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Opportunity favours the prepared manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th June 2018.6 min read


Realising strategy is not planning exactly what to do – because beyond a few short sprints, you don’t know. It’s about developing a purpose, a broad strategy, a trajectory, and from this, a plan of the capability to be realised. Then you’re ready for almost anything.

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Teams are overrated

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 10th July 2018.8 min read

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Many managers talk synonymously about groups and teams. There’s a huge difference in the manager and member energy needed to build and sustain each and so definitions are essential. In reality, few firms need teams. But every manager needs groups. Here, we discuss the benefits of each.

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Do I need to provide a reference for an ex-employee

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017.4 min read


There is no statutory or moral requirement upon an employer to provide a reference for a former employee. The exceptions are where the former employer has expressly agreed with the employee that a reference will be given as part of their negotiated exit conditions. Sometimes also there can be an implied contractual term that a reference will be given. The principles also apply where the manager is receiving a reference.

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Achieving the four-day working week

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 20th November 2018.6 min read

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The issue is not if a four-day week would be beneficial to the nation and to its people. That argument’s been made and there are plenty of examples of how well it works. The issue is that our firms are incapable of reducing the working week because shareholders aren’t in it for the long term. And our employees aren’t prepared to earn less or invest in themselves either. It's impasse - but here's an action plan.

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Effective recruitment tools

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 28th November 2018.5 min read

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All managers will interview candidates for jobs with their firm. Each interview, as the single selection instrument, must be designed to give evidence against all decision criteria. Interview alone is unable to be that good. Indeed, no single selection instrument is that good. We recommend the use of a number of ‘tools’ to support the interview. Read about those tools here.

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Sustaining enterprise and asset value during company sale

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th November 2018.6 min read

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Some owners think of selling ahead of time and set dates and plans. Some get to a point where they’ve had enough. Others unexpectedly realise that the firm has huge value and decide to cash in while they can. And when owners elect to sell, everything happens quickly – and often without thought for the employees. This blog highlights actions to secure enterprise and asset value when selling a firm or its assets.

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