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    The Smart Phone Turn Off: When the Boss's Call is a Barbeque-stopper

    The Smart Phone Turn Off: When the Boss's Call is a Barbeque-stopper

    Managers are role models for smart phone use – and new research from the
    Australian School of Business shows always-on cultures are hampering
    productivity, effectively turning workers into "human pinballs" as they
    bounce from one distraction to the next with no time to think. Setting a
    poor example for technology use can send employees down the fast path
    to burnout, with ambitious staffers particularly at risk of
    over-engagement. While some individuals are turning off communication
    devices or leaving them in the office, switched-on organisations are
    pre-emptively tackling the issue.

    Strategic Thinking: How to Zoom in on the Big Picture

    Strategic Thinking: How to Zoom in on the Big Picture

    Executives and managers confront a barrage of distractions from the big
    picture. As the speed of change and communication in global business
    generates incessant opportunities and threats, a clear corporate
    strategy is more vital for long-term business success than ever. Smart
    organisations know where they are heading and why. Some even divest
    profitable operations just to stick to their plans. Doug Stace, a
    strategy expert at the Australian School of Business, highlights why
    strategy must be a day-to-day concern and not only an annual planning
    event.

    Age Diversity at Work: Talking 'Bout My Generation

    Age Diversity at Work: Talking 'Bout My Generation

    There's no training manual for how to manage multigenerational
    workforces. Yet a new study from the Australian School of Business
    covering four generational cohorts in five countries shows significant
    differences in work values exist between age groups. Members of
    Generation Y may be technologically adept, but their focus on leisure
    strongly conflicts with Traditionalists' and Baby Boomers' hard-work
    ethics. Adaptability is required all round. Some companies are actually
    leveraging generational differences. And when initiatives are designed
    to appeal to the "work-is-not-my-life" young ones, often more seasoned
    colleagues also opt to get with the program.

    Not-For-Profit Volunteers: Selfless or Selfish?

    Not-For-Profit Volunteers: Selfless or Selfish?

    Not-for-profit organisations often thrive on the strength of volunteers
    so understanding what drives people to give time and effort free of
    charge is vital. Typically, volunteering is considered a selfless,
    empathetic activity, but quite often the "me" factor is at play. A new
    study from the Australian School of Business shows the motivations of
    volunteers vary greatly between age groups and indicates the need for
    not-for-profits (NFPs) to profile their volunteer bases to understand
    where gaps exist. Self-interested volunteers can work well, as long as
    the NFP knows how to wrangle them.

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    VIDEO - New Order: Tim Steele on the Future of Financial Planning

    VIDEO - New Order: Tim Steele on the Future of Financial Planning

    The
    collapse of a number of financial planning firms in recent years has dented
    consumer confidence in financial advisers, but changes are afoot. The
    government has tackled conflicts of interest with its Future of Financial
    Advice reforms and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has
    proposed a national exam as an industry qualification. Moves to lift
    educational requirements for financial planners had already been signalled by
    the industry. This year, the Australian School of Business (ASB) commenced
    degree courses in financial planning and has responded to an approach from Tim
    Steele, director of AMP's Horizons Academy, which trains and licenses that
    company's financial planners. Under a new agreement, eligible graduates from
    AMP's Horizons program will be able to gain academic credit towards further
    study at the ASB. Steele recently spoke with Knowledge@Australian School of
    Business.

    Change Management: How to Tame the Mature-Age Stampede?

    Change Management: How to Tame the Mature-Age Stampede?

    When a quarter of your workforce is heading for the door, it's time for
    some serious strategic thinking. One Australian organisation is tackling
    the outflow of thousands of mature-age workers by 2015 with a series of
    policy changes and initiatives that not only glean vital information
    for the employer, but also improve the prospects for wannabe retirees.
    However, a one-size-fits-all policy approach will not be effective in
    all cases, warn researchers from the Australian School of Business. And
    collecting data on the intentions of a growing number of mature-age
    workers and their effect on the workplace is proving complicated.

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