as people look to change jobs and careers because their levels of job satisfaction have plummeted or they yearn for greater professional development.

Talking about Christmas, recently I was asked to respond to a blog. Now this isn’t a Christmas story, however, it is fun with a serious underlying observation.

STAR WARS – I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and in honour of the pending Star Wars film premiere I thought I’d share the link and my response to the blog with you. To be honest, it’s a bit of fun, however the subject matter is hugely topical and focused on the need for all of us to be continually developing our capabilities. In this case, getting the best from your employees through engaging and effective leadership and management style to stay yes, you’ve guessed it, “on top of your game” .

Here’s the link to the blog:

In this Jedi’s humble opinion this is a thought invoking article. In a Galaxy far, far away, it can be very exciting what you can discover about your leadership and management style, especially managing the ever changing demands of a small, medium and large business. It’s almost Christmas – try the quiz and discover where you stand with The Force.

There is a ‘light side’ too: To feel the Force you have to be at one with the Force. For any business owner, leader or people manager, adapting your preferred management, leadership and communication style is an essential skill to ensure that you successfully motivate, empower and lead your people. No one style of leadership fits all, successful leaders, managers and small business owners must adapt to maximise opportunities – remember, there is no “I” in “Team” and ultimately, that was Darth Vader’s downfall.

This Jedi suggests that successful leaders and managers adapt quickly to change to maximise market opportunity. Successful managers also recognise that sustainable growth necessitates investment in technology, infrastructure and people to keep them one step ahead of the competition.

Technology can be a downer – jobs on the line, jobs lost and more jobs to go as technology drags us all into the future. My philosophy: Embrace opportunity, however, don’t be fooled by the Dark Side – technology will bring disruption, people will be impacted and many skills will become redundant as automation becomes ‘King’. People are your largest and often most difficult and expensive asset to manage. Unlike technology (right now) they have free will and the power and influence, especially in the realm of the internet and social media. Make sure you have strategies and support in place to help those that technology impacts because the last thing you want is for YOUR business brand and reputation to be tarnished and put at risk.

May the Force Be With You!


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