Tag: management development

Building Relationships – To Make Business Changes Easy

January 28, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Relationship building is a vital element of any manager’s activity. It has to be an incessant and pro-active behaviour which is – or becomes – the very essence of any manager’s personal style. When we work with change, it’s going to be challenging for our people to accept, so the relationships we have with them […]

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Under New Management

January 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

My football club has a new manager. So I set to thinking about just what he might be doing on his first day. Clearly, there will be a need to be introduced to all the key people on his team – and not just the players – so that he has at least got some […]

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Poor Management? This is Not a Solution!

January 11, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Happy New Year! OK, so after the hectic period of Christmas and New Year, I sort of forgot my usual Sunday evening activity of writing my newsletter. I knew it this morning and so I thought that I’d do it later on. As it happens, this was fortuitous, because there was a phone-in on Radio […]

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10 Things for Managers To Do With a Spare Hour

December 20, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

There are those times when you’ve got your management act together when you reach those ‘One Minute Manager’ (Ken Blanchard) moments. In the first book of the series (there are lots of great follow-ups), our star manager ensures that he’s able to spend a fair bit of time gazing out of the window because all […]

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Goals – Bring ‘Em On

December 13, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

For many managers, career development is about putting the hours in, developing performance and skills and then moving up the ladder when the opportunity comes along. The next rung to climb may, depending on the organization (and how organized they are) be structured to bring the best out of the potential that manager seems to […]

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Leadership Lessons Out of ‘The West Wing’

December 6, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Many of you will remember that I’m steadily working my way through the 7 seasons of ‘The West Wing’ boxed set. And so far, it’s not difficult to appreciate why so many Americans (and others) would readily take Jed Bartlett as their President. There are many aspects of Bartlett that are agreeable and none more […]

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Leading Others? Give Feedback!

November 22, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Ironically, it often feels easier not to give feedback. For most people, whatever their role, the concern with what can be seen to be a confrontation is so much easier to delay, prevaricate with and – in many cases – simply put off altogether. And that makes matters worse, almost every time. Here are three […]

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My Team Is Famous For…

November 15, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Getting great people to be in the team is one of the most rewarding tactics to help managers deliver the results demanded of them. Yet these ‘great people’ as employees can be so hard to find. Some managers have found the key to unlock creating a successful team, by ensuring that they get well known […]

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Who Is Running Your Show?

November 12, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

The best managers do what they are supposed to do. They lead and manage their people to deliver the outcomes that their role requires. Be this in a business that delivers products and services; an organization that is there to serve the public or maybe a not-for-profit body who do their best for those who […]

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Making Those Tough Decisions

November 1, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

As they say ‘the buck stops here’. For managers, there is nowhere to run when it’s time to make the hardest of decisions. And they need look no further for the biggest challenges they will face than with the personnel they have in their teams. Most often when decisions need to be made, as long […]

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