Management Models

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The Capability Maturity Model

Today’s management model is a little more complex than some of the others we have looked at. The Capability Maturity Model, also referred to as CMM, is sort of like a “Best Practices” model for the Information Technology industry. I’m sure you’re familiar with software…

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What is Force Field Analysis?

Force field analysis is another great management model, originally developed by a man by the name of Kurt Lewin in order to come up with a solution for diagnosing new situations. Specifically, the goal was to find creative ways of dealing with the usual resistance…

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The Directed Creativity Cycle

The Directed Creativity Cycle is an interesting theory regarding how we observe and work within the world. This particular management model explores how business persons combine both creative and analytical thinking skills to generate new ideas that can be applied to life situations. Each and…

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Levels of Culture

According to Edgard Schein, one of the reasons we have difficulty facilitating learning within an organisation is because we do not properly understand the levels of culture within each learning group. As managers we must have a firm grasp on what it means to be…

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The Development Cycle

No matter what career path you’ve chosen, as a professional you need to have a clear understanding of exactly what steps you’ll take in order to further enhance your capacity for success. In doing so, you must create what is known as a professional development…

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The Kolb Learning Cycle

Today we’re going to continue with our exploration of the various types of management models available by taking a look at the Kolb learning cycle. According to David Kolb, there are four main stages to any learning cycle. When all four stages are met, an…

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The Honey and Mumford Learning Cycle

Let’s be honest. There is no way you’re going to be lucky enough to develop a team of employees in which every member has the exact same learning style. Therefore, you must be able to adapt your training methods so that they resonate within each…

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The Hertzberg Motivational Theory

As a manager, you’ll want to ensure that your employees are as productive as possible and in order to be productive they must feel motivated. The Hertzberg Motivational Theory, developed by Frederick Hertzberg, is actually a very simple and realistic view of how employees are…

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Growing Winners

You’ve probably heard some variation on this saying before. “Winners are not born – they’re made.” This comment is usually followed with a speech about hard work, dedication, and perseverance. As a manager, you may spend hours choosing your team members and formulating plans for…

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IT Services Management

Often times we’ll spend time reviewing our salesmen and customer service representatives, but we forget that the services of those performing strictly internal work must be measured for effectiveness as well. The IT Services Management assessment, otherwise known as ITSM, was developed to ensure that…

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The 16PF Management Model

You may have experienced something similar to the 16PF while you were in school. The 16PF is an assessment tool designed to review 16 key areas of your personality and are used for a variety of reasons. Often times the 16PF assessment is used to…

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The Project Cycle

Often times a project will be presented to you when it is in the “infancy stages.” In other words, you’re given an idea or a concept but you are expected to make a plan and implement it on your own. Knowing how the project cycle…

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