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  1. Motivation - Overcoming our own Egos

    MOTIVATION – Overcoming Our Own Egos


    By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC September 2009

    Nowadays our lives are lived at such a break neck speed that we often don’t have time to draw a breath, much less have time to reflect.

    We suppress our emotions, we manipulate others around us into doing what we want them to do, we play the political games in the office with our peers and our managers and even on occasion, with our subordinates. ...
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  2. Motivation - Peaceful & Calm

    MOTIVATION – PEACEFUL & CALM

    By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC

    Today’s quote is one from Ralph Marston who says:

    “You can choose to be annoyed by just about everything. But why would you wish to be annoyed by anything?

    As easily as you can choose to be annoyed, you can choose to be peaceful, patient and understanding. Instead of putting your energy into being annoyed, you can put it into more valuable and productive pursuits. ...
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  3. HR 101 - Maintain Control of your Staff - Part 5

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    Maintain Control of your Staff – Part 5

    By Nikki Viljoen of Viljoen Consulting CC April 2010

    So here we are, Friday again and as SMME’s you are battling to keep your heads above water, you are battling to close the deals in order to bring in the funds to pay, not only yourselves and your suppliers, but also your staff.

    Yet your staff are more often than not, your biggest adversaries. They steal your time, they steal your infrastructure, ...
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  4. HR 101 - Maintain Control of your Staff - Part 4

    ARTICLE 57

    Maintain Control of your Staff – Part 4

    By Nikki Viljoen of Viljoen Consulting CC April 2010

    As we have walked through some pretty hair-raising examples around this issue, I bring you some more.

    Here’s a nasty – in terms of the “Communications Act”, the employer is responsible for the content/pictures/jokes/articles etc that the employee writes and sends out. So every time your wannabe office ‘Don Juan’ sends out leery suggestive ...
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  5. Networking 101 - Reciprocity Rules

    THE POWER OF NETWORKING

    PART 73

    Reciprocity Rules

    By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC

    Dr. Renate Volpe, in her nugget cards entitled “Networking Tips” says:

    “Reciprocity is vital in successful networking.”

    Right on the money again Renate.

    I am still, after all this time, amazed at some people. As those that know me be now know, when I get a business card, it is an opportunity. I send ...
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