Category Archives: Management Articles

Managing Your Emotions

Good managers, it is often said, must keep their emotions out of any situation. But research shows that suppressing your negative emotions is likely to make things worse rather than better. When we try to suppress our emotions the amygdala, which is the brain’s emotional centre, is actually stimulated. So rather than suppressing our negative…
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Improving Team Productivity

Talk to anyone in work and they will tell you that they are busy. Yet there has been much coverage in the recent press, on TV and on the radio about the latest ONS statistics that the productivity of the UK workforce is too low. Indeed, the official statistics show that other G7 countries are…
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How to be a Manager

Here is a “tongue in cheek” look at some common management mistakes. We are sure that you would never do these! (more…)
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Using Money As An Incentive

My sister has three children and, like all mums, wanted them to get good grades. She resorted to monetary incentives to motivate them to do well. Reflecting back on what she did got me thinking about using money incentives at work. Incentive schemes are becoming an increasingly popular way of motivating employees to achieve superior…
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Managing the Maverick

Being a good team player is considered a positive characteristic by many managers. But many highly talented individuals often have “flaws” that make them “mavericks” when it comes to team work. How should the manager integrate such people into their team? (more…)
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Feedback for Managers

Feedback is crucial for improving your personal performance. Handled correctly it can be a powerful motivator. Whilst many managers are usually OK about giving critical feedback to their direct reports, they are often less comfortable when they themselves are receiving it. However, unless you learn how to receive feedback as well as give it you…
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Managing Generation Y

Generation Y employees are defined as those aged 30 years and under. Older managers can find it difficult to understand and manage this age group. The values and motivations of the different generations are often poles apart. As a result there is often a large gulf between how Gen Y employees are currently managed and…
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Talent, Teamwork & Trust

I like to watch many different types of team sports. I see many parallels with how the captains of the sports teams I follow lead their teams to success with how business managers can help their work teams to succeed. But I have to confess that cricket does not feature on my top ten list…
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Supporting The Next Generation of Leaders

A successful manager makes decisions that affect their team, and their output, but a successful leader makes decisions that will affect the company’s future. Are you doing enough to support this transition from tactical manger to strategic leader? (more…)
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Are Your Staff Happy?

Managers know that happy and engaged staff are more productive. If your staff are unhappy and not engaged , your organisation will suffer. You will have higher staff turnover and absenteeism, increased recruitment costs, lower productivity and lower profitability. Recent occupational surveys shed light on some of the important factors that make staff happy. (more…)
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