Could Covid make us better managers?

Steven Buck | 07 Jul 2021

At a time when the role of the manager has arguably never been more challenging, we are starting to re-evaluate what 'management' really means.

Don't celebrate the failure, celebrate the learning

Kon Apostolopoulos

Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a feedback mechanism that shows us what's not working. We can learn from it and improve, but it should never be a goal in itself.

Harnessing natural intelligence

Rosie Tomkins

All change brings new opportunities. The tree that looks almost dead in the winter bursts with blossom in spring. The frozen wasteland delivers a bountiful harvest in the autumn. As business leaders, we can learn a lot from nature.

Building trust remotely

Wayne Turmel

Trusting the people you work with (and for) has never been easy. But when you work remotely it's even tougher.

Managing time in meetings

Wayne Turmel

One of the main concerns when running a webinar or virtual meeting is managing time effectively so we don't lose sight of what the meeting is actually supposed to accomplish.

Getting back to work in the post-pandemic world

James M. Kerr

As organizations prepare to get back to work in a post-pandemic world, leaders must focus on just how they intend to get on with work for years to come.

Cultural intelligence and competing with robots

David Livermore

The dystopian view of a future overrun by robots forgets that the human brain gives us some things technology cannot compete with, namely our ability to adapt and create.

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Dan Bobinski

Do you have a profession, or a job?

Dan Bobinski

Since most people would rather have fulfillment than frustration, consider your work. Are you working in the area of your calling? Are you doing what brings fulfillment? If not, you can consider your options and make a change.

Dan Bobinski

Be careful mixing business and politics

Dan Bobinski

Politics touches all of our lives, but companies should think hard about the commercial implications of political involvement.

Wayne Turmel

Santa's performance review

Wayne Turmel

I don't know about you, but I hate writing performance reviews. Then I got to thinking that some are harder than others. Take Santa Claus - what would you say about him?

Peter Vajda

Tragedy, upset and compassion

Peter Vajda

The response of Parisians to the devastating attacks on their city has been to keep on enjoying life. That’s a powerful reminder of the challenges of dealing with the upsets and tragedies of life’s vicissitudes, both large and small.

Earlier opinion

Coping with COVID restrictions this winter

Lynda Shaw

In the midst of another lockdown and with the colder months are setting in, many of us are wondering how we are going to deal with this winter. Here are some tips on how to cope.

In praise of inconspicuous leadership

Duane Dike

Many so-called leaders have an unhealthy interest in the outward trappings of their position. But real leadership is inconspicuous - and it’s about far more than status or measurable achievements.

Staying on track isn't easy

Wayne Turmel

It's surprising how often teams lose sight of their goals. There are plenty of reasons, and maybe understanding some of the most common will help you and your team reassess where you are headed.

A far more serious public health crisis

Rod Collins

As we struggle against the the Covid-19 pandemic, it's clear there is a far more serious public health crisis that has long been hidden in plain sight: a digitally primitive healthcare system.

How problem-solving styles affect team togetherness

Curt Friedel

As a manager, how do team members respond to your approach to solving problems? How does team dynamics gel with your personality and affect chemistry and productivity?

The supremacy of the mediocre

Rainer Zitelmann

Why are people with ambition who want to achieve something extraordinary and are unwilling to settle for an average existence so often met with hostile suspicion?

Covid-19 and the hazards of experts

Rod Collins

Rather than simply a public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic is a social system crisis that demands solutions based on the evidence of data, rather than simplistic responses based on the opinions of experts.

Three ways to plan for an uncertain future

James Berry

In today's troubled times, even the most successful business can find itself in difficulty. So how can businesses plan for an uncertain future?

Old habits die hard, new habits die easy

Max McKeown

Habits are efficient. Without them, we would need to find a response to every situation no matter how many times we had experienced it before. But how do you change an old habit or create a new one?

Don’t confuse task completion with productivity

Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely often claim to be ‘more productive’. But productivity is a long-term measurement that means more than just getting more tasks finished in a given time period.

Managing the new era of flexible working

Fred Krieger

In the post-Covid era of flexible work, physical and remote workspaces will coexist. But the question is: how can this fragmented set-up be effectively managed?

Make your people part of the solution, even virtually

Matthew Handley

This year has presented companies with a series of seemingly insurmountable problems. But those that find ways to engage their employees in the design of solutions are likely to rise above the adversity.