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Lean In

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

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook. Her book considers why women are rarely found in high-powered leadership roles. Writing from her view point, and drawing on examples of other high-profile women, she addresses women offering suggestions to help empower them to reach their potential.

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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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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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Put that way, flexible working is nonsense

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 14th August 2018. Revised 12th March 2019.5 min read

Why would any manager grant his or her workforce flexibility in when and where they worked? Just think about it. Flexibility suggests that the manager doesn't know when or where the worker is working. Put that way, flexible working is nonsense. But analysis of what the manager gets back suggests huge returns for the firm. It just takes a bit of trust.

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