Business Management

Workers Earned £2,000 Less Than Thought Under Cameron

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics

Fresh evidence of Britain’s pay squeeze has emerged with new figures showing workers in small firms earned £2,000 less than previously thought unde...

Firms 'Could Be Forced To Pay Premium For Short-Notice Work'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK

Companies could be forced to pay a premium rate for short-notice work, the Government’s employment practice adviser has suggested. Matthew Taylor, w...

Let's Hear It For Gut Feel

Dominic Irvine | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Irvine

After the First World War, much work was done to find a way to measure fatigue but it was deemed such a subjective concept as to be impossible to develop any meaningful way of objectively measuring it.

30K Bank Staff And £1.5tn Of Assets Could Leave London After Brexit, Report Warns

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics

Up to 30,000 banking staff and £1.5trillion of assets could leave London after Brexit, according to a study published today. The stark warning comes ...

The 10 Most Ridiculous Excuses Employers Give For Not Paying Staff The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK

The most bizarre excuses given by employers for not paying their staff the minimum wage have been revealed. One person said his employee did not “de...

No 10 Accuses Unions Of Trying To Ruin Christmas

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics

Strikes by postal, rail and airport workers are “clearly designed” to ruin Christmas for the British public, Downing Street has claimed. Theresa M...

Are you thinking long-term enough?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Warren Buffet was once asked by Jeff Bezos a long time friend of his: "you are the second richest man in the world and yet you have the simplest investment thesis. How come others didn't follow this?" To which Warren Buffet responded: "because no one wants to get rich slowly"

The Art of Management by Doing Nothing

Joff Sharpe | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Joff Sharpe

But if no-one's in charge, how on earth does anything get done? Surely there is some penalty to fractional decision-making? Centralised authority isn't necessarily all that it's cracked up to be.

Leading Men vs. Leading Ladies - Do the Sexes Really Need Managing Differently?

Jo Manton | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Jo Manton

The question as to whether men and women require different management approaches is interesting, not least as it has been - certainly in contrast to comparisons between how men and women manage - little researched.

10 Steps to Turn Self-Reporting Into Reality, Not Just Wishful Thinking

Ian Beale | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

Do your managers routinely self-report control issues or do they still have the 'let's wait and see if the audit team finds it' attitude? The constan...

The 'Risk Ready' Workforce: Three Ways to Build a Strong Corporate Culture

Ian Beale | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

If poor employee behaviour is the most frequent root cause of misconduct, what can audit do to remediate the problem?

Data Overload: How Are You Managing Your Information Risk?

Ian Beale | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Tech
Ian Beale

As businesses seek new avenues for growth, creative uses of information are central to their strategies, and increasingly a source of competitive advantage. So much so that companies are now using the lexicon of "information management" as opposed to "technology management."

The Madness of Forced Ranking

Dominic Irvine | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Forced-ranking of employees means that all the employees within an organisation are compared or ranked against one another in order of performance. Then, using the statistical bell-curve specific numbers of employees are placed in categories ranging from: exceeds all expectations; exceeds expectations; meets expectations; partly meets expectations; fails to meet expectations.

Feedback for Starters

Dominic Irvine | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Ken Blanchard wrote "feedback is the food of champions". This eloquent summary of the power of feedback makes it difficult to understand why organisations do not invest more heavily in creating an environment rich in high quality feedback.

Virtually Successful

Dominic Irvine | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Whilst virtual team working suited everybody better in terms of the work/life balance we did not the mechanisms in place to work together virtually - we lost our mojo. During this time some of our best people left and I ended up buying out my business partner, our sense of connection, shared purpose and ability to address issues as a team had faded.

Goodwill Hunting - 10 Tips for a More Engaged Workforce

Dominic Irvine | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

What are you engaging people for? Engagement as a quest has lost its way; it has become separated from its original purpose, becoming an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Engagement needs a business focus, currently engagement seems to be for the sake of it rather than engagement to deliver a business result.

Teambuilding Events - Doing the Right Thing

Dominic Irvine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Over the years, we've worked with many, many teams - some of whom we were very thankful we not to have been a team member. More positively, other teams were so good we learnt more from them than any value we delivered...

Innovate Your Way to Success - Part 2

Dominic Irvine | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Dominic Irvine

After reading part 1 of this blog you will understand that I am an advocate of innovation being a habit in your business. You'll also know I'm into failing - lots. Being innovative means coming up with ideas that, in the first instance, will fail.

Innovate Your Way to Success - Part 1

Dominic Irvine | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Dominic Irvine

There is no escaping the need to innovate, changes in technology, consumer trends and what the competition is doing, mean you cannot afford to stand still. You need to be innovative in all aspects of your business, from how you recruit new talent to the products you develop, or even the way in which you manage maintenance.

The Power of Context

Dominic Irvine | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK
Dominic Irvine

You need to know something really important. Context drives behaviour. The way people are behaving in your business is a function largely of the context you have created.

Don't Bother With New Year's Resolutions!

Dominic Irvine | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Irvine

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when properly motivated. New Year and New Year resolutions are not the place to start.

In Our Uncertain World Executives Must Resist the Natural Urge to Command and Control

Sir Robert Fry | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK
Sir Robert Fry

Don't panic. That's the essential message business leaders need to take on board as the world's financial markets continue to go through unprecedented turmoil. Now is not the time to burden your staff with over-cautious risk controls.

What Are The Worst Business Sins For Bosses?

Posted 30.10.2011 | UK

Wondering why things aren't going so well in the new job? Chances are you've broken one of the "seven deadly business sins". Not surprisingly, sle...