Is It Okay to Cry at Work?

Mike Shaw | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Shaw

Crying is our way of showing something's wrong to other people, letting them know we're going through some kind of emotional anguish. Given the pressures and stresses of work it's the kind of place where, very occasionally, we feel the need to raise a flag and have a cry.

Helping Leaders Achieve Positive Change

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

When Prime Minister, Tony Blair said that it's not the role of business to solve social problems. Business should just get on with the business of making money and leave social issues to others. How things have changed...

Slumped Over Your Desk? You and Everyone Else.

Jane Sparrow | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Tech
Jane Sparrow

The business world seems to have woken up in the last 48 hours. It's September, the schools have re-opened and people are sleepwalking back to work after a summer break. But just because we are physically back-at-work, it doesn't mean we are all mentally and emotionally there - the lights are on, but nobody is home in many cases.

The 11th Commandment: Follow, Learn, Adapt

Nigel Rayment | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

Whether they admit it or not, it's something that all successful people and organisations do. These survivors enhance their vision by standing on the shoulders of giants and save their skins by leaping from the tails of the reckless.

Fixing Pay Means Fixing Culture

Ann Francke | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Ann Francke

Data from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and salary experts XpertHR that shows the gender pay gap is hitting professional women aged 40-plus hardest. This group is hitting a 'mid-life pay crisis' as they earn 35% less than men in comparable, full time roles.

When Do Your Comments On Social Networks Become The Property Of Your Employer?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Have you noticed those disclaimers on Twitter profiles? The ones that suggest that everything published on this Twitter account is personal and has no...

A Packing List For The Future

Dan Sullivan | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Dan Sullivan

Choosing is always related to the future. It comes from inside, from your imagination. You create a possibility out of your passion to experience a bigger and better future--usually in terms of having greater freedom with your time, money, relationships, and purpose.

Should Workers Still Be Paid For Time at the Office or What They Actually Deliver?

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

I haven't worked in a single corporate job where I was paid overtime. The last time I could actually claim overtime regularly for hours worked beyond those normally scheduled was when I was stacking apples on the produce counter in Safeway - happy days.

A Timely Issue

Charles Elvin | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Charles Elvin

It goes without saying that businesses are concerned about getting the most from their workforce but, it's important that employees are working smart, not just working hard. There's a very important distinction to be made between the number of hours employees work and the productivity of the workforce.

Thinking Management Philosophically

Ken Starkey | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Ken Starkey

Books on philosophy and management have proliferated in recent years, but with very different aims and perspectives. Philosophy books tend to be consu...

Is the Key to Business Success Tough Love From Other Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

So whilst a good mentor or coach might be essential to help you achieve success as an entrepreneur - let's not forget that breakthroughs might also come from actively seeking feedback from other business owners. After all, none of us has time to chase rainbows...

Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

Ann Francke | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Francke

If businesses aren't ready to provide young people with the important work experience they need to start a career in their sector, then how can they expect graduates to have the requisite skills when a role becomes available?

Spanish Football - Lessons For Business Leadership

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

To be clear, building a team should not be confused with the idea of creating a climate of consensus. Successful teams can only be built with strong leadership that is relentlessly focused on ensuring that such teams are built to function as a seamless unit and deliver results. Endlessly seeking consensus can significantly undermine this process.

Mindful Managers Care More Readily

Michael Chaskalson | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Chaskalson

I teach mindfulness from time to time to groups of senior executives at one of the UK's leading financial services organisations. These are ambitious people with big jobs. They have only a few steps left on their career paths and the organisation wants to help them make those. That's where programmes like my Art of Mindful Leadership training come in.

What's Better Than Being the Boss? Being the Customer

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

I was recently at a gathering of entrepreneurs and we talked about our challenges, what we like and what we don't like about what we do. One thing struck me: no-one in the group actually enjoyed being the boss myself included. By that I don't mean that they don't value their independence, we all do, but we all see managing people as a necessary evil, a means to an end not the end itself...

What the World Cup Can Teach You About Being a Great Boss

Beth Burgess | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

England are out. Lessons will be learned. It's the same old World Cup story for England fans, who'll be leaving Brazil with sunburn, tacky souvenirs and a familiar sense of disappointment. What Hodgson will do to improve the team's performance for the European qualifiers remains to be seen.

Could Managing Expectations Be an Own Goal for England?

Gavin Megaw | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Gavin Megaw

Business can learn a lot from politics - and sport - in terms of managing public expectations. Companies are getting smarter at this game - down playing expectations in the business pages in advance of difficult results. But too often company leaders fail to control the narrative by overstating their ambition in the first place. Corporate Britain is littered with the bodies of business leaders who promised big and delivered small.

Mastering the Art of Expectation Management

Prithvi Shergill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Prithvi Shergill

By far one of the most challenging areas to master in management, and life, is managing expectations. The difficulty is, that more often than not, expectations are defined by what is left unspoken and implied rather than what is actually being said.

Coaching Your Team: What We Can Learn From Roy Hodgson's Approach

Garry Veale | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

The shops are full of England whistles and flags; living rooms are adorned with wall charts and fans are decked out in wigs and face-paint: the 2014 World Cup is upon us. Whether you love or hate football; support or deride the England team; or are just plain ambivalent, there are plenty of lessons we can learn from Roy Hodgson and his coaches, regardless of the team's performance.

The Quest Against Stress

Patrick Watt | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Watt

We wouldn't train for a marathon for 12 hours a day as we know it's not physically good for us, so why do we do this to our brains? With the majority of people spending more time at work than with their family and friends, it is important for a worker's mindset that the right balance is created between work and life.

What's in a Name? Meaningless Titles in the NHS

Jim Sherifi | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sherifi

nstead of stringing together words and ending up sounding like some inbred minor gentry in Debrett's, maybe we should just focus on being "doctors" and leave the silly names to those with more experience in that field; such as pop groups favoured by politicians?

Come on England! With World-Class Management We Can Bring Back the World Cup

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

Are you getting excited yet? In just a few days time the 2014 World Cup starts in Brazil. Now I know not all of you will like football. Of those that ...

Coffee Loyalty Cards - The Stamp of Success

Dominic Irvine | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

"Do you have a loyalty card?" the Barista asked as I paid for my double espresso. My card was duly stamped - only two more coffees before I could claim a free brew. Most people in the queue had a loyalty card too. And so I got to thinking.

Is the 'Fat Cat' Bonus Culture Nearing Extinction?

Ann Francke | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Ann Francke

Bonus scandals have dominated news headlines over the last couple of weeks. From Ocado handing out millions of pounds worth of share options to direct...

You Don't Have To Be A Bad Boss If You Don't Want To

The Huffington Post UK | Philippa Warr | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Nobody sets out to become a bad boss. But that doesn't mean it can't or won't happen. Perhaps the position you were promoted from just didn't teac...