Adult Fun

Fun at work

This is hard work Writing a blog is no picnic It takes research; I have to read to get new ideas It is tedious; how do you get a single idea down to a clear concise point? It is boring; editing, editing and re-editing — particularly with my penchant for typos Ideas don’t suddenly materialise […]

Is it Five O’Clock Yet?

5 o clock

It’s Friday.  The weekend is nearly upon us, be honest, work is not uppermost on your mind at this precise moment in time. So to help you slide into the weekend here are 5 articles you really should read.  Think of it as management education…  Not wasting your time surfing the web. 1.  Can Japanese […]

Are You a Management Chicken or Egg?

Management Chicken

Boot Camp In the early 1980′s the Israeli army ran a combat command course. Every 15 weeks, one hundred trainee soldiers were allocated to one of four instructors and then, for  3 months, they received 16 hours of instructor / trainee contact every single day. I’d have never lasted in the army. The experiment Two psychologists […]

Teamwork

Teamwork

It is easy to set up a team… You take a bunch of people, put them in a room, give them a simple task and tell them to crack on with it. Setting up a team is easy. But teamwork is a different matter Teamwork needs: An understanding of strengths An admission of weaknesses Openness […]

Watch Your Back

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An apocryphal tale ~ a story of doubtful authenticity ~ There was a football tournament, a very important one, something a bit like the World Cup… The first match England played Italy.  The Italians won comfortably.  The English were left humiliated and strong action was demanded.  So the coach was fired, he was accountable, someone else was given […]

Altruism

altruism

I have been on a self-help course My boss insisted on it… It was really very good, lots of interesting insights, most of it you know already: If you eat a full fried breakfast expect to feel sluggish all morning Exercise gives you energy Spending more than you earn will leave you broke Sometimes having […]

How to be a Better Manager

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I’ve been on a management course I was told that there are only 4 things you need to worry about if you want to be a good manager: Provide a clear direction.  Ensure everybody knows where they are supposed to be going. Give people space.  Stand back and let them go in the direction you […]

Is Your Platform Really Burning?

Burning Platform

You know this already… We respond to change differently.  There are lots of different categorisations, but we are usually described in groups a bit like this… Dangerous to know — The gung-ho mob, they will try anything.  A bit like my idiot brother. Have a go – Once they see that the coast is clear, they are […]

Good Leaders Make you Feel Safe

Simon Sinek

I’ve got a new toy I can hit a button on my browser and publish things that I find on the web. So I thought I’d give it a try… Here is a TED talk by Simon Sinek.  He discuss good leadership and what he sees in modern organisations.  There was one quote that particularly hit home… If […]

Leadership and the God Problem

Leadership

A little question In his book Good To Great, Jim Collins poses a small but very interesting question: What is the key to organisational excellence?  Why do some businesses thrive whilst others bumble along at the most mediocre of levels? The answer is obvious…  Leadership If you have an operations problem you need better leadership Profit problem – […]