A trade union will be successful in gaining recognition at your workplace if it can prove to you or to the CCMA that it has sufficient representation amongst your employees. The question is, what constitutes sufficient representation?

What should managers do in the event of a possible dismissal of an employee? First, establish substantive fairness, second send notification, and third permit reasonable time for the employee to prepare a defence - and to be assisted by a union representative or a colleague, Des Squire explains.

While the Labour Court is fairly flexible on an employer?s reason for retrenchment, the courts rigidly insist on adherence to retrenchment consultation procedure. Too often, Ivan Israelstam writes, employers suffer the crippling consequences of not following retrenchment law.

The shortlist of candidates for 2009's top female entrepreneurs has been revealed ahead of the Regional Business Achiever Awards, to be held in June. The cream of SA businesswomen were selected from emerging, established and social entrepreneurial categories.

Planning a career is about considering the future with an adult approach, writes Des Squire. Seek guidance from those who know you well, take inspiration from psychological tests and broaden your horizon through part-time and voluntary work.

There will be 34 Ministers in President Jacob Zuma's first national Cabinet. Trevor
Manuel will be head of the new planning commission and Blade Nzimande will be the
minister for Higher Education and Training.

When a manager delegates he/she retains control and authority, and will still be held responsible and fully accountable. Des Squire argues that many managers are failing today managers must understand what skills are required and at the same time understand who the best people for the job are.

Are we in danger of "greenwashing", or doing just enough to seem fashionably eco-conscious, but not actually pro-active? Stephen Jacobs from Living Wealth asks the question: how do you provide a compelling business case for the transformation of outdated, planet-wasting habits?

Des Squire explains how developing intuition by listening to one's heart can lead to heightened empathy with others, improved creativity and a healing of past hurts that may be interfering with every day choices. We are trained to dum down the voices of our hearts, but in some cases, it may be best to follow their advice.

"It seems that giving advice to entrepreneurs or offering mentoring and coaching services to startups has become big business the world over." notes Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp. Allon highlights three key areas which are good predictors of success.



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