You can't take the practice out of presenting

Janet Howd | 25 Oct 2016

Our fear of giving a presentation often means we perform well below par. But running a marathon scares people too, yet those who try it usually perform well. Why should that be?

Root cause problem-solving

Peter Vajda

For many years, the Japanese have approached the process of problem- solving with a strategy known as "the Five Whys". Peter Vajda explores how this helps us find better solutions.

Would you follow you?

Val Nichols

If you want to be a leader, a good place to start is by considering what convinces you to follow someone else. The chances are that the factors that carry the greatest weight are ones to do with trust.

Strategic planning must change with the times

Mark Heffner

Effective strategic planning and execution can do much to improve competitive advantage and value. But it has done right if it is going to fit with today’s rough and tumble world.

The accountability dilemma

Duane Dike

It’s all very well being held responsible and accountable as a manager, but that can only work if you’re also able to make real and meaningful decisions. Yet all too often, that decision-making lives with other people.

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Is hierarchy really necessary?

Rod Collins | 13 Oct 2016

Throughout human history, hierarchy has been a near-universal model for organizing the work of large numbers of people. But as the world is transformed by hyper-connectivity, are self-organized networks a more appropriate organizational design solution?

Workplace excellence can be contagious

Serguei Netessine

Team performance can often be more, or less, than the sum of the parts. So it’s significant that research has demonstrated that collective outcomes soar when top performers mingle with less adept colleagues.

Choosing to be humble

John Blakey

The sad story of ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, the shortest-serving manager in English football history, is a classic example of someone falling foul of habit No.6 of a trusted executive - choosing to be humble.

Feelings vs reasoning

Duane Dike

The older I get, the more I see that rather than ignoring people’s expressions of feeling, managers ought to welcome them as good for business and realize that results can improve when you listen and respond appropriately to them.

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Book reviews

The Trusted Executive

John Blakey

The Trusted Executive is one of those books that changes the way you think about leadership. It’s not the first to extol the importance of trust as the essential trait of leaders, but few other authors have expounded such a comprehensive framework for building trustworthy organisations.

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News & Ideas

Management and meaning

Managers don’t have any role in creating a sense of meaningfulness at work

The flip-side of ethical conduct

Doing the right thing can lead to a backlash

Over a barrel: paying the price for cheap oil

Cheap oil is putting the giant oil companies under financial stress

Pfizer, Allergan and fiscal sleight of hand

Pfizer looks set to become the biggest tax deserter in U.S. history

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The geopolitics of the steppes

Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, talks to Central Asian specialist, writer and explorer, René Cagnat, about the changing geopolitics of a vast region of the globe that is often overlooked.

It’s a fake! Countering the counterfeiters

Counterfeiting has become a global epidemic. Pierre Delval, one of the world’s leading authorities on counterfeiting, talks to Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, about the scale of problem and the measures we need to take to combat it.

Inspiring engagement through the power of stories

The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision

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