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A month is a long time in sport.

Many years ago I recall attending a function where The Hon. George Souris was announced as NSW Minister for Finance and Assistant Treasurer. George had been the NSW Minister for Sport and I’d had the pleasure of working very closely with him, his staff and the Premier’s Office over the period where NSW successfully bid, […]

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Where is the sport management voice?

The strength of the Australian sport management talent pool has been widely recognised for many years, with the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games a notable catalyst establishing the profession as world leaders. Over the past 20 years there has also been an exodus of this talent overseas, pursuing coaching, high performance and management roles with national […]

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Satisfaction in the Workplace Translated

A few years ago news emerged of Virgin Boss, Richard Branson’s plan to eliminate restrictions on the amount of holidays his employees in the US & UK can take each year. Under this arrangement, employees will be allowed to take time off without prior warning so long as their work is kept up to date. […]

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The Order Of Candidates In Shortlist Interviews; Does It Have An Impact?

I’m often asked whether there’s any particular science behind the order of candidates when conducting shortlist interviews. Having participated in close to 600+ shortlist interviews I’m a firm believer other factors have a much greater bearing on the outcome. Firstly, an interview is just one of the selection tools generally available to the employer. Background […]

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Happiness At Work

A worldwide survey by recruitment firm Robert Half Finance and Accounting shows that, rather than money, a good relationship with co-workers and bosses is the most important motivating factor in the office for middle managers. Four out of ten people who took part in the research rated good interpersonal relationships as their gateway to work […]

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A good appointment needs a good shortlist

The issue of how many candidates should be shortlisted for final interview is often raised early in our recruitment work. Many clients have a set idea that they want to meet say 4 or 5 candidates while others are open to simply meeting the candidate group that best meets the job profile and selection criteria. […]

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Does Parenthood Disadvantage your Career?

One of the great privileges of doing what we do at Sportspeople Recruitment is getting to know our candidates before we refer them for a role. Given the importance of “work” and “career” in the lives of these candidates, the screening and interview process allows them to openly share their experiences, talk about their personal […]

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Finding Balance in Your Career

For those of you who can actually find the time to sit back and read the newspapers, not just the Sports and Employment Section, you might have read Daniel’s Petre’s Father Time (Macmillan – 1998). Petre’s theme is simple and one which rings true in the sport context. “Take a successful senior male executive with […]

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Work/Life Balance

Whenever I read about an “unexpected resignation” of a profile public figure, it is a timely reminder of the pressures of high office and the impact not only on the individual, but in particular the family unit. I recall writing an article on finding balance in your career way back in 1999. At the time […]

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