Alex Ferguson: Management Development

Management Development: Or, “Fergodssakes, don’t let the kids walk to school!”

Alex Ferguson (image above); “Who is on the pitch and are they capable of getting the ball in the net?” Napoleon was right, we are a nation of shopkeepers. 96.7% of all UK Businesses (and a similar number in the U.S.) turnover less than one million. So, why can’t perfectly good businesses scale up? I […]

Which Would You Rather: Read A Manual Or Be An Apprentice?

I apologise now if you were looking for insights from either Alan Sugar or Donald Trump… that kind of apprentice has no place in this blog post. If you recognise the man in the photo above, you are one of a select group, who I might have one or two things in common… Tomohiro Nishikado […]

The One Thing An HR Director Needs To Know In 2018

Have you read Steven Pinker’s book, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature? For decades much of the social sciences have subscribed to the theory that the mind is born as a blank slate. Therefore presuming it is without rules for processing data, a structure formed by experience through parenting, environment, socialising and […]

Introducing Change to an Established Team

Like many young upstarts fresh-faced out of university, my first taste of full time employment was on a rotational graduate scheme. As such a grad, every six months or so you find yourself whisked off to a new team, a new role, new challenges: all good stuff.

Tim Cook

How A CEO Develops Strategic Goals

CEO’s are hired or start companies invariably because the shareholder that hires them or the shareholder within them wants to make money. A shareholder’s request of any CEO is a simple one: “Show me the money”. That’s where it ends. A CEO must answer this call.

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Office Politics

As someone who builds business simulations for a living, I’ve spent 11 years playing games but there’s one game I avoid like the plague, what am I talking about? The Office Politics game!

Sheryl Sandberg

5 Ways To Really Motivate Your Employees

What follows are not things that I have gleaned from Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg; the 5 things that really motivate your employees are purely things that have worked for me over the last 30 years. I’ve worked in companies with 1000’s of employees to a small business with 6. Every team and individual has different […]