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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How successful people deal with workplace stress

By Dr Paul Hughes

Economic uncertainty caused by politicians wrestling with the largest peacetime intergovernmental restructure since the Second World War (Brexit, in case you haven’t guessed), a rapidly changing work environment and demographic shifts unseen at any time in history, means that the business world can seem a frightening and hostile place.

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#BeBoldForChange: Unleashing women’s leadership potential

By Kassia Gardner

International Women's Day is a vehicle for change to help forge a better, more gender inclusive world. In 2016, organisations and individuals were invited to support the #PledgeForParity campaign which committed to helping women, and girls, achieve their ambitions, challenge bias, advocate gender-balanced leadership, value women and men's contributions equally and create inclusive cultures. On Wednesday 8 March 2017 International Women's Day are asking you to #BeBoldForChange and to “take...

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Effective Executive Development - 15 fundamentals for creating mind-set shift

By Mark Threlfall & David Deegan

A distinctive part of Executive Development is the need to look at mind-set rather than just skills. Einstein is famously quoted as having said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

Whilst we all can, and should, learn new skills right the way through our lives, when we reach positions of senior responsibility within an organisation, the manner in which we approach business challenges becomes increasingly important. Rather than the focus being on what...

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Innovation in service businesses: the ‘secret sauce’ of innovation leadership

By Dr Bob Lillis & Steve Macaulay

For service operations, innovation is obviously important. It can enable service organisations to raise quality and productivity levels, meet changing customer needs, and overcome superior competitor offerings. But those service organisations looking to develop innovation leadership face a number of challenges—some obvious, some less so.

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New leadership competencies for corporate sustainability

By Professor David Grayson

Sustainability is one of those ubiquitous words, which can also be very slippery, as different people understand the word differently.

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How men matter for gender parity

By Professor Elisabeth Kelan

The rarity of women in senior leadership positions is regularly lamented. It is now well understood that a key problem lies in the so-called feeder pipeline for leadership positions where women often get stuck. However changing this pipeline requires organisational cultures to change. Culture change can only happen if gender change initiatives not only focus on women; they must engage men. Men form the majority of leaders in organisations and as such have a central role to play when it comes...

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