15 Feb 2017
15_02

Ask 5 managers what they think of the appraisal system within their venture and you might get 5 replies, all different and varying from reluctant acceptance to outright dismissal. Part of the problem is the system itself, often containing tick boxes and forcing judgments on aspects of a person’s…

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31 Jan 2017
31_01

I imagine that you could remember a number of encounters that changed the way that you think and behave, these may have been in a social context or in your business life, what they will share will be in the vivid recollection more that the content – that will…

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21 Dec 2016
leadership-leaves-the-room

Following several posts about leadership and the potential differences with management, here is another perspective. It could be said that leadership only ever exists between an individual and their followers. This idea survives scrutiny in many differing contexts, religious, commercial, political and educational and so may be reasonable and…

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07 Dec 2016
leadership_management

Aside for the question “are leaders born or made?” questions about potential differences between leadership and management seem to be the most resistant to definitive answers. I thought I might enter the ring on this one and do a bit of shadow boxing with the subject. Purpose Firstly, while…

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23 Nov 2016
self-awareness

In order to be able to carry out our responsibilities effectively, we need to develop a management style, which is not simply reactive.  And this is not easy, because our ‘survival instinct’ teaches us to react with caution or defensiveness to any new or unexpected development, whether in a…

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09 Nov 2016
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E-mail can be one of the biggest thieves of management time.  The objective of management should be to reduce it to essentials and to secure its effectiveness in both form and content. As with other forms of communication, our attitude determines our success. Preparation – in whom is the…

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26 Oct 2016
commitment-and-understanding

The final frontier that has to be breached by all business communication, is the commitment of the other party to your proposition. The other party of course is a person (or group) that has their own agenda, interests and distractions and may be resistant or ambivalent to your ideas….

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12 Oct 2016
your-legacy-and-reputation

Your legacy At some time in the future, you will almost certainly be appointed to a new position and no doubt focus all your energy on creating a good start. You will ‘Govern Change’, re-organise, look for new ideas and create fresh initiatives and wonder why your predecessor did…

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28 Sep 2016
promotion

One of the early tests of a leader and manager is to recruit or promote someone to a position of responsibility. It requires many of the communication skills of management, an understanding of the consequences of promoting one member of a team (tactical thinking) and an understanding of how…

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14 Sep 2016
organic-or-technical

There are 5 fundamental categories of business meetings, if you distil all of them down to their essence, they are: The recruitment meeting The appraisal and/or development meeting The business progress meeting The reprimand meeting The dismissal meeting These categories contain several types of meetings. For example, the business…

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