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About leadership

OpinionNew!Written by John Berry on 26th March 2020.03 min read

Leadership is where one person, the leader, persuades another person, the follower, to accept the leader’s point of view. There are three elements. Leaders must have a point of view that they’d like their followers to accept. For leadership, that point of view should tap intrinsic or extrinsic employee needs. There must be an existing relationship between leader and follower that also has future meaning. And the leader must focus on practical action that he or she can take that will do that persuading.

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When business goes screwy

OpinionNew!Written by John Berry on 27th March 2020.06 min read

When business goes screwy, as is happening now during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time for managers to think. To manage the recovery, managers need to develop one or more likely scenarios describing both the future market environment and the firm’s future required capability. Each scenario describes a possible state for which to plan. Here we discuss two methods of strategy-building, Delphi forecasting and rich picture/thematic analysis.

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Free Level 7 Manager Development Programme

ArticleWritten by John Berry & Sue Berry on 18th March 2018. Revised 27th March 2020.8 min read

Around 80% of UK managers are untrained in people-management. Just think about the improvement in your organisation's lot if it were the other way. We offer a nine-month programme covering hiring, managing and developing people in 18 webinars and 3 workshops. It's for managers who want the Level 7 knowledge and skills without the assessment from formal courses. And it's completely free of charge. Can you think of managers in your own firm who don’t have the skills and knowledge to effectively manage people?

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Are there really only four personality types?

OpinionWritten by John Berry & Sue Berry on 27th September 2018. Revised 26th March 2020.8 min read

The business of predicting how, from their personality profile, humans will behave has both fascinated and annoyed managers. Northwestern University published results of research suggesting four personality types. Data from145,000 respondents was analysed using ‘big-data’ computer analysis methods using clustering algorithms. This research is easily misinterpreted and does not offer a robust or useful simplification.

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How do I motivate someone I am making redundant?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 26th March 2020.2 min read

When you make someone redundant, you are breaching the psychological contract that exists between the firm and the employee. One of the key assumptions that an employee has (particularly when on a permanent contract) is that the employment will continue. And that assumption’s just been smashed.

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How do I deal with an employee who is under performing during their probationary period?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 26th March 2020.1 min read

Where an employee is failing to perform during their probationary period there is an onus on the employer to provide training to support the person. If the person proves not to be capable of meeting the requirements they may be dismissed. You must still so this fairly.

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