23 Aug 2017
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This rather gloomy prediction may not be the most uplifting thing you read today so you will have to draw on some of the special magic that all true managers have, your perseverance and drive. What do I mean by this and how should we respond? I live in…

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26 Jul 2017
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“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends”. – Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth Let’s talk content. I wonder how many hours of your life you have used up sitting through a PowerPoint presentation? Let’s speculate that most…

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29 Jun 2017
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Hands up those of you who have someone in your team with a BIG personality. OK, that’s most of you. For most of the time these people are great to have around, they bring dynamism, fun, character and drive into the business. These big personalities also bring other influences,…

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07 Jun 2017
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It is said that children thrive in a structured environment and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this is broadly true. Even the so called ‘Happy Clappy’ schools have significant structures around both the happy and the clappy and are rather disciplined about when each should be…

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24 May 2017
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During this past year I have been working with several management groups who have been taking their respective companies through a profound change programme. In two of the businesses there is little past evidence of devolved decision making – one has been led by an owner manager and the…

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10 May 2017
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In 1916 Henry Fayol published his book – “Administration Industrielle et Générale” – and in 2017, 101 years later, it was brought to my attention by Amanda Epps. Ms Epps brought this to a management seminar as an example of extra-curricular reading around the subject of management and leadership….

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26 Apr 2017
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Broad operating principles, which could apply to anyone in any organisation, exist to provide guidance in decision-making. Also to help others to understand fully what type of behaviour is expected of them and how they could contribute more fully to the business. Broad principles of this kind include: We…

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12 Apr 2017
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Think forward from now to the end of your career. Between now and then, how much time will you spend in meetings? It is possible that a manager and leader might spend 1500 hours each year in meetings. Over ten years that amounts to almost two whole years of life!!!!…

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29 Mar 2017
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When you have difficult decisions to communicate in the coming weeks, remember to: Recognise the continued contribution of the person/group involved – build their confidence and courage Get straight to the point and communicate the decision/bad news. (Demand the utmost of yourselves in this) Demand the utmost of others – by…

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15 Mar 2017
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If you watch leaders at work, a number of attributes and skills can be observed. The first and foremost is the ability to envisage the future and how it might be different, with this comes the ability to understand the external environment enough to translate trends and predictions into…

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