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Delusions of Gender

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 28th May 2019.04 min read

If you’re someone who believes that men and women are fundamentally different and that men are naturally better at some things while women are better at others, buckle up and get ready to have your assumptions and understanding challenged. Cordelia Fine does an excellent job in arguing that cognitive and behavioural differences between men and women are not innate but are socially constructed.

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Black Box Thinking

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 28th May 2019.02 min read

Using case studies, this book links action and in-action to performance and improvement. Matthew Syed explores how mistakes can lead to higher performance and new ways of working. But only if mistakes are embraced and used as a learning aid. Here we review the book and give you our thoughts on the message it intends to get across.

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Developing selection criteria, specifying the ideal candidate: Trimester 3, Webinar 3

VideoWritten by John Berry & Sue Berry on 26th May 2019.01 min read

• Illustrating how to define people in terms that can be assessed and tested during selection;
• Describing what’s meant by general mental ability, personality and person-environment fit;
• Telling how the various characteristics impact on job performance;
• Showing how job descriptions can be analysed to give the necessary competencies and behaviours; and
• Discussing how managers typically make decisions during selection and how this should be done.

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Closing the deal - making sure the best join: Trimester 3, Webinar 6

VideoWritten by John Berry on 25th May 2019.01 min read

• Emphasising the crucial interactions between you and your chosen candidate at this final stage;
• Showing you how to close and interview whilst opening the gate for an offer and acceptance;
• Showing you how to build a compelling verbal offer;
• Setting out the documents and detail of those documents to make a written offer; and
• Illustrating how to use the various steps and documents to close the deal.

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How Much Holiday Do I Have To Give My Staff?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 27th April 2019.1 min read

Ensure that you give your staff the correct amount of holiday. You must give at least the statutory minimum. Calculating holiday for staff who work a regular daily pattern, five days a week is easy. Not so when patterns are unusual, continuously changing and hourly based.

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Feedback-driven management

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 25th April 2019. Revised 26th April 2019.1 min read

The manager is constantly sensing performance given by his or her people. He or she has in mind a reference performance for each person that they’d find acceptable. And the manager is constantly comparing the actual performance with the reference. If the performance falls below the reference performance, the manager will act by way of an intervention. Here's how it works.

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