Management

Tips & advice to help you improve your performance

 

A Story That Describes Why Some Managers Are Successful

A lion is basking in the sun when a fox comes along, looking upset. “What’s wrong?” asks the friendly lion. “My watch is broken”, replies the upset fox. “Give it to me; I’ll fix it for you”, says the lion. “How can you fix it?”…

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Ineffective Managers – Now We Know Why

So…the secret is out. According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), almost half of managers believe their own bosses are ineffective. Of course, it depends on who you ask and what their current state is, but the UK survey of 4,500 managers showed that 43% described…

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How Do I Manage Someone Who Is More Knowledgeable Than Me?

We had an interesting question this week on our management course that opened up a good discussion on leadership. The question came from a new manager who had been promoted from among his peers and was now managing people who were much more knowledgeable and…

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Management Teams – Why They Succeed Or Fail

Effective teamworking is seen today as the key to success in many organisations. Meredith Belbin identified the characteristics of people needed to make up a successful team. His recommendations are still used today, so if you have to build a team, his ideas may well…

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Understanding the EFQM Excellence Model

The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model is based on the premise that excellent results with respect to performance, customers, people and society are achieved through partnerships, resources and processes. The model explains performance gaps and identifies improvement directions. I’ve used it a…

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Debunking The Myths of Management (Part 1)

How many books do you think have been published on management skills? A quick search on any bookseller’s site will tell you it would take a long time to get through the ones published this year, let alone all the tomes that have built the…

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I’ve Just Been Promoted To Manage My Old Team

This is an interesting dilemma because, on the face of it, you have been promoted to a new management position and you are delighted with all the excitement and nervousness that a new position like this brings you. On the other hand, you are concerned…

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The One Skill Managers Fail To Adopt

I’m fascinated by different styles that managers choose to adopt for various situations. Sometimes they will choose to be directive and take their mood out on team members; other times they will be jovial, have fun, delegate well and create a good atmosphere. People often…

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Deal With Absenteeism at the Roots

Absenteeism is a real bugbear in business today.UK workers have an average 10 days unscheduled absence from their jobs each year, around twice that of their counterparts in the US (5.5 days) and Asia-Pacific (4.5 days), but on a par with Western Europe (9.7 days).…

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News or No News? Rather, It’s How You Want Your News

The death of the British Newspaper, the News of the World, this week, opens not only a debate on ethics, but also a deeper one regarding the whole social media of news and news gathering. Fewer people today than ever actually read a newspaper. (more…)

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15 Things a Manager Won’t Say On Their Deathbed

We go through life sometimes with our heads spinning, and often feel like a hamster on one of the wheels in a cage. We climb the ladder of success, rung by rung, step by step, only to find when we reach the top that it’s…

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Keep Up To Date With The Bribery Act 2010

I’ve had a couple of chats with some business colleagues and it has surprised me how little thye knew about the new Bribery Act that came into force in April 2011. In fact one of them hadn’t actually heard of it, which may be worrying…

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