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Are you ready for new management?

What is new management? One of the problems with our current approach to management is that we treat team members as objects or just ‘resources’ that assigned to roles. We do this regardless of their individual competencies, personal preference or level of commitment. The traditional approach Many managers attend traditional management training, or have learned from […]

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Technical succession plan – do you have one?

  You do have a technical succession plan, don’t you? As a business owner, you don’t want to wake up one day to find that your precious, irreplaceable techie has…gone. For many businesses these days, losing a key technical person can spell disaster. Many techies have scarce skills. These skills include not just specialist technical skills, but also the skills in […]

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A Manager needs to know

No organisation can do without a manager of some sort, if it is to survive. An effective manager will save time, effort and costs, and ensure resources, e.g. people, are effectively utilised. In small organisations, the manager is often the overall business leader as well. To be effective as a manager or leader, it is […]

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8 Tips for Managers during the Olympics

Faster, Higher, Stronger!

Unless you’ve been holidaying on the moon or in a prison in darkest Africa, you will know that the Olympics are about to happen. With just a month to go until they start on 27th July, how are you going to cope with your team members turning up late, going AWOL or being glued to their twitter feed/mobile phone/office TV etc?

Here are some thoughts:

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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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The Power of Trust

Three and a half years ago, London became the greatest place on earth to be. Why, because we were hosts to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a London Ambassador volunteer manager, I was privileged to be part of it. I was based at Heathrow airport for three months and, it was while I was […]

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Trip hazards of an accidental manager

Some of us are born managers, some of us plan to become managers but many people become accidental managers. Perhaps you started your own business and were so successful that you have employed additional people. Or maybe you were great at your job as an expert, and then someone came along and promoted you to become […]

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Your workplace and other animals

Do you sometimes look at the people you work with and wonder why on earth they behave the way they do? Well, by comparing the way worplace behaviour of people relative to the way certain animals behave we hope to throw a little light on why we sometimes find other people’s workplace behaviour, well, bizzare! […]

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Long live New Management

Recently, I said that management is dead. Lots of people agreed with me. However, without some sort of management we will descend into anarchy and chaos. What we need is new management, with managers who think and act differently. We need new management with managers who: Think and act like a Facilitator In these modern […]

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Management is dead

“I hate my manager!” “Managers are a waste of space” “Management is failing”   Sounds familiar? One of the problems with our current approach to management is that we treat team members as objects or just ‘resources’ to be assigned to roles regardless of their individual competencies, personal preference or level of commitment. Many managers […]

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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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Networking for Managers

Effective networking can make a huge difference to your career prospects, both inside and outside your current role. Managers with good networking skills are seen as valuable to their organisations by bringing new knowledge and ideas. The ability to network well is an essential leadership skill – it adds value to you and your organisation. People who know how to network well have access to people, resources and information that will help them solve problems and create opportunities. This will enable you to enhance your value to your organisation and increase your access to potential opportunities outside your organisation.

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12 days of management christmas

On the twelth day of Christmas, my manager gave to me: twelve monthly one to ones Finally, even though you may see your team members every day and think you know what they are doing, almost all of them will appreciate a little ‘you’ time. It doesn’t have to be long – an hour is […]

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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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Management tips

As an experienced manager and management consultant, I’ve seen a whole range of management problems. Here are a few tips to help you with some of the more common questions. Please feel free to add to the list via comments. If you need help with a specific problem, please Email me. All email correspondence is treated as strictly confidential.

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Collaboration

iStock_000005993333XSmallI’m often asked, what is collaboration? According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster. There are lots of different ways to collaborate and over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the different ways you can collaborate and benefit your business.

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Better Team Performance

Better team performance is not about standing over your team with a big stick, but about clarity of purpose, encouragement and reward.

We live in hard times currently, with our teams of people struggling with no pay rises, limited bonuses (unless you’re a banker ) and longer hours – just to keep our businesses afloat. If you’re the manager of a team, you will know that a motivated team is a more productive team!

Here are some key ways you as a Manager can motivate YOUR team to better performance:

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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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Aim for success with great goals

by Jacqui Hogan   Why set goals? Goal setting is used by Olympic athletes, successful business managers and almost all high achievers to give them a clear long-term vision of what they want to achieve. Goals create motivation and help build your confidence. Goals should be clear As far as possible, define the goals in […]

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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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5 cheap ways to motivate your team

We live in hard times currently, with our teams of people struggling with no pay rises, limited bonuses (unless you’re a banker ) and longer hours – just to keep our businesses afloat. If you’re the manager of a team, you will know that a motivated team is a more productive team!

Continuing the theme of motivating people without having to spend too much money, here are 5 key ways you as a Manager can motivate YOUR team:

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Management Habit 5 – Listen!

A manager’s listening skills are key to team building, motivation, creating enthusiasm and mutual respect. It’s very easy for a manager to assume that they know everything, and that everyone understands what they mean. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Things Remarkable Managers Do   .

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