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A concise leadership model for managing day-to-day: Trimester 1, Webinar 6

VideoWritten by John Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

• Defining leadership and the practical effects of manager intervention on staff motivation.
• Understanding that managers lead and that leadership is a management role.
• Setting out the difference between leadership approaches and leadership styles.
• Introducing some practical leadership interventions for managers.
• Introducing leadership approaches and how to select the right approach.
• Discussing how to do leadership day to day.

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Motivating and setting objectives to drive performance: Trimester 1, Webinar 5

VideoWritten by John Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

• Defining the performance of a worker in a job and establishing the link between motivation and performance.
• Revisiting the role of the job and job design on motivation.
• Understanding the role of the job description in objective setting.
• Introducing some theory of objectives and the natural human desire to strive to achieve goals.
• learning practical goal setting and introducing the reality of performance appraisal.

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So now you’re a manager

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 8th June 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.9 min read

The article notes that before promotion, the engineer was an ordinary employee. He or she achieved great things through their own efforts. Now their success comes from causing others to perform. They're still an engineer. But they've added a whole new part to their identity. Now they're a manager of engineers. They're a boss, a leader of men and women. It's the same whatever the discipline.

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Training intervention and training transfer: Have trainers really grasped the importance?

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.16 min read

How can we be sure that a given training intervention will indeed change the company system and give return on investment? Training has to be transferred from the learning environment of trainer and trainee to the work environment of manager and worker. The efficiency of transfer of training depends on a huge number of variables, each associated with the characteristics of the manager, trainee, trainer and the work environment.

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Teams are overrated

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 10th July 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.8 min read

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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Staff career development: what approach for managers?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 22nd September 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

The nature of work and careers have changed. Despite myth, the average employee tenure is still over eight years. And in that time staff must grow. When it comes to employee career development, you, as manager, have a clear decision to make and that decision depends on the relationship your firm has with the worker. You'd best take a contingency approach: develop your knowledge workers, give opportunity to your foot-soldiers, make alliances with your specialists and hire your contractors when needed.

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