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Getting Commitment from Generation Y

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 21st June 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Managers often lament the attitudes and commitment given by those born in the 80s and 90s. Getting commitment from generation Y is difficult. They say that staff from this generation are self-opinionated, lazy and have little respect for authority. But much of these opinions are formed because Generation Y are simply different – different from their Generation X managers and Baby-Boomer parents. Commitment can be had from Generation Y if managers work at it. Here's how.
[First published April 2015]

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Growth Without Employees

Opinion Written by John Berry on 9th June 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

In the UK today there are around five million people who work for themselves. They run either sole-trader or limited liability firms in which they are the only employee. Those workers seek to sell their labour to entrepreneurs. This labour market gives the entrepreneur rich picking of very skilled and motivated individuals without having to employ them. So how does the entrepreneur tap into this resource?
[Published February 2016]

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Engagement Follows Commitment

Opinion Written by John Berry on 9th June 2017. Reading time: 3 minutes.

If there were ever two words that are almost interchangeable, it’s commitment and engagement. The Collins English Dictionary (CED) describes both as accepting an obligation or pledging allegiance. But when you look, it’s not hard to drive a wedge between them. And driving a wedge is essential to understand how, as a manager, you motivate your people for optimum performance. First there’s commitment. Then there’s engagement. Engagement follows commitment. Here's how it works. [Published June 2016]

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Emotions obey laws

Opinion Written by John Berry on 8th June 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

What should a manager to do when someone in a meeting is getting emotional – they become so angry that they disrupt the meeting? Frijda’s Laws of Emotion tell us much that will help us first understand this situation and then suggest a course of action that the meeting chair might take to recover good order. Managers can successfully deal with anger because emotions obey laws. Here are the details.
[Published February 2016]

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Social managers enjoy greater success

Opinion Written by John Berry on 8th June 2017. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Power is important. Persuading staff to do your bidding means that you must have power over them – to order them, to make them do, particularly since they might otherwise do something else. But how that ‘ordering’ is done is all-important because social managers enjoy greater success. For some, being a social manager comes naturally. For others it can be learned. Here's how.
[Published December, 2016]

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So now you’re a manager

Opinion Written by John Berry on 8th June 2017. Reading time: 6 minutes.

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.
[Published April 2015]

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Determining candidate suitability through pre-employment checks

Article Written by John Berry on 31st May 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Managers would often like to know if the person they intend to hire would at some stage in the future be a threat to the hiring company. Managers may therefore be keen to vet candidates before they employ them. But vetting is complex, shrouded in mystique by many firms supplying vetting or pre-employment checks. And statute constrains what's possible. Here’s some outline information on vetting.

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