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WHEN DID EVERYONE BECOME A LEADER ?

10-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “Life isn’t easy, and leadership is harder still.” Bard College Professor Walter Russell Mead Author: Chatham House; CC BY 2.0 license; via Wikimedia Commons I can remember a time when the term “leader” was used to describe the most senior pers... Lesen Sie mehr »

BUSYNESS OR BUSINESS … THAT IS THE QUESTION

17-Feb-2014 - Les Hayman “Some people can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable”. American cartoonist and journalist Kin Hubbard (1868-1930) I was interested to read recently that Goldman Sachs has announced that it will lessen the workload for its bank... Lesen Sie mehr »

MEN AND WOMEN ARE NEITHER FROM MARS NOR FROM VENUS

25-Feb-2013 - Les Hayman In early 1993 I read the book called “Men are from Mars Women are from Venus” written by John Gray, American author and relationship counsellor. The book sat on the American best seller list for 121 weeks and reportedly over the last 20 years has... Lesen Sie mehr »

HUMAN ENERGY IS THE GREATEST RENEWABLE RESOURCE

09-Jul-2012 - Les Hayman The dictionary defines renewable energy as “any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, such as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric powerthat is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel.” I was in India ... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHAT THEY DON’T TEACH YOU ABOUT PEOPLE

07-May-2012 - Les Hayman Business schools may be great at teaching people how to read a balance sheet, calculate net present value, internal rate of return and discounted cash flow, but they do not seem to do a great job at teaching future “masters of the universe” that ... Lesen Sie mehr »

ARE FANATICS OR FOOLS THE PROBLEM ?

23-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell Whilst it may not have been his primary intent, I always find it interesting how accurate Ber... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN YOU KNOW IT IS TIME TO CHANGE COMPANIES

19-Feb-2012 - Les Hayman I have always believed that people join companies, but leave managers. Surveys tell us that over 70% of corporate departures are because an employee was not able to build a working relationship with his immediate supervisor, which seems logical a... Lesen Sie mehr »

GIVING POSITIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

05-Dec-2011 - Les Hayman Noted French writer Francois de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) said “Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.” via Wikimedia Commons (United States public domain) Many managers ... Lesen Sie mehr »

COME BACK E.T. EUROPE NEEDS YOU

07-Nov-2011 - Les Hayman Here we are in November 2011 and despite efforts by the Greek Prime Minister to personally derail the rescue, the Euro has been resolutely saved … yet again. This time all that was needed was to increase the European Financial Stability Facility ... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE SOONER YOU FALL BEHIND, THE MORE TIME YOU HAVE TO CATCH UP

31-Oct-2011 - Les Hayman Douglas Adams (1952-2001) author of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” said – “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Author: Nicosmos (own work); via Wikimedia Commons Why are most people so prone to procras... Lesen Sie mehr »

SUN TZU WOULD GO BROKE TODAY

03-Oct-2011 - Les Hayman I am amazed at how many business people falsely believe that “Business is War”, and how many young managers and MBA students see Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” as being the holy bible for waging business in the same way that one would wage war. I know th... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE PROBLEM WITH COMPROMISE

06-Sep-2010 - Les Hayman I have always hated compromise!   I believe that the problem with compromise is that no-one really gets what they want and therefore no-one is really committed to the success of the compromise decision, and I find this to be as true in pe... Lesen Sie mehr »

I LIVE TO WORK OR I WORK TO LIVE

05-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman The great thing about being a Manager is that you only have one primary objective. All you have to do is to create an environment where people can be unbelievably successful. I understand that this is easier to say than to do, but it’s not a bad ... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN YOU KNOW IT IS TIME TO CHANGE YOUR BOSS

14-Apr-2014 - Les Hayman “Kill my boss ? Do I dare live out the American dream ?” American actor and writer Dan Castellaneta Every boss has their own style and their own set of strengths and weaknesses. It is rare to actually find a boss who is perfect and maybe the best... Lesen Sie mehr »

ARE YOU AN AUTOCRATIC OR PERMISSIVE MANAGER ?

04-Jun-2012 - Les Hayman Management styles are mainly based on the two key elements of how one goes about making decisions and how one relates to people, which tend to point towards someone being either an autocratic or a permissive manager. Whilst many managers may hav... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHY ARE SO MANY MANAGERS SO BAD AT RECRUITING ?

12-Dec-2011 - Les Hayman Putting the right people in the right place is a critical skill of any manager and yet for many this is a serious weakness, resulting in them regularly putting people into roles where they can’t succeed. Not only is this an expensive mistake to m... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE THREE ENVELOPES

09-Aug-2010 - Les Hayman Just after I was appointed to the role of IT Manager at International Harvester NZ about 40 years ago, a colleague told me a story that highlighted the tenuous nature of management roles. It involved the removal of a CEO by his board after the co... Lesen Sie mehr »

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