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A business leadership team needs a balance of "how" and "why" types says leadership expert Simon Sinek.

The idea being that if, as the senior leader, you recruit members to your business leadership team who are too similar to you, you will clash and / or the tasks that you both find challenging won't get done.

It's not always so easy to find this kind of person to join your team — that's partly because it's not so easy to know what individuals can bring to the table.

Simon Sinek has spent a lot of time thinking about this problem. Sinek is a leadership expert and bestselling author; in his book, "Start With Why," he addresses this dilemma head-on.

Most people, Sinek says, are either "why" types or "how" types — and the best business teams are a balance of both.

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A recent ECA survey on the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR) found that half of electrotechnical businesses said that having a CSR policy in place meant they were more likely to retain and recruit staff.

Over three in four electrotechnical workers (76 per cent) say they prefer working for a direct employer rather than a labour agency, according to new survey findings commissioned by the Joint Industry Board.

Of those who say they preferred direct employment, almost two in three respondents (62 per cent) said it was to ‘enjoy their full employment rights’. A similar number say they preferred ‘steady employment’ (63 per cent) and ‘valued the holidays and additional benefits available’ (59 per cent).

Just one in six respondents (16 per cent) say they favour agency labour work over direct employment. Over four in 10 of those who preferred agency work (43 per cent) said it was due to the flexibility, while nearly three in 10 (29 per cent) said it was because they could earn more.

ECA Director of Employment Alex Meikle commented: “These findings overwhelmingly show that electrotechnical workers are more content and likely to be more productive working directly for an employer. While agency workers can be a necessary source of flexible labour for businesses, the industry should take a hard look at the value of temporary employment. It’s now time for a rebalancing that ensures worker productivity is maximised moving forward.”

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Job interviews and other business meetings taking place over Skype are becoming increasingly common. You might be able to see one another, but a virtual interview or meeting over the internet is not the same as one face to face and you need to prepare accordingly.

Here are some considerations to help you embrace technology and master a Skype interview.

Dress Professionally
Q. Should you still dress as if you are in a face-to-face interview?

A. Yes – general interview etiquette still applies. The dynamics are different, with body language being the main barrier, so it is vital to make a good impression based on your dress and surroundings.

Don’t be tempted just to dress smartly from the waist-up, assuming that’s all the interviewer will see. As you use Skype more and more you will come across plenty of interview situations where the candidate or the interviewer has had to stand up – that unexpected knock on the door – a mobile phone ringing – situations that can only be dealt with by standing up! Being in formal dress will also help you to feel like it is a formal interview and put you in the right frame of mind.

Pick Your Backdrop Wisely
Q. How much attention will be paid to where you are sitting for the interview?

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