Each person that you lead will have different needs and your approach should be different. Their needs will also differ across time and as they tackle new or unfamiliar roles. So it is important to know where they are developmentally and apply the appropriate leadership style.
Women in business cannot afford to miss the forthcoming National everywoman Conference. Held in London on Wednesday 14 November, with the support of Natwest and IBM, the conference will include key note speeches and workshops with some of Britain’s most inspiring business role models.
Posted on 3rd September 2007 in HR.
Gordon Brown should establish a British national day as an extra bank holiday on the Monday after Remembrance Sunday (12 November, this year), according to new report, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) next month. ippr says that Gordon Brown’s attempts to build a British national identity would be boosted by having a new bank holiday which would act as a national ‘thank you’ for community heroes and as a national ‘ask’ for people to give back to their communities.
Posted on 3rd September 2007 in HR.
There is a myth that a leader is someone who is alone, aloof and self-sufficient. Someone who makes decisions and then makes everyone else follow them — perhaps by the sheer force of his personality (it is usually a him). This leader probably existed once, perhaps as the lone cowboy in a western movie, and there may be some around still, but the truth is that most leaders need other people to help them to thrive and prosper.
When Is Your Team Too Big? Too Small? What’s the Right Number?
When it comes to athletics, sports teams have a specific number of team players: A basketball team needs five, baseball nine, and soccer 11. But when it comes to the workplace, where teamwork is increasingly widespread throughout complex and expanding organizations, there is no hard-and-fast rule to determine the optimal number to have on each team.
Prepare now for new work-place legislation coming into effect in October warns ACCA. The approach of Autumn is the time of year when businesses need to prepare themselves to deal with new work-place legislation and this year is no exception, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
By Soraya Shaw
Managing Director of Springboard Coaching, looks at how small businesses can become a magnet for talented individuals.
Small companies can have a tough task in attracting the most talented recruits. When up against the global reputations and massive marketing budgets of established City firms, SMEs can get overlooked by ambitious high-fliers. However, you don’t have to lose out; recognise and enhance your attributes as an employer and then use them to attract those priceless individuals.
Posted on 20th August 2007 in HR.
Many of you will be unaware of an obscure but important European law, which gives certain categories of self-employed workers (known as “commercial agents”) significant rights against you if they are “dismissed” by you.
But just because you show a line-level employee a sign doesn’t mean that they will treat their customers with real empathy. That starts with hiring the right people. Northside has this function dialed in, I assure you. They anticipated my wife’s every need — and when things got “exceptional” they were able to use their common sense and deeply specialized knowledge of pediatric care to put out the fires.
]”When conflict is ignored – especially at the top – the result will be an enterprise that competes more passionately with itself than with its competitors. Howard M. Guttman, When Goliaths Clash, 2003. It is my observation that leaders spend an extraordinary amount of time firefighting and particularly fires of an interpersonal nature!
To avoid the pitfalls that are so prevalent when recruiting, follow this simple advice:
Posted on 14th August 2007 in HR.