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Free Level 7 Manager Development Programme

Article New! Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 14th March 2018. Reading time: 7 minutes.

If you're reading this, there's an 80% chance that you don't have the skills to manage your people. Just think about the improvement in your organisation's lot if it were the other way. We offer a nine-month programme covering hiring, managing and developing people in 18 webinars and 3 workshops. It's for managers who want the Level 7 knowledge and skills without the assessment from formal courses. And it's completely free of charge.

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So you think you can interview?

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 12th March 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Most managers think they can interview. Many even believe that they are good at it. And yet precious few have been trained and fewer still understand the true role of interviewing in ensuring fairness and valid assessment. Simply, structured interviews win. But they must be built vacancy by vacancy. Here's how to improve the predictive ability of your interviews.

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Recruit like a punter: rationalise

Opinion Written by John Berry on 6th March 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

There are three approaches that humans take to make decisions - automatic, neuralistic and rational. Only one - rational - has any place in recruitment and selection. Automatic helps us survive. Neuralistic is fine for incident commanders. But only rational works for hiring decisions. here's why.

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How to Employ Foreign Workers Abroad

Opinion Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Reading time: 16 minutes.

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In all cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. Workers are then employed locally. Here are all the possibilities. First published August 2014.

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Six ways to avoid hiring square pegs for round holes

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 7th February 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Perhaps you employed someone and you later found that they don't quite meet the role requirements; they somehow don't fit. Or, you moved someone into a new role and they just didn't perform as well as they used to. Here's how to avoid such mismatch between the person and the job.

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Linking performance on the job to selection criteria

Opinion Written by John Berry on 6th February 2018. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Performance is when the employee does what they say they will. When recruiting, selection of new hires should be made on the test outcomes that evidence the personal characteristics, competencies and behaviours required for that performance. Base your selection on that evidence. Here's how.

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Accidental managers heighten stress

Opinion Written by John Berry on 4th February 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

In the UK, we get the idea that our staff need to be technically trained, but we have little or no understanding that the job of 'manager' is neither innate nor obvious. It can't just be learned by trial and error. Simply, we don't train our managers and, as a nation, this lack of management training is killing us. Here's what to do.

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