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What is a Manager?

When I tell people I mentor managers, after asking ‘what is a Mentor,’ the next question usually is “what is a Manager”. If you read the various groups here in LinkedIn, you might be forgiven for thinking that a Manager is a poorly skilled, pen pushing, process follower, who is  disrespected by his team. But […]

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Learning from disaster

It was a monday, and for the first few moments of my arrival into the office, it seemed an ordinary day. The sun was shining, our receptionist smiled as I walked towards the lift and all seemed calm. As I set down my briefcase next to my chair and turned on my laptop computer, I noticed a small huddle of people a few desks away. Murmurs of ‘…where’s the data?…’ and ‘…it doesn’t appear to be there…’ reached my ears.

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Common Management Problems and Solutions

by Jacqui Hogan These are a selection of common management problems that seem to come up over and over again.  Managing innovation Q: “My ideas never seem to get anywhere because of bureaucracy and an aversion to risk.  How can I persuade other people that new ideas are not always dangerous and can actually be […]

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Growth Vouchers

UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!

I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.

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Malware extortion – don’t be a victim!

Before you think ‘this must be another hoax’ , unfortunately it isn’t. I’ve seen this nasty attack twice in the last week, and the effect is nothing short of a disaster. The first you will know about it having got onto your system will be:
• You open a file, and find it is gobbledegook
• You get a large red message telling you that your files are now all encrypted, and you must pay a $300 ‘ransom’ for the unencryption code within (usually) 72 hours.

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7 worries managers have about remote working

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Where’s my team?

With all the technology we have available these days, you would be forgiven for thinking that managers would welcome a request from a team member to work from home in a more flexible way. But, as you have seen from recent news from Yahoo and others, even companies who spend a lot of money on making remote working possible, are now pulling people back into the office.

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8 things Managers can learn from managing Olympic volunteers

London 2012 was considered to be huge success, both in terms of our athletics prowess and ability to recruit and manage a vast army of volunteers.Managing such a large army of volunteers is a huge challenge. Especially when most of the Managers were themselves volunteers. There is much talk of our legacy, but what can we learn as managers from how the volunteers were managed?

This is what I learned from being a volunteer Manager.

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