Delegation is a Conversation

By Mark Orpen, CEO at The Institute of People Development (IPD) Large managerial roles entail making people work, driving productivity and reducing inefficiencies. Part of making people work is making work for people. Delegation is a key motivator and can and should be taught, and perfected. Management specialist, Brian Tracy’s seven essential steps to effective […]

Read More »

Empowering Managers

While technical proficiency is essential to performance, management skills are critical to getting others to perform. Therefore, technical experts should receive management specific training to empower them to manage effectively.

Read More »

Recognizing The Department of Agriculture’s Hidden Skills

While conducting training at Limpopo’s Department of Agriculture in 2016, it became clear that staff members’ “paperwork” didn’t always reflect their experience. As a result, The Institute of People Development (IPD) embarked on a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) advisory campaign to enable the Department to build a RPL Policy, allowing it to RPL people into positions focusing on their skills set and experience.

Read More »

Ensuring Africa’s Youth Are Employable Graduates

To create employable graduates, a comparison must be drawn between work readiness and qualifications. Leaders of business and government need to provide Africa’s young with the opportunities to apply their skills and help them thrive in the changing world of work. This requires critical thinking and workplace integrated learning.

Read More »

A Force That Engages Our Employees

Developing and engaging staff with purposeful leadership and management strategies results in an efficient work-force, improved company culture, greater knowledge and skills, and better profits. Capitalising on employees’ strengths and developing skills to overcome weaknesses enhances positive progress.

Read More »

DELEGATION: The key for motivation and productivity

by: Mark Orpen | CEO | The Institute of People Development | www.peopledevelopment.co.za | A large managerial role entails making people work, driving productivity and reducing inefficiencies and too often management holds onto the reigns, gathering all the more balls until they simply cannot be juggled any longer. Delegation is the key to motivating staff. […]

Read More »


Lifelong Learning

There are many managers in the market with lots of experience who can probably teach the MBAs and PHDs in the world a couple of things about how to manage a business. Then there are the highly qualified professional people, brilliant engineers, lawyers and chemists, who had to learn how to manage their businesses or […]

Read More »

Skilling South Africa

We need to train for our country not our companies. While many believe that Skills Development puts the employer at risk of losing staff, there is much evidence to suggest the opposite. Someone who feels that their company is investing in them will often be extremely loyal to the company. If staff members leave once […]

Read More »

Skills Development: The Plan

There are innumerable advantages to Skills Development both for the employer developing its staff and the employees being developed. The employer receives immense return on investment as it now has better skilled staff working at a higher level of productivity; this means that the work is completed faster with less mistakes leading to a more […]

Read More »