Let me start by confessing how much I enjoy food. I enjoy watching programmes about it, reading about it, anticipating it, cooking it and yes, I love eating it. So, it was inevitable that sooner or later food would somehow creep into my writing about management. Continue reading “Half-baked managers fail to pass on their skills”
There’s a lot written about how to make feedback constructive. It is, or at least should be, one of the first things new managers learn. But sometimes, even the most well-considered comments fall on deaf ears or provoke an unexpectedly strong reaction. Continue reading “I’m really not very interested in your feedback at the moment, thank you”
It would seem ridiculous to argue that one style of leadership is superior to all others. Different situations require different approaches, and most people accept that organisations actually benefit from diversity. But just how different can someone be, or do we still have a very narrow perception of what it takes to be a leader? Continue reading “Save us from leadership conformity!”
You want to attract the best possible candidates for your vacancy. You’ve prepared a detailed job description and person specification. You’ve put together an attractive reward and benefits package. You’ve included information about the organisation, its strategic vision, culture and achievements (or have this information easily accessible on the company website). You’ve highlighted the exciting career prospects and development opportunities available to staff. What could you possibly have forgotten? Continue reading “What’s missing from most job application packs?”
Talk to most people who have worked for any length of time, and they will have a bad boss story. It seems that bad bosses are everywhere. Perhaps it is just that the bad experiences stick in the memory, while good management is taken for granted and only exceptional cases get noticed.
No-one sets out to be a bad manager. This collection of great articles highlights the consequences of getting things wrong and provides guidance on becoming a better manager Continue reading “Five great articles about bad bosses”
Over the years, the term empowerment has become part of everyday management language. It has all the hallmarks of a winning concept: by giving individuals greater control over decisions that affect their work, they feel more engaged and fulfilled, and at the same time productivity and quality improve. What’s not to love? Continue reading “Empowerment – fool’s gold or the real thing?”
Over the last week, I have read many great blogs on leadership and management. Here is a selection of ones that particularly caught my eye. Continue reading “Five great management and leadership blogs”
Like most clichés, Peter Drucker’s much quoted distinction between management and leadership, has lost its original impact and to some extent meaning through repetition and being taken out of context. Continue reading “Management clichés: management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things”
In the past, when children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, traditional responses would include becoming a doctor, train driver, pilot and even explorer or astronaut. Our present fascination with celebrity has possibly moved the emphasis more onto becoming famous, whether as a pop-star, actor or perhaps just for being famous.
In any decade though, it is unlikely that manager would have been any child’s career of choice. Continue reading “A passion for management”
Over the years, a compelling case for abandoning the formal performance appraisal system has been established. Fred Nickols for example argues that it ‘devours staggering amounts of time and energy, depresses and demotivates people, destroys trust and teamwork and, adding insult to injury, it delivers little demonstrable value at great cost’. Continue reading “While we’re binning appraisal systems, let’s shred the SMART objectives too”