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About mercenaries and contractors

Opinion Written by John Berry on 19th November 2018. Revised 21st November 2018. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Machiavelli talks captivatingly about mercenaries: as soldiers paid a stipend, they lack loyalty. He argues that the prince's own army progresses better. Arguments in favour of your own employees over those contracting for you transport well through time. Contractors enter an economic contract. Employees engage emotionally, commit for the long term and will add value.

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Knowledge Management and the Growth of Competence: Achieving competitive advantage in the firm

White Paper Written by Sue Berry on 20th December 2016. Revised 29th October 2018. Reading time: 11 minutes.

Intuitively we know that knowledge in a firm is good. In the East, those with knowledge are revered. But why is it that knowledge has value, and specifically, why is it that knowledge in a firm is useful to that firm? Something also tells us that knowledge for its own sake is of little value. It needs to be applied, to become competence, to realise its true value. This brief ‘intuitive’ look starts the process of building a framework for knowledge and its conversion to competence.

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Our Solutions in Workplace Mediation

Article Written by John Berry on 18th May 2017. Revised 29th October 2018. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Disputes occur from time to time in every workplace. Disputes are costly, raising stress and ill-feeling. Disputes reduce employee commitment and engagement, not just in those directly affected. Workplace mediation is a method of resolving disputes. Here's how.

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Setting out the process of development, talent management & succession

Audio Visual Written by John Berry on 26th September 2018. Revised 28th September 2018.

A 1 minute 30 second snippet advertising the link to the TimelessTime webinar titled "Setting out the process of development, talent management & succession". This is Webinar 4 in Trimester 2 of the Level 7 Manager Development Programme. The full 20 minute video recording of the webinar is available at https://community.timelesstime.co.uk - navigate under Categories to Level 7 Manager Development Webinars.

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Are there really only four personality types?

Audio Visual Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 27th September 2018. Reading time: 5 minutes.

The business of predicting how, from their personality profile, humans will behave has both fascinated and annoyed managers. Northwestern University published results of research suggesting four personality types. Data from145,000 respondents was analysed using ‘big-data’ computer analysis methods using clustering algorithms. This research is easily misinterpreted and does not offer a robust or useful simplification.

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Planning & implementing organisational up-skilling

Audio Visual Written by John Berry on 26th September 2018.

A 1 minute 30 second snippet advertising the link to the TimelessTime webinar titled "Planning & implementing organisational up skilling". This is Webinar 5 in Trimester 2 of the Level 7 Manager Development Programme. The full 20 minute video recording of the webinar is available at https://community.timelesstime.co.uk - navigate under Categories to Level 7 Manager Development Webinars.

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Determining the right developmental tool for each person and goal

Audio Visual Written by John Berry on 24th September 2018. Revised 26th September 2018.

A 1 minute 30 second snippet advertising the link to the TimelessTime webinar titled "Determining the right developmental tool for each person and goal". This is Webinar 6 in Trimester 2 of the Level 7 Manager Development Programme. The full 20 minute video recording of the webinar is available at https://community.timelesstime.co.uk - navigate under Categories to Level 7 Manager Development Webinars.

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