In defence of the Levy

By Professor Lynette Ryals

The Reform think-tank report – claiming the use of the Apprenticeship Levy for higher qualifications is a “mislabelling” of courses – feels like an outsider’s view, remote from the realities of business needs.

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What does the future hold for Generation Alpha?

By Professor Joe Nellis

We’ve become used to the trials and tribulations of Generations X, Y and Z as employees and consumers. But that’s nothing compared with the impact to come from Generation Alpha (children born since 2010). They will be something else.

More than 2.5 million Alphas are born every week and by 2025 there will be almost two billion of them. Born to digital technology like it’s a fifth element of nature, Alphas will be the wealthiest, the most intensely educated and most dynamic generation that...

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Barclays and Cranfield lead the way with first UK bank Master's Apprenticeship

By Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield University has partnered with Barclays to launch a Master’s Apprenticeship in Leadership, making the bank the first of its kind to offer this level of apprenticeship.

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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

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.

 

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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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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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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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