Bistro Michel in Sandton

Bistro Michel in Sandton

Bistro Michel opened its doors on January 2015. It is owned by Michel Morand, former owner of Auberge Michel restaurant, which was the first restaurant in South Africa to be awarded the Five Star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

Bistro Michel is conveniently and nicely situated in the Bluebird Shopping Centre just off Corlett Drive, a few minutes away from the famous Melrose arch precinct, which houses some of Sandton’s corporate companies, shops and affluent socialites.

The most interesting thing about Bistro Michel is its staff. Almost all its staff members have been with Michel Morand since the days of Auberge Michel restaurant and they have had the privilege to serve the who’s who of South Africa like former president Mr. Nelson Mandela, Minister Paul Mashatile, Mrs. Mbeki to name but a few, as well as International guests which included Bill Clinton, Sepp Blatter, John legend, Lionel Ritchie and numerous captains of world industry. Michel Morand’s staff has always made customers feel important and appreciated and they treat them as individuals.

Bistro Michel is for those who appreciate the finer things in life, excellent dining experience that entails good food, good wine, exceptional service and wonderful ambience which Michel Morand is well known for.

Address: Shop 22, Blubird Shopping Centre, Corner Atholl-Oaklands and Fort Street, Birnam

The Bull Run Restaurant in Sandton

The Bull Run Restaurant

The Bull Run Restaurant has fast built up a reputation as the business-lunch or dinner restaurant of choice in Sandton. You will find The Bull Run Restaurant opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, only a short walk from the Sandton CBD, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday 12h00-22h30.

The subtle décor, which includes raw brick wall and ambient lighting, of The Bull Run Restaurant ensures that the atmosphere is warm, relaxed and yet still conducive to any pre-dinner business dealings that may take place. Free WIFI is available for those who need to communicate with their office.

The Bull Run Restaurant is known for their prime cuts of exquisite South African beef and extensive selection of the finest Cape wines. The menu also offers a wide variety of starters which includes Spicy Wors and Smoked Springbok Carpaccio. The seafood selection is fresh and plentiful with oysters, mussels. Calamari, line fish, prawns or crayfish on offer. Chicken or ostrich and their unique salads and vegetarian dishes complete the variety on offer. After your meal you have the option of visiting the Bull Run’s well-stocked bar.

The Bull Run Restaurant can be booked for special events or corporate functions for groups of fifteen or more. Set menus are available, each one with a delicious selection of starter, main course and dessert. Drinks such as cocktails, wine, beer  or fruit juices can be served to your group on arrival.

Address: 20 Maude Street, Sandton

 

The Theatre On The Sqaure in Sandton

Theatre on The Square

Experience the magic of the theatre at Sandton’s Theatre on the Square. The theatre is located on the northeastern corner of Nelson Mandela Square, between The Butcher Shop And Grill and The Sandton Library. The 200-seater theatre has shown well over a hundred productions including plays, musicals and children’s theatre. It also hosts corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

The theatre opens at 10:30am weekdays and at 16:00 on Saturdays. Tickets for the shows can be purchased or collected at the theatre’s box-office, which opens an hour before the start of each show. Performances usually take place Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm, and Saturdays at 5pm and 8:30pm. Management reserves the rights to change the times and dates of the performances so it is best to contact the Theatre on the Square to confirm show times.

You will find a bar and coffee bar in the theatre’s lower foyer, where you can order a drink before the show and it will be waiting for you at the interval. Patrons are also welcome to take their drinks into the theatre.

Plenty of secure, attended parking is available in the parking garages of Nelson Mandela Square. The theatre has two spaces available for wheelchair users and special toilet facilities. Please notify the theatre box office in advance to arrange for the theatre manager to be in attendance at the special ramp entrance into the theatre.

Great Family Entertainment at The Montecasino Bird Gardens

Montecasino Bird Gardens

For great family entertainment in Sandton, experience the wonder of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. Take a day off to wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at  a variety of colourful birds, mammals and reptiles.

The walk-through Aviary at the Montecasino Bird Gardens, hosts over sixty species of birds. You will find Scarlet Ibises, and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small animals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth. You are also likely to encounter colourful frogs, iguanas, marmosets and tamarins and other unusual animals from around the world,.

For plant lovers, the Bird Gardens features the largest, most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world.

Flight of Fantasy Shows

The Montecasino Bird Gardens offer educational and entertaining bird shows in the spectacular Tuscan amphitheatre. The colourful and talented show birds captivate audiences with breathtaking displays of unrestrained flight. The Flight of Fantasy Shows takes place twice a day between Monday and Friday, and three times a day over the weekend and on public holidays.

Flamingo Café

Inspired by the Montecasino Bird Gardens in which it is situated, Flamingo Café is a relaxing restaurant that overlooks the Flamingo pond. The Flamingo Café offers a selection of light meals, coffees and milkshakes while guests sit back and enjoy the tropical ambience of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. Flamingo Café is an ideal venue for kids’ parties and can host up to 90 guests.

How to Deliver Constructive Criticism

Delivering Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is useful when used with the aim of improving circumstances in the place of work, but it can be very challenging to receive or give construction criticism. When emotions are involved, it could become a delicate matter. The goal is to handle constructive criticism in an effective way that employees will benefit from.

Timing

Timing is important when delivering constructive criticism. While some instances can be addressed right away, others can be done on the employee’s next annual review. When it comes too late, the employees might dismiss any help and likewise, if it is done too early, the employees might doubt themselves. Deciding when feedback is given may rely on key situations. Usually the best time to give feedback is directly after an occurrence, addressing the problem right away.  If the problem is allowed to continue, it could affect the employee, as well as co-workers. The value of the feedback decreases as time passes.  Informal or formal feedback can be used.

Preparation

It is commonly easier to deliver constructive criticism when properly prepared. Decide on what situation needs to be addressed and on what information needs to be conveyed. A sense of understanding toward the employee will result in better performance, and a better relationship between employees and management.

Location

The location should allow for the employees to speak in private, away from other co-workers. Other factors can affect what would be the best time, such as if the employee is getting ready to go to lunch or tired. The manager should also consider how they are feeling before setting a time.

Setting Goals

Goal setting goes both ways. Both parties need to know the reason of the goal and what efforts will need to be made to achieve them. You should avoid letting the goal come across like an order or demand. Let the employee know what you want to see in regards to achievements, but also ask them what they want to gain from it. When goals are made as a team they will be more willing to work for it and succeed.

What not to do

Knowing what negative phrases and sensitive topics to avoid can be just as crucial. Try and avoid the following when delivering constructive criticism:

  • Talking Down
  • Attacking or Blaming
  • Becoming Emotional
  • Not giving the other person a chance to speak

Following up

Schedule a follow-up meeting to check on progress and if concerns have risen. Be available to the employee and provide feedback on progress. If goals were met and the employee has improved, congratulate them. If not, go back to the drawing board and see what other actions need to be taken. Do not leave the employee in the dark about their progress or shortcomings.

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Why Critical Thinking is Important

Why Critical Thinking is Important

Critical thinking equips you with the skills to evaluate and analyze information, and obtaining the most knowledge from the information. Critical thinking reduces damage when mistakes occur, but also provides the greatest likelihood of making the right decisions.

Critical Thinking leads to a more ordered and logical thinking. It will decrease your bias and prejudice which provides for an improved perspective on your situation. It allows you to assess, recognize, and differentiate between irrelevant and pertinent information.

Critical thinking is similar to studying of common sense. It relates to decision making and good judgment. Critical thinking is not just thinking about thinking, but it is also about how we take action.

Reason

Reasoning is considered one of the characteristics of being human. The ability to reason well is a critical thinking skill. Reasoning occurs when we use our knowledge to determine if a statement is true, but human reasoning is often affected by emotion.

Open Mindedness

Open-mindedness takes into account relevant arguments or evidence to adjust current understandings. It means being open to alternatives, and willing to think about other possibilities after having formed an opinion. It is about not allowing pre-conceived notions to constrain on new information.

Analysis

Analysis helps us to distinguish and access information. It helps us gain a better understanding by breaking down the complexity of an idea.

Logic

Logic is almost the same as reasoning; it gives us the rules for deriving legitimate conclusions. When reasoning does not follow these rules, it is illogical.

Critical Thinkers

The characteristics of good critical thinkers.

  • Self-discipline
  • Active Listening
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Using your emotions
  • Curiosity
  • Objectivity
  • Being self-aware
  • Humility

Benefits of Critical Thinking

  • Better communication
  • Being more persuasive
  • Better problem solving
  • Increased emotional intelligence

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The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

Some people are naturally magnetic and energetic and just have a way with others. You may not see yourself as charismatic or having interpersonal skills, but being that memorable individual can be achieved through acquiring communication skills, negotiation techniques and learning how to network.

Words are the tools of communication and your choice of words can influence the attitudes, thoughts, and actions of others. Responding effectively and appropriately can be done by paying attention to the language of other people and listening to what they are really saying.

Questions are excellent means of obtaining information and a good question can make for an appealing dialogue. It can break new grounds, spark interest, and display your own honesty to finding out what others have to say.

These are some keys to communicating effectively:

  • Do not be casual – The use of bad grammar, or slang can be a detraction especially when communicating with employers or potential clients.
  • Remain on point – Stick to what is relevant to the discussion, and getting your message across in the shortest way possible.
  • Know your audience – Keep in mind the attention, readiness, educational level and age of the listeners. This will prevent them from being underwhelmed or overwhelmed.
  • Emphasize key ideas – Accent in communication can include examples, repetition or simply saying that “this is really a point I want to highlight.”
  • Connection – The more others see you as one of them, the better their response will be.

It is not only about verbal communication. Voice intonation and body language also send a message to other people. Practicing your verbal and non-verbal communication skills are equally as important. A change in your tone may change the meaning of statements. It is important to be aware of the way we talk for effective communication to take placeSmall talk is part of conversation and an effective wayto break the ice. An effective and engaging conversation is one that flows. There are techniques available to move a conversation along such as using repetition, asking for examples, asking for clarity and using summary questions.

Influencing others can assist in selling products and ideas and gaining help. We don’t have the power to control other people, but we can try to persuade them. One tool in doing this is by entering their world and looking at the position from another’s viewpoint.  Another tool is bridge building which is the process of enforcing similarity between people. Make the other person feel at ease by recognizing common interests and gaining their trust.

Although emotions can be powerful tools, people are not just made up of emotions. Some circumstances necessitate an application of the mind by using facts.

Some people fade into the background while others stand out. You have to be able to leave a lingering positive impression on the people that you meet. You want to make sure that you create a positive impact on other people.

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How to Effectively Manage Workplace Anxiety

How to Effectively Manage Workplace Anxiety

Everyone at some time feels out of place at work or anxious, it is only when these feelings control you and prevent you from functioning in your usual actions that it becomes a severe problem. When someone is suffering from workplace anxiety, productivity declines and they cannot contribute efficiently, which only adds to the fear and anxiety. It is important to identify the problem and managing it before it manages you.

Workplace anxiety has many faces such as general anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety and panic disorder. Symptoms can include the following:

  • Trouble in accepting negative feedback
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Irrational fears
  • Difficulty in focusing on responsibilities

Workplace anxiety affects everyone in a different way; therefore, it cannot be handled in precisely the same way. But there are many ways to improve your ability to deal with anxiety. Some examples are:

  • Positive thinking
  • Keeping a journal
  • Set up achievable goals
  • Have a “Me” place you can go
  • Make sure to get enough sleep
  • Talk with family and friends
  • Start small and build on to bigger challenges
  • Exercise and eating healthy

Anxiety will not just go away by merely disregarding the problem. It can only be ignored for so long. Even if the whole problem cannot be faced immediately, we can start accepting them as something we need to deal with today.

Everyone gets nervous now and then, such as finishing a project, taking a test, making a speech or teaching a class.  Nerves cause mild symptoms, but they do not encumber your performance. Anxiety goes beyond that, because the symptoms interfere with your capability to perform. It is important to be able to differentiate the two and is a significant step to managing anxiety symptoms successfully.

Anxiety is not just a feeling, but can be a physical disorder. The most frequent physical indications are queasiness, headaches, muscle spasms and an increased heart rate.

Anxiety can have positive characteristics linked with it as well. While the mental and physical symptoms can be debilitating at times, it can also alert us to something that is wrong and prepares our body for the fight or flight response.

Many triggers to anxiety can come on unexpectedly while others are expected and familiar. Knowing your own anxiety triggers can avoid them from occurring. If the trigger is not known, you may have to find ways to just find your feet around it. Some common triggers for people are:

  • Keeping feelings bottled up
  • The fear of the unknown
  • Trying to be perfect at all times
  • Public speaking

Unfortunately, there are times when anxiety can be too overpowering to resolve alone. Learn what your limits are and how to handle it on your own. There are self-help techniques and methods that will help you manage your anxiety, but sometimes you just have to realize that you need assistance and guidance from others in order to help yourself.

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How To Be a Strong Leader

How To Be a Strong Leader

The old saying goes that leaders are born, not made. But some leaders are made through adversity. Sometimes people who have never taken on a leadership role will lead when a situation necessitates it. Parenting is one example. The potential to be a leader exists in each and every one of us.

Once you have learned the methods of being a leader, you will find the self-belief it takes to be one. Experience also contributes to taking on a leadership role with ease. Taking the lead is not an easy task, but it becomes second nature and can be very satisfying.

Leadership is not about dictating to others, it is about is inspiring others into action. The world today is filled with people who are in leadership positions, but are not good leaders. Real leaders inspire others to stand up for a noble cause.

Influence is extremely powerful, yet very subtle. Someone can be ordered to do a specific task, but that does not mean that they will do their best. Inspiring others to do their best requires positive reinforcement as well as motivation by being an example. Leadership only speaks to the tasks at hand, while influence speaks to responsiveness and attitudes. Influence is the true essence of successful leadership.

Leadership Characteristics

Position and title does not make a good leader. These are only some of the characteristics that make a good leader.

  • Proficient
  • Truthful
  • Inspirational
  • Forward-looking
  • Open-minded
  • Intelligence
  • Courage
  • Broad-minded
  • Creative
  • Undemanding

When complications arise, a great leader does not blame his supporters even if they in fact have failed. A true leader addresses how to correct the problems.

Leadership is neither for the egotistical nor the hesitant. Self-confidence can often be misconstrued for arrogance. This should not hold you back though. Being honest and having integrity will be seen by others. Listen to criticism, whilst considering the source. If you personalize what others say about you, or ignore criticism through arrogance, you will lose respect, and thus their support.

Inspiring a collective vision is the true essence of leadership. But before conveying the vision, it has to be developed. You must be clear about your vision and live it so that others can model it. You must facilitate others to be responsible. But at the same time, do not criticize anyone for trying, but making a sincere mistake.

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Managing Change in Your Business

Managing Change in Your Business

Change is an unavoidable in most of our lives. Processes, technologies, ideas, methods and people frequently change; affecting the method we execute everyday responsibilities.

Change management has become an industry discipline, motivating results through modifications in behaviors and processes. Managing change is an important ability, both for employees and management.

It is essential to create and implement a plan consistent with the distinctive requirements of your business. The plan serves as the guiding outline, shaping decision and providing direction during the change process.

Change will always take place, and identifying its components on an individual level can help to transmit it to an organizational level. Organizational change can create uncertainty and apprehension, it is essential to understand these influences; preparing for when they occur and what is required when they do take place.

Reactions to Change

  • Resistance: There are constantly people resisting change. It is general and originates from an apprehension of the unfamiliar.
  • Denial: People may become unwilling to listen or reject any information presented to support the change.
  • Indifference: People may not care, or the change may not have an impact on their work or routines. Be cautious of this, as the change may be anticipated to have an impact.
  • Anger: When change happens, people may experience resentment. People might grow to be uncooperative at this time.

Assisting the Change Procedure

Being prepared for the change is crucial and provides a better opportunity of success. These strategies will assist in easing the change process.

  • Instruction: Educate everyone on the reasons for the change, and what the anticipated outcomes are. People want to know why a change is taking place
  • Communication: Communicate with everyone prior to, throughout and following the change. This will assist with any unexpected events that occur during change. It also helps learning which makes future changes smoother.
  • Flexibility: Not all events can be anticipated. Be prepared to update or adjust the existing plan.
  • Education: Be sure everyone is educated and up to speed with all material necessary for the change.
  • Acceptance: Changes normally have a constructive influence on those concerned, but acceptance may not occur straight away.
  • Affected Parties: It is particularly essential that the individuals involved in the change contribute to the change progression. They could provide feedback into the issue from a practiced point of view.

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