Operational Essentials

There are many business and organisational activities that don’t fit in a neat category. In many cases the technique, tool or analysis my be applied across many operational activities. So here you will find a range of tools and techniques to support your work and study.

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Operational Essentials

If you only have 5 minutes, don’t look any further, look at these soundbites. They are short sharp summaries (typically 2 pages) providing a subject overview/introduction. They may not answer all your questions but you will find them helpful, provocative, stimulating and informative.

Time management

Time management is not about making lists, even if you categorise them. It is the process of organising, planning and prioritising how you allocate your time between specific activities. It is personal project management. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to...

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Corporate Entrepreneurship

Traditionally, in divisional organisations, the prerogative of entrepreneurship rests with top managers. It is their job to allocate resources; those on the front line are implementers. The divisional structure has also proved ideal for refining the management of...

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Action learning

It's teamwork Jim, but not as you know it... don’t just sit there – learn something Action learning is an educational process whereby people work and learn together by tackling real issues and reflecting on their actions. Learners acquire knowledge through actual...

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Creative Sparring

Creative sparring provides a tool to observe and feedback on one 2 one sessions by an independent observer. It is about being a critical friend not an adversary. The technique asks you (the supporter) to draw out from the 'creative' where they are going with the...

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Giving and getting feedback

Until it became part of management speak it was defined as: The return of a fraction of the output signal from an amplifier, microphone, or other device to the input of the same device; sound distortion produced by this. The trouble is that in the world of sound...

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Innovation

We know the hype, management gurus dish it up daily. Ever shorter shelf lives, fickle consumers, and copycat competitors mean that to stay in front long-term needs innovation now. So, what is involved in innovation, and does your organisation have what it takes?...

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Cognitive diversity

Say the word ‘diversity’ to many managers or their employees and most will think of equality of opportunity for disadvantaged groups. Primarily for women, or ethnic minorities, or those with a disability. Few will think that you are talking about cognitive diversity –...

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Learning modules

If you have one or two of hours to invest, you will find the Learning Modules very useful. They include the latest thinking from European Business Schools, writers on Management and other good source material. Most of them are about 25 pages in length.

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Time management
Creativity & innovation
Cognitive diversity
Workforce Learning & Development maturity
Workforce Equality & Diversity maturity

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