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Fit for Porpoise?

Why assessing managers should not be like a hippopotamus. Can you tell a porpoise from a dolphin?  Probably not and nor can I.  So what do we know?  More importantly, if you employ managers, what do they know and what are they capable of? And here’s the thing.  Every business is ultimately reliant on the...

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Why assessing managers should not be like a hippopotamus. Can you tell a porpoise from a dolphin?  Probably not and nor can I.  So what do we know?  More importantly, if you employ managers, what do they know and what are they capable of? And here’s the thing.  Every business is ultimately reliant on the…

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When to One to One

When to One to One If you have a bone but keep it hidden your dog is not unhappy but you are disadvantaged because only dogs with bones are the happiest most productive dogs. If you put a person in the role of manager and failed to tell them what to do and how to...

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When to One to One If you have a bone but keep it hidden your dog is not unhappy but you are disadvantaged because only dogs with bones are the happiest most productive dogs. If you put a person in the role of manager and failed to tell them what to do and how to…

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The Management Apprentice – A learning revolution 90% funded by UK Government!

An opportunity for smart employers to engage in a people development revolution has arrived in the unlikely form of apprenticeships.  Well unlikely to those of us who regarded apprenticeships as a development route for young people who needed an alternative to academia. Think of the broad concept of an apprenticeship – a learning process through...

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An opportunity for smart employers to engage in a people development revolution has arrived in the unlikely form of apprenticeships.  Well unlikely to those of us who regarded apprenticeships as a development route for young people who needed an alternative to academia. Think of the broad concept of an apprenticeship – a learning process through…

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Four Steps Beyond Team

Don’t stop now just because you’ve built a team! A great interview question for a prospective manager is, ‘What would you do to turn a group of colleagues into a team?’ and a satisfactory answer will contain references to coaching, delegation, empowerment and performance management. An even better question would then be, ‘And what next?’...

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Don’t stop now just because you’ve built a team! A great interview question for a prospective manager is, ‘What would you do to turn a group of colleagues into a team?’ and a satisfactory answer will contain references to coaching, delegation, empowerment and performance management. An even better question would then be, ‘And what next?’…

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We would be crazy not to check the ability and actions of our managers wouldn’t we?

Why assess your managers? Because you want to improve the performance of your business. When you write down all the things you need a manager to do it’s a surprisingly long list. We would be crazy not to check the ability and actions of our managers against that list wouldn’t we? How else can we help...

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Why assess your managers? Because you want to improve the performance of your business. When you write down all the things you need a manager to do it’s a surprisingly long list. We would be crazy not to check the ability and actions of our managers against that list wouldn’t we? How else can we help…

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How to Manage Poor Attitudes and Negativity in the Workplace

Did you know that poor attitudes at work can negatively affect many things such as performance, decision-making, creativity, turnover, teamwork, and leadership? This infographic by Quill reveals how to identify and conquer workplace attitudes for both employees and employers.

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Did you know that poor attitudes at work can negatively affect many things such as performance, decision-making, creativity, turnover, teamwork, and leadership? This infographic by Quill reveals how to identify and conquer workplace attitudes for both employees and employers.

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Feeling Stressed?

Better management skills will help you and the performance of your firm. Last year findings from a report by The Law Society showed that 96% of respondents reported stress that impacted on their day-to-day life and health. The recently published 2016 Quality of Working Life report by the Chartered Management Institute found that effective management...

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Better management skills will help you and the performance of your firm. Last year findings from a report by The Law Society showed that 96% of respondents reported stress that impacted on their day-to-day life and health. The recently published 2016 Quality of Working Life report by the Chartered Management Institute found that effective management…

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Managing change: a critical skill for managers to master

Managing change tests the mettle of managers at all levels. Change is constant and this adds up to a fast-moving and complex environment where organisational resilience is key and to be an effective manager you need to be adept at handling change.  Change can be both positive and negative.  Harnessing the motivational power of positive...

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Managing change tests the mettle of managers at all levels. Change is constant and this adds up to a fast-moving and complex environment where organisational resilience is key and to be an effective manager you need to be adept at handling change.  Change can be both positive and negative.  Harnessing the motivational power of positive…

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Managing and motivating high performing teams

The key to managing and motivating a team of individuals in a professional services firm is to gain their respect and co-operation. You achieve this by demonstrating managerial qualities such as being seen to be fair, firm, rigorous, enthusiastic, humble and warm.  These characteristics build the confidence of your team in you as a leader....

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The key to managing and motivating a team of individuals in a professional services firm is to gain their respect and co-operation. You achieve this by demonstrating managerial qualities such as being seen to be fair, firm, rigorous, enthusiastic, humble and warm.  These characteristics build the confidence of your team in you as a leader….

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Creating and recruiting for high performing teams

A characteristic of successful professional services firms is that they are made up of many high performing teams, be that at a practice and sector level or on a smaller scale for client accounts, individual projects and initiatives. Whilst people might, by temperament, be quite individualistic in their outlook, many client matters depend on a...

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A characteristic of successful professional services firms is that they are made up of many high performing teams, be that at a practice and sector level or on a smaller scale for client accounts, individual projects and initiatives. Whilst people might, by temperament, be quite individualistic in their outlook, many client matters depend on a…

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