Developing your 'forgotten' people

By Camilla Jonsson

How do organisations develop their huge, often diverse, population of middle to senior managers? Remembering these 'forgotten people' can be the tipping-point to take an organisation on to greater success.

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5 minutes with Maya Joseph-Hussain: My High Performance Leadership experience

By Kassia Gardner

Maya attended Cranfield’s High Performance Leadership programme, so we spent five minutes with her to discover her thoughts on the programme.

 

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Procurement Talent: an Expanding Portfolio

By Dr Soroosh Saghiri

The procurement profession plays an increasingly strategic role in organisations. Today, procurement professionals are involved in a wider range of business processes, and have a higher level of contribution to the organisation’s strategic decisions. Their performance is also monitored more closely by the top management.

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Helping leaders to do leadership, in an uncertain world

By Professor David Denyer & Professor Kim Turnbull James

These are exceptional times—and few business leaders can honestly say that they saw them coming. From Brexit to protectionism, and from mass migration to the financial crisis, things weren’t supposed to turn out like this.

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The dark side of performance measurement

By Dr Andrey Pavlov

Just a couple of years ago, Lloyds Banking Group was fined a record £28m for operating a system of targets and incentives that drove their staff to engage in a multitude of harmful and dysfunctional behaviours. First, Lloyds promised the market analysts it would double the number of customers. This was then translated into a “sell or be demoted” plan for the Group’s employees, which placed them into a system of tiers based on sales volume. For a middle manager, falling by one tier would...

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Managing Talent: Building a talent pipeline

By David Deegan

There is a plethora of discussion around how retaining talent and generating staff loyalty is best achieved when there is alignment between the values of an individual and the values of an organisation.

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Managing Talent: Answers to two frequently asked questions

By David Deegan

Following on from the recent blog on Managing Talent: How to encourage your workforce to manage their career here are the two questions I am most frequently asked.

Employees ask me “How do I turn down the offer of a ‘perfect opportunity’ without damaging my career?”

Managers ask me “But what if by encouraging them to do all this thinking about their career, they realise they want to leave?”

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Playing games at work? Why business simulations can help you to run your business without wasting money or resources

By Karen Valverde

What can help you to run a business without wasting money or resources?

Thirty two years ago in 1985, an article appeared in the Financial Times crowning the latest winners of the UK’s National Management Championship, a simulation competition that challenged teams from businesses across the country to make the biggest profit with a fictional enterprise. At the time, the government secretary presenting the prizes said “’in survey after survey, British managers at almost all levels have been...

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How do great leaders derive their power?

By Dr Dominik Heil

There are many different forms of leadership power, but what distinguishes great leaders from average managers?

The answer is that great leaders see things differently to everyone else.

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Managing Talent: How to encourage your workforce to manage their career

By David Deegan

“So where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”

This is a question that all of us have probably been asked at some point in our career. Some of us will have asked that question of others.

So why do leaders and managers ask that question during review conversations? From my experience, working with leaders who are trying to grow and manage their talent pipeline, it is often used as a means to ascertain aspirations, interests and satisfaction. Yet it isn’t actually a very helpful question.

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