If you’re in Organisational Development, then read “Company” by Max Barry


Having read this 2007 novel, it has so reminded me of corporate organisational life as I recall it. The description of the relationships within the company are so eloquently described that the stories have taken me back to my time in the corporate world. Rather enjoyable now that I’m nowhere near the buildings that were.

“So funny that it’s serious. No cubicle should be without a copy.” Gideon Haigh

…a typical company. Or at least that’s what everyone thinks, until fresh-faced employee Jones – too new to understand that you just don’t ask certain questions… a biting, incisive and delightful satire of corporate culture.

High recommended, if organisational development is your thing….

Announcement: Farewell to aCE talentNET, it’s been a fabulous ride…

As announced in the latest aCE talentNET Professional Edge;

Well, the time has come to bid a fond farewell to all friends and colleagues of aCE.

From this day forward, Denise Hall (ie me!) will no longer be part of the aCE inner sanctum! After 15 years approx, it is time to move on and expand my horizons. Be safe in the knowledge though that Deirdre Gruiters is not going anywhere and aCE is operating business as usual. The only real difference is that I will no longer be behind the scenes.

It has been a pleasure and an honour being part of your working life over this time. Whether you’re new to the community, you’ve been there from the start or something in between, your contribution to the quality of aCE at large is in direct proportion to who you are and what you do. For that I thank you for helping us build aCE into what it is today.

A big thank you also to Karen, Rebecca and Chris, and to all the many aCE associates I have had the pleasure of working with.

A very big and special thank you goes to Deirdre Gruiters, through which much of what we’ve been able to achieve is attributable.

I invite you to stay “connected” through the various social media networks, just click on the one that tickles your fancy!

Buying and selling businesses is my new area of interest, so bear that in mind should it be what you want to do with your business, in time.

Good luck with your future endeavours

read on…

aCE talentNET Professional Edge July10

The latest informative edition of the Professional Edge from aCE talentNET, read on for the up-to-date thinking in Organisational Development…

From the desk of the Head Corporate Talent Agent, Deirdre Gruiters…

It’s probably boring to start my meanderings with yet another “well what a busy month it’s been” but alas when the cap fits….?!!! But the interesting fact is that the work that has and is keeping aCE talentNET busy over the past 6 months is quite different to the past. Yes, we continue to support our clients with one off needs for consulting and facilitation resources and deliver on our important long term contracts, but we are also being asked to assist in a more strategic way by working more closely with HR and L&D senior executive. These conversations include being part of Panel arrangements where we are working with Government Departments to source the best-fit HR and Learning resources to deliver on key initiatives as well as working with large Corporates to source a pre-approved stable of consulting resources to be ready to go at very short notice to resource priority Business Unit programs.

This later approach in particular allows a client to avoid the delays often experienced when selecting, recruiting and onboarding for contract resources. The upside means that a pre-approved pool of consultants is able to become familiar with the organisation culture, processes, procedures, policies and are able to hit the ground running when appointed to a project role. The client also avoids the time consuming advertising and selection process and the risk that goes with appointing an unknown and untested consultant. The downside is…. well I’m yet to find one! If these strategies are of interest to you and or your clients you know where to find us!

An observation based on the web poll question from last month… more than 50% of you said that last year’s turnover did not show a significant increase. To ensure this financial years turnover is a lot healthier I strongly recommend you avail of all that is offered in the AdvantEdge, in particular the Referral Program. Only today, we’ve received another from one of our consultants, and assuming all works out as planned, it will be very beneficial for all parties.

As always we have some interesting articles for you this month… so keep reading!


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GradNet – University of Melbourne September 07

GradNet – University of Melbourne September 07


Degree: Training & Development 1997
Current Position: Owner and executive director, aCE talentNET

Self-described ‘lifelong learner’ Denise Hall was one of the first students to study Training and Development at the University of Melbourne. Denise’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish her own business as a talent agent for consultants in her field of expertise.

Read more in the Gradnet

Inspiring Women and a Hidden Labour Market

At a time when many businesses complain of a shortage of good people… consider this; aCE talentNET is run entirely by entrepreneurial mothers.

The key to the success of this business is ‘workplace flexibility‘. Both clients’ and the human resources, learning & development or change management consultants aCE talentNET places, are flexible in role structure. Whilst salary is always important, of equal interest is flexibility towards working hours (i.e. school hours, or limited number of days per week etc) and work venue (agreement to work from home office).

They seek the challenges, stimulation and remuneration offered by work, but only if it is accompanied by a level of flexibility that allows them to raise a family or pursue other life goals.

What talent might you be missing out on by sticking to the traditional employment thinking? Could aCE’s success be evidence of an under recognised market of high-quality candidates?

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