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Effective managementLeading behavioursStaff & teams

Lindsay McKenna delivered a fascinating session for MD2MD members on High Performance Teamwork based on ideas from observing successful teams in the wild of the African bush – where great teamwork can be the basis of Life … or Death. One of the frameworks she shared with the group was her 9 elements of a high performance team Which she clusters

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Effective managementFinance, Governance & ControlOperations & QualityStaff & teams

Defining roles can be tricky, yet as I’ve explained elsewhere role clarity is important if staff are to perform at their best and not spend time treading on each others’ toes or leaving activities and functions not done. Personally I am NOT a fan of traditional job descriptions that tend to describe the activities of the job – what you need

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behavioursStaff & teams

Dr David Hall, Founder and Director of The Ideas Centre, spoke to the Managing Directors at a recent MD2MD meeting to explain the strategic (and cultural) benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business, to provide examples of how the blockages to creativity that operate within the mind of all individuals and to provide a practical and

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MarketingSalesStaff & teams

MD2MD speaker Andrew Thorp challenged our Managing Director members to present their business effectively by using interesting and interest-grabbing stories.  I read an interesting story on his blog recently about how a young web manager called Philippe Dubost got himself a job using a very different advert. Andrew uses the story to make the point that things have changed.  Nowadays it’s

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Effective managementFinance, Governance & ControlStaff & teams

For busy Managing Directors running a business the question of pay rates, motivation and the use of bonuses is a regular conundrum. Most people know that money by itself is a poor motivator but want to incentivise people to work harder and to reward those that have worked hard. New research from Harvard throws some light on this and it appears

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behavioursStaff & teams

At the MD2MD launch meetings for Managing Directors in Leeds and Manchester last week, I heard again the frustration that I often hear expressed by Managing Directors about staff that do the job ‘ok’, follow the processes and follow the rules – but only just.   The frustration being ‘How do I get them to use their brain and ‘go

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Effective managementStaff & teams

In my earlier blog post I shared for the leaders reading Neil Denny’s conversational riffs and his tips for creating meaning out of conflict. In this blog I will share one simple tool that he provided to give us MD2MD members another way of looking at, and analysing conflict situations. This tool uses the simple and legendary 2×2 matrix format,

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Effective managementStaff & teams

Neil Denny has run some really useful workshops for the business leadership group MD2MD in the last few months. His topic is Conversational Riffs: Creating Meaning Out of Conflict. And as usual I’ll précis the highlights for a wider audience whilst recommending all to get the full picture by reading Neil’s bookseeing Neil speak or joining MD2MD to see Neil

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Effective managementLeading behavioursStaff & teams

It is amazing the damage one individual can make to an organisation.  You may know the one (or, if you are really unlucky, there may be more than one).  It is the person who always seems to be challenging decisions, coming up with reasons not to move forward, inciting unrest among the other members of the team, underperformers or those

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Effective managementFinance, Governance & ControlStaff & teams

I see that bonus schemes are reentering the news as it seems some banks have forgotten the flak they took in the autumn and who owns most of their shares as they compete to maximise short term profit, irrespective of long term consequences again.  Maybe its something to do with the ‘moral hazard’ (a technical economics term) that was created

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