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Failures in Leadership

January 28th, 2013 // 9:34 am @

Failures in leadership are often the cause of companies not delivering the returns shareholders expect, or even ceasing to trade completely. Even where the company is facing issues not directly caused by poor leadership, a good Leader will be more able to deal with the issues than a poor one. Research undertaken by Dr Robert […]

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Group Delusion

December 18th, 2011 // 10:54 am @

There are in companies as in life, relatively few truly important decisions. Understanding which decisions are the important ones and making sure they are answered correctly is critical to the success of any enterprise. Human nature however does not naturally do well with making the really big decisions, or even admitting their existence. We will […]

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Is it time to let the ladies take over?

September 29th, 2011 // 4:50 pm @

Traditional stereotypes portray women as the more emotional gender, and therefore less able to deal with business decision making under stress. Research undertaken by Dr. Coates, a Neuroscientist at Cambridge University suggests the exact opposite may be true. The doctor’s work looked at traders on various market trading floors and their reaction to success and […]

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Carrot or Stick Management

September 27th, 2011 // 4:42 pm @

Recent extensive research commissioned by LRN (www.LRN.com) looked at the style of management within companies from the board room to the shop floor. They broke down management style into three categories: Command and Control – 43% of respondents viewed their organization in this way. Top down / Skilled Management – 54% thought their company had […]

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Why Political Will Matters

August 10th, 2011 // 5:41 pm @

We live in dangerous economic times; many of the world’s major economies are in recession, and have associated financial problems. The two major world currencies, the Dollar and the Euro are under immense pressure. In these difficult times we need good, and preferably great governments. What most countries need now are governments who can achieve […]

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Effective Decision-Making

August 2nd, 2011 // 5:38 pm @

Managers are ultimately paid to make decisions, but interestingly they rarely get training on how to make good decisions, and the process for good decision-making is too rarely even discussed. Several key things negatively influence negatively on effective decision- making. Acting Quickly to Calm our Stress When faced with a difficult issue, we suffer with […]

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Managing Outcome V’s Activity

May 31st, 2011 // 8:17 am @

Does this sound like a business you know? Frantically busy managers, complaining they are over worked. Managers complaining that they have to do everything themselves Staff who look disinterested in the company and their jobs. Key things not getting done, with a sense of disorganization. Well, if this reminds you of a company you know […]

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Why don’t People do what I told them too?

May 21st, 2011 // 7:47 pm @

I was working with the owner of a company recently who bemoaned to me “I told my staff what to do, why are they not doing it?” It is a common managerial issue across all kinds of organizations that managers tell their staff what to do, and staff don’t do it. This often leads managers […]

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How a lack of strategy impacts staff

May 1st, 2011 // 5:00 pm @

Most employees in most companies spend a great deal of time moaning about the company that they choose to spend 35 hours a week at? And senior managers spend an equal amount of time complaining about the staff they choose to pay many thousands of dollars a month too. Seems odd? Too often the root […]

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Happy Staff – Is it Important?

April 4th, 2011 // 3:51 pm @

When we talk of improving work environments we tend to think of comfortable chairs, ergonomic desks and possibly a potted plant, as the things we need to improve if we want to get the best from our co-workers. These environmental issues are important; primarily to stop staff being uncomfortable or injured as they work, but […]

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