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Organising People: setting the scene about management

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Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 21st June 2022. Revised 11th July 2022.

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Management is an amalgam of many disciplines. At its core is psychology: the science of people and their behaviour. Psychology describes behaviour stemming from both conscious and unconscious thought, and those thoughts are driven by personal and group feelings, attitudes, beliefs, and values. Overall, management is about outcomes – and about interventions to realise specific, considered, and desired outcomes. This chapter is the point of departure for our book.

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Redundancy: Get It Right!

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Written by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 22nd June 2022.

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All firms make jobs (and those employed in them) redundant. Redundancy is normal. It’s the manager adjusting the firm to match the new environment in which it trades and operates. But redundancy is complex. It can kill the firm if badly run. Tap our experience to run safe. This white paper shows managers how to implement a fair and robust redundancy process that dismisses the right people. Call us for more.

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Discretionary Behaviours

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Written by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 17th June 2022.

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Discretionary behaviour contributes positively to overall organisational effectiveness, contributing to operational and organisational outcomes. We explain what discretionary behaviour is. Behaviour sits between motivation and performance. If we are motivated, we behave in a particular way. That behaviour causes performance.

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What Are OD and HR?

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Written by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 17th June 2022.

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Organisational development (OD) is different from human resource management (HRM). Organisational development involves exploring options that will permit strategies to be achieved. OD techniques such as modelling permit outcomes to be predicted and the right plan to be selected. People are of course the lifeblood of any firm. They join, they leave, and in between they have to be managed. Everyone who manages or supervises people has to double as an HR generalist. Here's the scope of HR and OD.

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Mixing internal and external candidates devastates staff commitment

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Written by John Berry on 25th September 2017. Revised 17th June 2022.

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Many managers deliberately mix internal and external recruitment in the hope of selecting the best person for the job from as large a pool as possible. Simply, consider internals first, in isolation. If any internal can do the job – judged by a fixed bar - they go forward with an internals-only contest. Because any one has the ability to excel, a variable bar selection can be used to rank them. Anything else is just wrong, damaging and here’s why.

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Stress in the Workplace

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Written by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 17th June 2022.

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Stress seems to be the one word that reduces otherwise competent managers to gibbering wrecks. It's every manager's nightmare. There is a direct link between stress and long term sickness absence. And often stress issues become long term sickness absence. Act now. Here's how.

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