How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

A good leader will know exactly how to get each member of staff motivated. Remember we all have different drivers so the one-size-fits-all approach isn't a good one to take. Take the time to understand what makes each person tick and what sort of managerial approach they respond best to.

Encouraging Entrepreneurial Spirit in your Team is Key to Success

Michelle Wright | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

The entrepreneurial spirit is often difficult to define. If we take the word 'entrepreneur' in its literal context, its French roots could be defined as "between jobs" - and the 'in-between-ness' of the word's original meaning is interesting.

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

What the Future CEOs Look Like

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

There are thousands, if not millions, of theories and ideas about leadership and what a good leader, whom in business referred as CEO, would look like.

Challenge the Way You Think

Dominic Irvine | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

The company wanted to run a development programme - but money was tight. They needed to keep the accommodation costs as low as possible. Whilst we understood this, we didn't want to create a 'cheap-skate' feel to the event. How then to proceed?

Stand Up for Better Meetings

Dominic Irvine | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Stand up for better meetings Not so smart It's not as if we didn't notice: The 'smart' phone vibrated on the table as each message arrived. The sequ...

10 Ways to Maintain Your Work-life Balance

Martin Bjergegaard | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Bjergegaard

Whatever your job, chances are you find it hard to switch off. Today, we work longer hours, at weekends, at home and on the move. The office is only ever a click away via smartphones and the Internet. We're pre-programmed to think this is the price of success, but it doesn't have to be.

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

It would seem Britain is a nation of business leaders in waiting - nearly 40% of Brits are frustrated in their current roles, believing that they could do a better job than their boss. It's perhaps unsurprising that self employed figures currently at their highest levels ever in the UK and still rising, reflecting both the economy and the entrepreneurial spirit in the UK right now.

Ten Principles for Good Wealth Management

Spiros Margaris | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Spiros Margaris

The important question that family offices must constantly ask themselves: "Is our wealth management good wealth management?" Can the partners (asset managers, specialists) satisfy the requirements stated in the Ten Principles for Good Wealth Management?

Stereotyping Your Leaders Is Just Bad for Business

Jo Manton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Jo Manton

Recent years have seen rising concern about the relative absence of women in leadership, with businesses being urged to acknowledge the benefits of a 'female' style of leadership. So what are the effects of such stereotypical views of leadership traits? And are they detrimental not just to women, but to men - and to organisations?

Five Ways to Gain a More Positive Work Outlook This January

Louise Aston | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Aston

January is typically the month where workers across the UK are supposedly feeling most anxious and downcast about the challenges of the coming year. Some claim that 'Blue Monday', which reportedly fell this week, is the moment at which our optimism is at its lowest level.

Management Needs a Makeover for 2014

Ann Francke | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Ann Francke

The truth is, management needs a makeover for 2014 if new year optimism is to translate into long-term growth. We're facing two key challenges: the rapid pace of workplace change, and a mismatch between what managers need to be good at and what they are actually good at.

Reading This Can Make You Rich in 2014

Malcolm Bell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

People don't really read, but if they did, they could be a lot richer. I have realised that downloading a new book to my kindle, isn't the same as actually reading it. (Does anyone else do this?)

Best Business Books 2014 - My Top 5

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

These 'best' business books, are maybe not the 'best', as in 'best sellers', but the 'best' in the sense of great books that have been recommended to me that are particularly useful, insightful and relevant for anyone who works in the business world.

Could Buddhism Help Your Business?

Beth Burgess | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

The goal of Buddhism is ultimately to achieve enlightenment, but along the pathway to awakening, there are many useful lessons about how to operate ethically and effectively in the world.

Don't Ditch Your Ethics: Company Values Are the Key to Success

Charlie Mowat | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

Taking the CMI's research on board, there is clearly still a way to go in the business world in terms of leadership and good company values, but I believe that increasingly, people will realise what I have - that the rewards of nurturing an ethical culture in your business are potentially great.

Using Insights From Behavioural Economics to Redesign Executive Compensation

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jon Jachimowicz

Not a week goes by without yet another story which describes how executive managers have abused their compensation, most notably income generated via target-dependent bonuses. Ranging from investment bankers to insurance brokers, the public opinion has generally converged on the fact that the remuneration of top employees requires redesign.

Seven Lessons Businesses Can Learn from Manchester United

Ken M Allen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ken M Allen

Manchester United is not just a football club. It's bigger than that. It's a global brand that inspires emotion and commands respect. That's the result of its great footballing legacy. But behind that legacy is years of hard work and professionalism from a committed team of backroom staff.

What Can We Learn From Football Managers?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Dr Steve McCabe

There can be little argument that Alex Ferguson's tenure at Manchester united will be remembered as one in which he took a club that was still trading on past glories ("all fur coat and no knickers") and fashioned it a brand that was dominant on and off the pitch.

The Art of Engagement

Ken M Allen | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Ken M Allen

Technology, management studies, financial analysis, research and "big data" have all contributed to an environment today where just about every aspect of performance can be measured to the nth squared degree.

Are Women in Leadership Afraid to Laugh?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

One businesswoman I know has made 'hearing laughter' a KPI among her teams. This isn't just whimsy: happiness as a value metric has been championed by everyone from Robert Kennedy to economist Lord Layard to happiness at work guru Alexander Kjerulf.

Ferrari Rebuke Alonso as Rumours Swirl

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Ferrari entered this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with a  sense of foreboding to be honest... at least that's what it seemed like from Fernando Alonso's public statements. The Spaniard made it clear that the team needed to have a good showing in Hungary or face a summer break full of anxiety over what best to do to salvage the year.

One In Every Group

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

Bit by bit, each time you talk with them, you notice one more sullen face among the smiling ones, until eventually there's a complete set of them. Why hasn't our record sold more? Why is it only double platinum? Why do we have to be successful? Why have you screwed up our lives? We're leaving. To be honest, the day that happens will be the happiest day you can remember during the whole damned time you managed them.

Can You Improve Your Business Skills By Reading Macbeth?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Alistair Niederer

Any manager today knows the problem. You want to keep improving your skills and learning more about sales, marketing, or management - all the things a modern manager needs - and the management book section is always heaving with new titles, but which ones are worth reading?

As Work Related Stress Costs UK Economy Nearly £6.5bn Each Year, What Steps Should Businesses and Employees Be Taking?

Natasha Shearer | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Natasha Shearer

Last year there were 10.4 million days lost to stress, with the cost of 'sick' days being £618 meaning workplace stress totalled £6,427,200,000. With presenteeism also on the rise, meaning employees coming to work disengaged, tired, unmotivated and too stressed to work, businesses could see these costs rise if they don't take action.