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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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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01 Mar 2017
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Congratulations: The incredibly complex, accurate and thorough analysis, afforded by modern internet applications, recognizes that only the most impressive leaders read these blog posts from start to finish, and you are one of those impressive individuals! Praise and recognition is the number one tool at our disposal for releasing…

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15 Feb 2017
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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
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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
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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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