Why are great managers so rare?

This article on managers makes for very interesting reading indeed!

Why great managers are so rare

Beck & Harter report that:

Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

They motivate every single employee to take action and engage employees with a compelling mission and vision. They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and . . . → Read More: Why are great managers so rare?

Mental bias in strategy assessment

This is a really interesting article from McKinsey & Co listing eight cognitive areas that we should check when creating and assessing strategies. https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Strategic_Thinking/Hidden_flaws_in_strategy_1288

Networking skills Prezi

If you find networking a chore, then take a look at this guide!

Networking: a framework for success in Business and Life on Prezi

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Fresh approach for the Year of the Rabbit

Gong hei fat choi

There are many reasons to revise business thinking and a new Chinese year is as good as any.

In my case, the focus of Rally Strategic has long been on solving crises within a turnaround management context. But a look at our past clients tells a very different story. Sure, some . . . → Read More: Fresh approach for the Year of the Rabbit

Detrimental business advice

A day or so ago I answered a question on LinkedIn and I’m guessing that the asker didn’t like my view as the question no longer seems to exist. So, for those of you who are unafraid of reading a disruptive viewpoint, I offer my deleted answer.

At the risk of being contentious, I think . . . → Read More: Detrimental business advice

Noisy innovation

My sister-in-law, Kristin (check out her ceramics shop at www.krikri.com if you’re looking for really fantastic Christmas presents!) very kindly sent me an article from the New Yorker about James Dyson… I have been a long-time fan of his products (no pun intended… see article!).

Unlike most people these days, she actually ripped the article . . . → Read More: Noisy innovation

Small lessons for bigger businesses

I run a lot, as you can see from my www.fosterRuns.com blog and as such I get through a steady stream of running shoes and other assorted gear. At the point where, early in 2004, I started training for the Berlin marathon, a friend kindly introduced me to Kurt, Fred and Tom at the small . . . → Read More: Small lessons for bigger businesses

Last minute pre-Christmas planning

Here are some thoughts carried over from last Christmas that are still valid, so before you kick-back and put your feet up for the winter break, here are a few simple tasks to give you a head-start when you get back in 2010.

Clear the decks: If you have a vague lull in work over . . . → Read More: Last minute pre-Christmas planning

Last thoughts before Christmas

Have a relaxing Christmas and a healthy, happy and highly prosperous 2009! You really deserve it… just as soon as you’ve got these last few easy tasks wrapped up! . . . → Read More: Last thoughts before Christmas

Lack of Financial Control

Those people who have worked with me know that I am not an accountant, but this does not detract from the fact that I am a great advocate of management information. In fact, I am often staggered that businesses, usually smaller ones, have managed to survive at all without it and I would hypothesise that . . . → Read More: Lack of Financial Control