I appreciate that some readers will not be old enough to remember life without a mobile phone. But for those of us who are, it is interesting to reflect on what happened when we went on a development programme for a couple of days. How did we keep in contact with the workplace so that things didn’t fall apart in our absence?
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.
As part of her executive development Maya attended Cranfield’s High Performance Leadership programme, so we spent five minutes with her to discover her thoughts on the programme.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?”
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...