30 Nov 2017
The Production of Ideas

My recent work with groups of junior management has revealed a number of insights that I would like to share with you. The first of these concerns their abilities as developing managers. It is my observation that this generation of 25-35 year olds have great facility to learn and…

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26 Oct 2017
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I was asked recently if I had some material on what qualities a CEO should possess, I said that I did and I thought that I would share it more widely with you. We have done a good deal of work in this area and developed a generic Leadership…

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27 Sep 2017
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How many times will history repeat itself? Our human failings seem to be the only constant in a sea of change, technological advances, social change, political upheaval and warfare. While the lessons of history are well documented and available to us all, it seems that we ignore them or…

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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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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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