Archive for May, 2012

Managing underperformance – having difficult conversations

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May 30th, 2012

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Last week the Beecroft report hit the headlines as the government’s plans to boost growth and productivity were made public.  My colleague, Gary Miles, writes in People Management online today that ‘no fault dismissals’ lets poor management off the hook and would do little to stimulate growth. Underperformance is a real issue in organisations.  Our […]

We need to learn from Asia – but not by working harder

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May 29th, 2012

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Gary Miles looks at leadership development in the UK and Singapore, in a blog first published on People Management online William Hague’s recent pronouncement that Britons need to “work harder” to solve our current economic woes has certainly sparked an interesting debate. Mr. Hague had just returned from Singapore, where he delivered a key business […]

Using feedback to improve your people management skills

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May 17th, 2012

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The CIPD’s recent Employee Outlook Survey reported recently that investing in people management capabilities would make a significant contribution to productivity and growth.  The survey found that many managers fail to realise “how bad they are at managing people” with eight out of 10 managers reporting their staff are ‘satisfied’ or very satisfied with them […]

Raising productivity and retaining talent in Singapore

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May 9th, 2012

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In his May Day message last week, Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong has made another urgent call to increase productivity as the country faces domestic constraints. His speech calls for every worker to make the effort, looking beyond short term profits to build successful organisations for the longer term.  Organisations must do their part by […]

The Apprentice: why personal effectiveness can make or break your career

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May 3rd, 2012

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Lord Sugar is midway through his search for a new business partner in The Apprentice.  It’s a programme that you either love or hate, or indeed love to hate. It’s fair to say that this year’s candidates, for a £250,000 cash investment from Lord Sugar, have been a mixed bunch who are competing hard for […]