Home » Archive

Articles in the General Management Category

General Management »

[28 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

There was an interesting article across at The Practice of Leadership :
Whilst browsing a Slideshare presentation Inspiring Communication by werner.iucksch the following slide hit me between the eyes.

General Management »

[29 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

There is an interesting article across on Talent Management covering the issue of a new leader coming into an organisations and the dos and don’ts.
“I think that part of the problem with an understudy taking over from a boss is that sometimes there’s a lack of appreciation of the shift in roles that is required,” said Rick Lash, North American director of the leadership and talent practice at Hay Group. “There’s a lot of excitement around being able to finally move this high performer into a senior-level role, only to …

General Management »

[18 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

As ever, the Practice of Leadership blog has another interesting article – this time dealing with the inability to act with a company.

“If your strategy doesn’t help employees act, it’s not a strategy.“

Quoting from Fast Company article entitled , “Analysis of Paralysis” :

“Researchers Eldar Shafir and Donald Redelmeier helped prove this point in an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association. They gave doctors the medical history of a 67-year-old man who’d been suffering chronic hip pain from osteoarthritis. He’d been given drugs to …

General Management »

[26 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

One of the new buzz words on the management block is employee engagement. But the concept is not just a fad but a useful tool in employee management and Liesl Laubscher, an HR manager and industrial psychologist, has written a short article introducing the concept to those that are not familiar with it.
“Employee Engagement has taken off internationally with huge focus being placed on this phenomenon and this has now reached the South African business environment as a management concept not to be taken lightly by employers. We …

General Management »

[14 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

GREGG THOMPSON across at Blue Point Leadership Development writes:
“Many of us who lead organizations go through a very similar routine this time of the year. We start by admonishing ourselves for the mistakes of the past year – the projects left undone and the opportunities not seized. We grit our teeth, clean off our desks, start a fresh notebook and resolve to make significant changes in the way we will work in the coming year. Year after year, the same resolutions are made:
1. I’ve just got to get organized. (“If …

General Management »

[26 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

In business, as in life in general, its important to learn from what we do and to change and adapt to make sure we don’t repeat our mistakes ( I know it sounds like stating the obvious but we humans have a nasty tendency of not doing that which is obviously good for us). Ed Batista across on his blog Executive Coaching and Change Management, helps us joins the dots to get the full picture and calls it “the experiential learning cycle”.
“ACT: Do something–anything, in fact. Run a meeting, …

General Management »

[18 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Tom Peters, the management guru, on his website takes a look at the question of getting the right staff by internal branding and building a work culture where people really want to work, Google, Apple and BMW being example of such companies.
What Tom Peters had to say:
“…It was a meeting of HR execs, and the topic was the, yes, the “war for talent.” Now I’ve used the term…The point is that the discussion at the meeting in question was warfare-ish to a significant degree – how to quickly nab the best …

General Management »

[8 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]

Peter Drucker was one of the fathers of modern management and business thinking, his introduction of concepts such as the knowledge worker and the knowledge age still effect our business thinking today as much as when he first came to prominence over 60 years ago.
A nice summary of some of his thoughts on effective executives taken from his book “The Effective Executive” appears over on the blog The Practice of Leadership.

General Management »

[18 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’m currently reading Flow by Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi (I believe its pronounced “chick sent me high”).
While the book deals with the enjoyment and happiness of life as a whole, there are many references to the achievement of what he refers to as the “flow” state at work.
Flow is not simple pleasure but something more, it is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the …

General Management »

[18 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’m currently reading Flow by Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi (I believe its pronounced “chick sent me high”).
While the book deals with the enjoyment and happiness of life as a whole, there are many references to the achievement of what he refers to as the “flow” state at work.
Flow is not simple pleasure but something more, it is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the …