Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

Ann Francke | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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 19.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 17.06.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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...

Women's Careers - Highways or Winding Roads

Meg Munn | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

Despite the advances at work that women have gained in recent years for far too many their experience is akin to a winding road whilst they see male colleagues roaring along a highway. This is as true in the public sector as it is in industry and the business world.

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.

Should Employers Reward More Employees for Their Social Media Profiles and Personal Brands?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Business today means leading and empowering professionals towards branding themselves, and being less precious about top-down control. Help people to be themselves and trust that they will return the favour by bringing brands and campaigns to life, just like Pinocchio.

The Three Attributes Of True Leadership

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Great leaders may possess a myriad of attributes, not least of which are intelligence, charisma and natural charm. All of these things matter. However you can be a great leader and not be naturally charming or very intelligent, or many of the other qualities credited to a leader.

Talent management and retaining our rising stars

Victoria Fox | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Fox

The advertising industry is in transition. In this, the most auspicious period and disruptive period in recent history, attracting, growing and retaining agency talent is critical. But in this unprecedented market, what does 'talent' even look like?

How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan | Posted 16.06.2014 | 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 16.06.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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?