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Every good manager knows that people are their most valuable resource. In these articles we show you how to manage effectively to get great things from the people you manage. We'll tell you how to create powerful teams, nurture talent and prevent conflict. All our articles contain the best new business thinking from around the world.

How to build a culture of quality for your organisation

Quality in business has never mattered more, say Ashwin Srinivasan and Bryan Kurey, writing for Harvard Business Review.

Overcome these obstacles to change

Why is change so hard to achieve when there is such a wealth of information at our fingertips?

Writing for Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza observes that the problem isn’t gathering knowledge needed to make the change; it’s putting the information into action.

Cut out unnecessary days off sick among your employees

Recent statistics show that the UK loses 131 million days a year to sickness in the workforce. The main reason for this absenteeism is minor illness – such as back, neck and muscle pain.

Eight traits of destructive employees

Writing for Inc.com, Jeff Haden observes that it isn’t always the truly terrible employees who cause the real problems – it’s the workers who appear to be doing a satisfactory job while slowly destroying the performance, morale and attitude of others.

Haden highlights the traits of “exceptionally destructive” employees:

Five ways consultants get it wrong for your business

Every business leader needs help at some time in their career. A view from an outsider can throw a new light on a tricky problem, and the right consultant can mean the difference between success and failure.

How to transform your employees into smart risk takers

Business leaders strive for positive cultural change and innovation, resulting in happy, fulfilled employees creating value throughout the organisation. Writing for Strategy+Business, Lisa Bodell observes that “the journey is just as critical as the destination” when a culture is being reshaped.

Are you a family-friendly manager?

According to Scott Behson, writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, many managers believe in giving more employees the flexibility to balance their needs and responsibilities at home while minimising disruption of the workplace.

How to unblock your creativity

Writing for Entrepreneur.com, Lindsay Broder notes that cultivating client relationship and overcoming obstacles requires “tons of creativity”. But business leaders often find themselves in a creative slump.

With that in mind, Broder offers some simple strategies for overcoming creativity blocks:

• Reaquaint yourself with your mission statement.

You want big data? Maybe you have enough data already

Big data has been hyped to such an extent that companies now expect it to deliver more than it actually can, according to Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath and Anne Quaadgras, writing for Harvard Business Review.

Productivity on the slide? Here’s what to do

Writing for Management Today, John Spencer points out one of the economic puzzles of recent years: the decline in the rate of productivity growth.

Spencer observes that a feature of previous recessions was the rise in productivity per worker coupled with the growth of unemployment.

Five management skills you can’t do without

When you’ve been in the workforce for a certain amount of time, you realise the importance of skills and abilities that simply can’t be learned in business school, observes Katherine Reynolds Lewis, writing for Fortune. With that in mind, the author highlights five key – but neglected – skills for management success...

Five guidelines for new chief executives

Writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, reveals that an executive on the verge of promotion to head a large global company recently approached him for advice on how to be effective as a new CEO. Martin offered the executive five recommendations.

Are you leading your employees or obstructing them?

Are you your employees’ worst enemy? That’s the question posed by Kannan Ramaswamy and William Youngdahl, writing for Strategy+Business. The authors insist that many leaders are inadvertently an obstacle to superior performance.

Why you need to learn the art of self-promotion

Writing for Entrepreneur.com, Martin Zwilling observes that many entrepreneurs believe their business idea will carry their startup, while most investors think that the idea is worthless without the right execution. This, he insists, means that selling yourself is more important than selling your idea.

Transforming your culture: the five guiding principles

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Cisco and IBM not only offer shining examples of innovation – they are also models for strong corporate culture, writes Kispert for Chiefexecutive.net.

The art of minimally invasive management

According to Randy Komisar, writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, most of the time the best thing a manager can do is to get out of the way of the people actually doing the work. This is the principle behind what he calls “Minimally Invasive Management”.

Five ways email is having a negative effect on your organisation

There’s no doubt that email has become an invaluable tool for communication and collaboration in the workplace. However, writing for Forbes.com, Jacob Morgan warns that it has its limitations and the widespread reach of email is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness.

The things bosses think but can’t say

Being a leader often means keeping some of your feelings and thoughts to yourself instead of sharing them with your employees, according to Geoffrey James, writing for Inc.com.

The author explores some of the most common thoughts that bosses frequently have but are best left unspoken:

Plan your first 100 days as boss

The first three months for a new boss is a critical period, writes Matt Regan for Management Today. As the author points out, first impressions count, and a clear and realistic 100-day plan can help you prioritise your time in a key period.

Influencing behaviour to shape corporate culture

Jack Smith, Summer Sensation, Flowers Gallery

You might not be able to dictate corporate culture, says Ron Ashkenas on his HBR.org blog, but he insists you can influence it.

Ashkenas shares an old joke about a CEO who attends a presentation on corporate culture and then asks his head of HR to "get me one of those things".

Could you save time and money by interviewing job candidates on the internet?

Jack Smith, Light and Sound, Flowers Gallery

Webcam job interviews are growing in popularity as companies cut back on recruiting budgets, writes Tara Weiss of Forbes.com.

Even giant companies such as Nike and Cisco have used the internet to handle first and second round interviews.

Does what you produce matter less than the way you produce it?

Michael Kidner, Grey Column, Flowers Gallery

According to an Economist.com 'Management Idea' article, because companies such as Wal-Mart, Dell and Toyota have managed to achieve extraordinary success while doing fairly ordinary things, many managers have realised that what they produce can be less important than the way they prod

The lessons not to learn from Steve Jobs

Michael Kidner, Lilypond, Flowers Gallery

The world mourned the passing of an iconic innovator when Apple’s Steve Jobs died in October 2011. There has been no shortage of articles on how business leaders can emulate the great man. But is that really possible, and will mimicking Jobs’ management style change your company for the better?

Motivation: why money might not be as effective as you thought

Trevor Sutton, Window, Flowers Gallery

Money might not be the great motivator it is generally believed to be. That is the shock conclusion of a book by best-selling author Daniel Pink called Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, discussed by Hardy Green on Fortune.

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