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Being a Great Manager is About Being a Leader

The 21st century has seen some fundamental changes in how managers carry out their work. There are many different management styles today. No matter the organisation, a manager at his or her core still needs to be a leader.  In the race to redefine management and leadership, are we perhaps losing this very basic management skill? It is an essential soft skill to being in a supervisory or management position. If you feel that your managers lack it, Bookboon has the solution.

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When it’s all up to you: How to decide what to decide

Everyone has to make a number of decisions in their professional lives. Some decisions are trivial, others can have long-term consequences. How can you make sure your decisions are sound and balanced?  (more…)

How to be in charge without being a control freak

As a manager, you want to and should know what your direct reports are doing and if the projects you’ve been assigned with are being executed as planned. How do you do that without the negative side-effects of seeming too controlling?  (more…)

Leading Change: Developing Resilience Starts at the Top

Senior leaders know the theories about resilience at work – especially in times of great change. Why don’t they put their knowledge into practice? When leaders are under enormous pressure themselves, they stop doing the things that, in fact, they know would help.  (more…)

A different approach: If I cannot see your vision, I cannot follow it!

 

Most of us have probably attended countless presentations on visions, strategies and action plans, with boredom descending over the crowd as soon as the 1st PowerPoint slide hit the screen. Opportunity is rarely given for participation and co-creation, and instead, silent “acceptance” and passive resignation takes over. (more…)

Strategic Procurement Management

  

Most organisations of any size spend more than 50% of their sales income on buying in goods, services or works. Some organisations spend considerably more.

Managing this spend well – ensuring that the best value is obtained for every penny spent and treating suppliers as some of your organisation’s best assets –  is critical to business success. And effective strategic procurement management within your organisation will ensure that this takes place. (more…)

What leads to success? Measuring strategies!

Performance measurement. Performance measurement.

Times are changing; people are living longer and companies are fading out quicker. The way we measured corporate and performance prior to 2008 can be quite different from what will be required in 2016 and beyond. And this applies to our personal goals as well. 
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How Does a Productivity Culture Affect Organizational Learning?

Affect organizational learning. Affect organizational learning.

Productivity cultures are becoming increasingly popular in workplaces, with the precarious economy fuelling workplaces whose culture orientates around output. This rise in popularity is for good reason too. Statistics show that ‘companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%’.

The explosion of ‘productivity’ as a work culture is linked to the emergence of ‘lean start-ups’. Companies whose business ethos is efficiency and strategy-orientated. Its rise is established businesses occurred after the global 2008 financial crisis which meant that businesses had to operate on smaller personnel resources resulting in an increased need for maximum efficiency per employee.

The internet also fuelled productivity culture with workplace time management tools enabling employees to gain greater insight into how they work and how they can make themselves more efficient. There are great benefits to a productivity culture if it is deployed correctly, however, if it’s done wrong it can create a negative workplace environment and negatively impact the business’s brand in the eyes of potential employees and consumers.

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Gap Analysis: Dealing With Your Current and Desired State

Daily Planning will get you there! Daily Planning will get you there!

As part of the strategies for ultimate success discussed in our previous article, daily planning is really an important element. There are actually seven simple reasons why you need to choose to plan on a daily basis.

Here is a list of reasons…
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5 steps to empower yourself – be your own mentor!

Empowerment starts now! Empowerment starts now!

In the midst of criticism and our neighbours or siblings who may like to tease us, how do we manage to empower ourselves?

I grew up with six (6!) brothers and two sisters and never received compliments. Therefore I cannot tell from experience how helpful family can be to achieve your goals.

Just like one of my sisters, I have this passion to write and to help others. We like to support each other and we manage to achieve our goals. Despite our brothers we have written 3 books!

 

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