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Robust Management Control Systems

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact If a manager is not given the tools to do the job then they rely on gut feel and perception of performance levels.  If they don’t have access to frequent and comparative key performance indicators to see how they’re doing against where they want to be, then significant […]

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Documented Procedures

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact The opposite problem occurs when a manager is brought in from the outside and doesn’t understand the business or take time to get to know the people and work they’re now responsible for. Some Managers are too proud to let anyone think they don’t know what’s going on, […]

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Define the Role and Recruit to purpose

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact A manager* gets things done through other people. It’s sad but true that many managers are promoted into their position of power because they’ve been good at doing the job. Whilst it’s commendable to recruit from within and show the organization that there is scope to move up […]

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Reduce the Fear Factor

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact One consideration that is often overlooked is the atmosphere in the office.  Tyranny went out with the dark ages, and controlling by intimidation is no longer an option.  Management styles, and the working environment strongly influence how people perform. Bullying and harassment in the workplace, whether by managers […]

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Staff Wellbeing and Comfort

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Staff wellbeing and comfort is not just about the importance of ergonomics.  Yes, its critical (and a Health & Safety requirement) to prevent injury by ensuring that workstations are properly positioned, the correct operator chairs are provided to workers sitting at computers all day long etc.  These are […]

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Flexible Work Force

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact One way round the imbalance of work is to make workers more flexible in what they can do, and thereby allow them to see a piece of work through to the end, rather than working in a “batch” process and other workers becoming dependent on them for their […]

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Communicate Specific Expectations

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Employees can only be productive if they know where the team is heading. Lack of vision and unclear company goals result in wasted effort, disorganization, and inefficiency in the workplace. How often do you hear a manager saying their staff knows what they’re doing and can just be left to get […]

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Training is a Necessity not a Luxury

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Many companies often consider Training and Development a luxury rather than a necessity.  Managers perceive they don’t have time to train subordinates; it’s quicker to do it themselves, and lets them feel they’re staying in control. Not training staff properly only serves to demoralize them and probably increases […]

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Give People More Work to Do

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact I’m going to start with the elephant in the room – the simplest most common sense solution to making your resource more productive – giving people more work to do.  We live in a culture of “you can’t treat people like robots”, and not wanting to “put people […]

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Managing the Money
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Managing the Money

CONQUERING BARRIERS TO BUSINESS GROWTH Barrier 7 Managing the Money   As a Business Owner are you confident that your company is on solid foundations financially?  We all read about how the lack of financial strategy and poor control leads to the downfall of many small businesses, but how well are we really managing our […]

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