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2005, 2020

Connecting is a privilege

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

Managing fear and uncertainty is definitely taking its toll on many of us. Some days are harder than others as we look at ways to be better when being matters. I am inspired by people who deliver on goals and who lead from the front, no matter what. I am slowly adapting to a new future and while busy with a reboot took connecting with you for granted but [...]

1902, 2020

Are you making a productivity impact in your organisation?

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

So often we miss the smaller basic things preventing performance. And our default action is to train the people. But do you know what the exact performance problem is? Doing training may be the most expensive budget item in your organisation – worst of all, it may not improve the people’s performance. Consider whether you can truthfully answer these questions:you know where the performance gaps are? Do you know [...]

2204, 2020

Do performance expectations matter in the new normal?

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

I often write about performance matters and this time is no exception. In all organisations, large and small, irrespective of industry, performance issues seem to be a hot topic. As we are all struggling to get upstream with how we need to change our work habits and routines, I was thinking about expectations – and particularly how they relate to performance. So much has been written about expectations – [...]

2208, 2019

Performance Improvement Consulting Workshop – Do you have the skills to future-proof your job?

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

IPM is presenting our popular Performance Consulting workshop at a very competitive price of R5000 per person. If you want to add competitive skills and tools to your current experience, you should take advantage of this - I could reserve a seat for you. We can also run it as an in-company workshop at the same IPM price. Inbox belia@improvid.co.za for the content brochure.

1112, 2018

The blueprint for green performance sustainability

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Green Human Capital|Tags: |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. The world is going green - from activists who want to save the planet and influence climate change, to those who are yearning for a simpler, less stressed and complicated lifestyle. We are bombarded by green messages at all levels - what to eat and how to have a greener lifestyle. What is the impact of going green on [...]

1207, 2018

Learn from the world-renowned expert on ROI

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We’re very proud to announce that IPM and Improvid have partnered to bring you the opportunity to learn from the world-renowned expert on ROI. Dr Jack Phillips will be in South Africa  on 1-2 August to present a two-day workshop on Measuring ROI in Learning and Development. Dr Jack Phillips is the world-renowned and award-winning thought leader, recognised around [...]

606, 2018

Performance Consulting Development and International Certification Programme

By |June 6th, 2018|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We’re very proud to announce that IPM and Improvid have partnered to bring you a Performance Consulting Development and International Certification Programme that will commence on 12-13 June 2018  in Johannesburg (attending will earn you 8 CPD points). Here's what the programme will cover: To download the programme brochure as a PDF – click here. To learn more about [...]

304, 2018

Part 7: Evaluation… Why all the attention?

By |April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , |

In the past, most measurement and evaluation theories and methodologies were extremely complex. And this necessitates a holistic and systemic way to evaluate impact and results. This article is not about the magic bullet for evaluation results and impact. It will guide you on how to plan what you want to measure and why.

2302, 2018

Don’t get changed in 2018… BE the change!

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation|Tags: , , , |

Don't get changed in 2018... BE the change! This year learn how to: Change to systems thinking, update your consulting skills, close the performance gaps in your organisation, unlock the real reasons behind poor performance, add value to the business, sustain performance and more!

1902, 2018

Part 6: Solution implementation… Project and change management by any other name!

By |February 19th, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

In our quest to improve performance and change productivity we are sometimes overwhelmed with the pressure of speed of delivery, speed to market, speed to satisfy clients’ needs, speed to execute to earn credibility and build relationships. 

802, 2018

HR Business Partnering Workshop

By |February 8th, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. The HR Business Partnering  Workshop will be hosted in-company and for public dates please contact Belia Nel at belia@improvid.co.za. Take a look at the programme below: If you would like to know more about what we do, please visit our website www.improvid.co.za or connect with Belia Nel on LinkedIn.

102, 2018

Performance Improvement Consulting Workshop

By |February 1st, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We’re very proud to announce that IPM and Improvid have partnered to bring you a Performance Improvement Consulting Workshop on the 6th and 7th of March in Johannesburg! Here’s what this two day workshop will cover: To download the workshop overview as a PDF – click here. To learn more about this event please contact: Belia [...]

1108, 2017

Part 5: Stay close to the future… Digital design is everything!

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Part 5 of a series of articles on the 10 standards for Performance Improvement. Digital is everything. We need to stay close to the future as the rate of change is so fast. It seems nearly impossible to keep up. In a recent report from Accenture titled, “Thriving on Disruption,” researchers found that only 20 percent of chief [...]

1108, 2017

Part 4: Oops! Do you have the data?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Part 4 of a series of articles on the 10 Standards for Performance Improvement. In today’s disruptive business environment, it is important to be flexible when change is about to happen and ensure what the impact will be on continuous performance improvement. The most important part of our work is finding the relevant data and facts. Irrelevant data [...]

2706, 2017

Part 3: Manager and consultant… Mind the gap!

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Part 3 of a series of articles on the 10 standards for Performance Improvement. “Mind the gap” is a phrase we all know too well, or rather if you have travelled to London and used the underground rail system.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “gap” as follows: Lack of balance A problem caused by some disparity An incomplete or [...]

1707, 2017

Don’t miss the ISPI EMEA 16th Annual Conference in Italy!

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. I am very proud to be presenting at the 16th annual ISPI EMEA Conference, from 14-16 September in Bologna, Italy 2017 on: The Future of Performance Management - How to cross the boundaries through the future of work and an innovative design revamp! (For more insight into this topic - make sure you read my article on: Holistic performance - [...]

1606, 2017

Registration is now open for our next HRBP Workshop in JHB!

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Don't miss our next  HR Business Partnering  Workshop which will take place this August in Johannesburg! For more information about the complete workshop programme - click here now - or contact Belia Nel at belia@improvid.co.za. If you would like to know more about what we do, please visit our website www.improvid.co.za or connect with Belia Nel on LinkedIn. [...]

3105, 2017

A must-read book (and must-see movie) on the story of McDonalds!

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

Without a doubt - make sure you take the time to watch (and read!) the following movie and book about the story of McDonalds: "Grinding it Out" by Ray Kroc "The Founder" starring Michael Keaton Both the book and movie offer the most compelling business case, illustrating all the gaps and factors inhibiting performance, as well as the indicators for success once the problems and opportunities have been identified and analysed. [...]

1005, 2017

Part 2: Is value overrated and overused?

By |May 10th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Part 2 of a series of articles on the 10 standards for Performance Improvement. The media is overburdened with “value” deals and bargains. We are continuously bombarded by retailers to buy and spend. And they find creative ways to lure us into shopping malls and online stores. Consultants are continuously being asked, “What value will you add?” Managers [...]

904, 2017

Fantastic feedback from our HRBP workshop!

By |April 9th, 2017|Categories: Performance Management, Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Our recent HR Business Partnering Workshop in Johannesburg was a phoneomenal success! Here is some of the great feedback we've since received (and a few photographs!): "I really gained a lot of insight into what is out there in the HR space. We get so caught up in our day to day that we don’t often have exposure to what is out [...]

802, 2018

HR Business Partnering Workshop

By |February 8th, 2018|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We're very proud to announce that IPM and Improvid have partnered to bring you a HR Business Partnering Workshop on 20-21 February and 17-18 April 2018 in Johannesburg! Here's what this two day workshop will cover: To download this workshop overview as a PDF - click here. To learn more about this event please contact: Belia Nel at belia@improvid.co.za, or to [...]

2703, 2017

The series: The 10 standards for Performance Improvement 

By |March 27th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Part 1 of a series of articles on the 10 standards for Performance Improvement. Most of us have a favorite pair of jeans we can slip into without thinking. It is a comfort, a habit, a self-confident feeling when wearing those jeans. Unlike a tangible product like jeans, performance in any organisation is a complex issue, but it [...]

1502, 2017

Holistic performance: A systems way to achieve results

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Holistic performance is underwritten by ISPI in its 10 International Standards. In this article, I will show you how - by applying a trusted way of focusing on holistic performance - you can achieve sustainable results and impact. If you want to “dust off” your Human Resources, Learning and Development (L&D) strategy, you need this. The performance landscape is changing so [...]

1502, 2017

Change performance and mitigate risk

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. In the next decade, more than a third of jobs won’t need a human to do them. As Alan Hosking writes “Unless you’ve just returned from a long stint on Mars, you will be very familiar with all the talk, articles, presentations and workshops that are shouting out the same message: Big changes are coming and they’re unprecedented [...]

3101, 2017

HR Business Partners: Do you have ability or agility?

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. 70%-80% of jobs will disappear in the next five to 10 years or possibly even sooner.  And it seems the jobs that are the most vulnerable are those of a repetitive or technical nature. The scarce skills of the future will be human skills; in other words skills that cannot be easily replicated by a computer or AI [...]

2901, 2017

8 Ways the Performance Improvement landscape will change in 2017

By |January 29th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. If you’re working in the field of HR or in management, there’s no doubt that performance improvement forms a key component of your profession and daily work. But in 2017, the emphasis is on people and their performance will take on a whole new focus. Here are 8 Performance Improvement predictions that will (no doubt!) impact your workplace [...]

2801, 2017

Preparing for 2020: Why spending less will achieve more

By |January 28th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Economists are preparing us for a challenging 2017 and the goal is simple: ‘Spend less and achieve more’ to prepare for 2020.  While this might seem a difficult task, it’s undoubtedly possible for those managing performance at all levels to achieve – from the first-time supervisor to the executive. Recently, I showcased 8 Performance Improvement Predictions for 2017. [...]

2501, 2017

Are you “future ready”?

By |January 25th, 2017|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation, Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. In its Global Human Capital Trends report, Bersin by Deloitte describes the drivers that are creating disruptive change across the talent landscape. One driver mentioned, is a profound demographic shift, with millennials now accounting for more than half of all employees and baby boomers continuing to work into their 70s and 80s. This has had a profound effect on [...]

2601, 2017

HR and L&D! It’s time to focus on holistic performance…

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Recently I showcased 8 Performance Improvement Predictions for 2017.  Today I want to take a closer look at one of my predictions: Holistic Performance. In this article I will show you how, by applying a trusted way of focusing on holistic performance, you can achieve sustainable results and impact. If you want to ‘dust off’ your HR, Learning and Development (L&D) strategy [...]

2501, 2017

Get the magic of future performance TODAY

By |January 25th, 2017|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. The future is a system not unlike any other system.  Consider this:  It’s made up of numerous subsystems that must be in sync in order to create meaning. That’s why in the digital era, it’s important to view the rapid changes and technological disruptions that surround us systemically. In doing so it’s possible to achieve a dynamic (if [...]

607, 2016

Declare a war on performance!

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We have often believed that tough times need tough action, right? Wrong!  When things are in turmoil we are told to “toughen up”, change strategy, downsize, restructure and more.  Speaking about tough and turbulent times – the world has become a never-ending flat screen of reality TV. From performance, politics, economics, social issues, education issues – take your [...]

206, 2016

Tripartite agreement between ISPI, Huawei and Sinotrac

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. I am very proud to be representing ISPI in signing a tripartite agreement with Huawei (the biggest global carrier company in the world) and Sinotrac (a significant consulting company in Beijing). This is a very important event for companies, worldwide, who use the Huawei technology, and in particular for companies in SA like ­Vodacom, Cell C, MTN, and Telkom. I feel [...]

505, 2016

How HR can WOW! the business and stay on the (b)risk side of management

By |May 5th, 2016|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website.  ‘Brisk’ is one of those delightful words that sounds like what it means: Quick, lively, bracing, and refreshing.  Anything brisk is happening quickly, but not too fast.  Marked by speed, liveliness, and vigour and energy. For the past few decades, HR has been under scrutiny for many reasons. Perhaps the most important one is, the question of the [...]

704, 2016

The PI Workshop is coming to Windhoek!

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. We're very proud to announce that our Performance Improvement Consulting Workshop is coming to Windhoek from 17-19 May 2016! Take a look at the programme below: To reserve your seat - email a registration form (click here to download now) to belia@improvid.co.za. We hope to see you there! If you would like to know more about what we [...]

502, 2015

Welcome!

By |February 5th, 2015|Categories: Performance Management|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Welcome to my blog, where I share my thoughts on performance-related issues. I look forward to engaging with you.

303, 2016

Eskom’s first Certified Performance Technologist!

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation|Tags: , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Today I would like to honour a very special Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) candidate. Nontsikelelo Mzuku at Eskom Holdings started her CPT certification journey six months ago.  Her personal ambition was to develop her career and do something that not only spoke to her passion for performance in her role as an Integrated Business Improvement Officer, but would [...]

2302, 2016

Refresh your performance thinking for 2016!

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation|Tags: , , , |

For more information or to book - please contact Belia Nel at: belia@improvid.co.za. If you would like to know more about what we do, please visit our website www.improvid.co.za or connect with Belia Nel on LinkedIn.

2910, 2015

Unlock sustainable performance for optimum results

By |October 29th, 2015|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|Tags: |

Partner with business to achieve performance sustainability - Unlock the key to adding value and achieving results. 3 Day Workshop | 18-20 November 2015 54 on Bath, Rosebank, Johannesburg This international three-day workshop, developed by Belia Nel, a Certified Performance Technologist with the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), provides extensive application learning on Performance Consulting and Performance Improvement Sustainability and includes models, best practices, tools and numerous performance improvement [...]

810, 2015

What’s your HR carbon footprint?

By |October 8th, 2015|Categories: Green Human Capital|Tags: , , , , |

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. “The future of a country is shaped by the way a country invests in the development of its human resources. As in the case of all countries, and especially as a developing country, Bhutan too has grand visions and aspirations. We have therefore, invested heavily in HRD from the early stages of our development process and continue to [...]

1609, 2015

The fall of traditional PM systems

By |September 16th, 2015|Categories: Performance Management|Tags: , , |

For decades organisations have been fixated on performance management systems that measure and rate an individual's performance.  Managers tirelessly try to improve their staff's performance and productivity and seldom succeed.  In addition, the whole process often leaves employees anxious and demotivated. So why is this practice continuing? It seems the system is broken... What started as a sound theory has evolved into something that is not conducive to improving performance in organisations. This is [...]

807, 2015

How green is your HR strategy?

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Green Human Capital|Tags: , , , , , , |

Alec Howe, future forecaster, introduces in a recent article the concepts of “time splintering, work spillover and leisure spillover” and how work-life balance is no longer the topic on the corporate agenda. However, it is more about how a working day will be “chopped up” and how time will be allocated in a “splintered” way to meet the work-life balance. Richard Sandford, a learning researcher, says mid-life drop-outs are [...]

2502, 2015

Training isn’t always the answer

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Performance Strategy Alignment|

For more information about Improvid Performance Consulting visit our Human Performance Improvement website. Performance in any organisation is a complex issue that needs on-going attention. After all, performance is a barometer of the value of your brand to the customer and how your employees are contributing to this. Many organisations offer programmes to develop employees, especially since skills development is a necessary compliance activity for most organisations through the annual Workplace [...]

2906, 2015

7 Questions on managing employee performance

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: Performance Management|Tags: , |

Human Resources and Training Managers who are responsible for HR budgets have to tighten their belts and understand where the money is being spent and why. Often service providers and internal performance consultants suggest solutions and interventions for performance opportunities and problems without substantiated evidence of where the gaps are, what caused the performance gaps, and what the reasons are for the gaps. We also need to know how [...]

1905, 2015

Professionalise your performance knowledge

By |May 19th, 2015|Categories: Performance Improvement Accreditation|Tags: , , , , |

If you're an HR professional, working in the area of performance,  you may not know you can enhance your credentials by becoming a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) - accredited by the globally-recognised International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Turn your skills into an internationally-recognised accreditation If you're a senior HR practitioner wanting to professionalise your performance improvement consulting knowledge, the ISPI-accredited Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) is an internationally recognised [...]

304, 2015

Is it time to reset your performance results?

By |April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Performance Management|Tags: , , |

 “Maximise results and improve the bottom line”. These buzz words are here to stay for quite a while longer as companies strive to work towards recovery in the wake of the recession. Referring as much to people as to systems, this focus has boosted business for professionals and consultants working in the field of Performance Improvement. In turn, we have seen new trends and methodologies emerging in this sector, [...]

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