Managing Yourself (and Others)

Plan, organise, monitor and improve your own performance needs a certain level of reflection and self-assessment.
Plan, organise, monitor and improve your own performance needs a certain level of reflection and self-assessment. The aim -to produce timely, accurate and innovative outputs, even when you are under pressure or working in times of uncertainty. Key is to communicate and interact with others, adjusting your own style and approach as necessary.

 

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Managing Yourself (and Others)

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Group non-managerial supervision, a personal perspective

In several professions, we do not ‘look after’ our most valuable, and dare I say expensive, human resource.  Senior leaders under tremendous pressure are left to cope on their own. Some can. Some can but at a great expense to themselves and maybe colleagues they interreact with. Some leave the profession. Is a sink or swim attitude wise or effective for an organisation? So, what can we do?  Find a person to support the senior leader.  In schools, I heard people say speak to the Chair of Governors; in charities the Chair of the Trustees; across many industrial sectors  leaders are recommended to speak to whoever is their line manager; the next person in the chain.  Chair of the Board of Directors.  Really!

This is crazy in my mind.  Would you tell the person above you in the system that you are having difficulty?  They will be placing an advertisement for your job as the door is closing when you leave their room.  Okay, not always but…

Having worked and had knowledge of other occupations I discovered the concept of supervision or clinical supervision.  This I promote  in my professional world as Non-Managerial Individual or Group Supervision.  In this arrangement  you are being supported by someone or group of colleagues who have no managerial responsibility for you except as a fellow professional (and as a human).

This piece has been contributed by Jonathan Block

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Handling conflict

There are many reasons why conflict occurs at work and what boils over into an actual stand up argument may just be a symptom not the cause. Whilst individual differences can be a profound source of friction and discontent – much must be down to poor leadership and management. Approaches to understanding and managing conflict have many dependencies; personal, social, organisational, cultural and national. But there are some universal aspects that underpin these individual differences.

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Presentation skills

Though part and parcel of everyday life for students and managers at all levels, few are those undaunted by the prospect of giving presentations.
To put paid to the angst, try applying the tips set out in this short briefing.

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How to prepare to be interviewed

Many people go to interviews – whether for new job, assignment, project or promotion – assuming their personality and enthusiasm will be enough to get what they want. Wrong. There is a need to prepare well beforehand, anticipate tough questions and to be able to put your best points forward. Answer their questions using the STAR format and you might consider analysing the applicant’s essential and desirable attributes using the SMART format as the framework for asking your interviewers about the role and the company.

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The Learning Organisation

Learning organisations are… organisations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually...

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Influencing Skills

Today managers are required to spend less time controlling and more time coaxing staff in what they need to do. As empowerment pushes decisions and responsibilities further down the line, the skills required of managers are changing from ‘how to tell and...

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