Management and business skills

Index here items on management skills and styles, interpersonal skills, NLP, counselling, time management, budgeting and financial management, project management, delegation and negotiating, influencing, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving, presentation skills, facilitation skills, management consultants and interim management.

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    How to... make visions and values work

    You’ve just come out of an inconclusive meeting with the chief executive and finance director. The new chairman had expressed concern that the company’s direction was unclear and that its values were not being taken seriously...

    Time Management 24/7

    Author Simon Phillips Publisher McGraw-Hill (01628 502700) Price £9.99 ISBN 007 7099 63X This is a book to challenge traditional concepts of how people manage their time. The author defines four personality types and...

    How to nurture motivation

    Motivation is a key part of making sure that employees are assets, not liabilities. So how can organisations motivate people? The pedantic answer is… they can’t. There are many definitions of the term “motivation” but everyone...

    Board meetings in the bedroom

    Like many people, I am often struck by the similarities between organisations and families, particularly where personal growth is concerned. To thrive, both need to nurture everyone's potential. So I often find a satisfying...

    Ocean’s twelve

    Visualise a damp and misty day back in September 2000. Twelve yachts, each with a professional skipper and 17 crew, were ready for the start of the BT Global Challenge Round-the-World Yacht Race 2000/1. While the skippers...

    Radical retreat

    Not many companies would have the courage to take 160 managers to the exclusive resort of Chamonix for a week after making 300 staff redundant. But two years ago, Boots Contract Manufacturing (BCM), the manufacturing department...

    How to find and develop talent

    The critical issue in human capital management today is the way we recognise, recruit, reward and retain the very best individuals – the people who can make or break an organisation, particularly during these uncertain economic...

    Growth treatment

    There is a bandwagon now rolling that seems to have rejected “management” in favour of “leadership”. Many training companies are rebranding their management development programmes under the more sexy “leadership” banner,...

    Sense of direction

    ‘If you search for 60 years for the Holy Grail and you fail to find it, then maybe – just maybe – it doesn’t exist.” This is one view of leadership from someone who didn’t want to be quoted, but who is clearly exasperated...

    Defy gravity

    Is leadership really that important in business? You might well ask, given that the average survival time of a FTSE company chief executive is now half what it was 20 years ago. Where chief executives do preside over successful...