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NEGOTIATING THE IMPOSSIBLE

NEGOTIATING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Rukesh Raghubir the Chief Executive Officer of M&D Construction Group,has recommend the book below and he shares why this book can assist young HardHat Professionals advance in their careers: “Some negotiations are easy.  Others are more difficult.  And then there are situations that seem completely hopeless.  Conflict is escalating, people are getting aggressive, and no one is willing to back down.  And to top it off, you have little power, money, or other resources to work with.  Harvard professor (and negotiation advisor to organizations around the world) Deepak Malhotra shows how to defuse even the most potentially explosive situations and to find success when things seem impos... »

PRESENTATIONS GONE WRONG

PRESENTATIONS GONE WRONG

PRESENTATIONS GONE WRONG Yesterday, I had a nightmare that answered my question of what to write to you this week. Clearly my sub-conscious has been working overtime. In my dream I was facilitating the worst workshop you could ever imagine and, although I knew how the problems should be solved, I was panicked and couldn’t implement them until I had calmed down. In this there are lessons for you.  Here are the highlights, or should I say, low lights of the dream.   A Disinterested Audience – There were people in the room who were busy with other things like talking on their phones or reading documents while I was speaking. They were completely ignoring me and apparently oblivious to the ... »

JUNK STATUS DOWNGRADE – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

JUNK STATUS DOWNGRADE – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

South Africa has recently been downgraded to Junk Status by the S&P Ratings agent.  Lungile Malinga, Equity Research Analyst, speaks to The HardHat Economist on what the implications of this downgrade means to the Construction industry. What is the Junk Status? Rating agencies rate a number of country’s local and foreign currency debt. When a country’s debt is in Junk Status – It means that it not investment grade according to the rating agencies. Debt below investment grade (Junk) is riskier and therefore has higher interest rates applied to it by lenders locally and offshore.   Why was South Africa downgraded? South Africa was downgraded for a number of reasons throughout the year... »

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE IN THEIR CAREERS (AND LIVES)

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE IN THEIR CAREERS (AND LIVES)

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE IN THEIR CAREERS (AND LIVES) Sometimes it pays to let things sit for a while. A Career Builder survey found that 49 percent of all workers accept the first offer given to them. For people under 35, who are far less likely to negotiate, these numbers are surely much higher.   Losing extra few thousand dollars may not seem like a big deal. However, over a long enough period, small things become big things.According to an analysis by Salary.com, negotiating your initial salary and renegotiating every few years will earn you over $1 million more during your career.   Here’s the kicker: Raises and future offers generally build on your current salary... »

EMOTIONAL AWARENESS CAN IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY

EMOTIONAL AWARENESS CAN IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY

EMOTIONAL AWARENESS CAN IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY The pressure of operating in a global economy necessitates that South Africa aims for perfection in construction projects undertaken, which brings with it a host of challenges, says corporate training consultancy Hidden Dimensions CEO and on-site psychologist Charissa Bloomberg. She points out that one of the major challenges in the construction business is to complete any project on time and within budget, and this requires high morale and high productivity from crews.   “In today’s market, it seems as if companies want the job done better, faster and with better materials, but at lower costs. However, projects challenge ingenuity as they be... »

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