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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 »

Why HCM Data Quality Matters

26-Aug-2014 - Stephen Millard There's a an acronym in computer science that holds true in many areas of business including that of HCM - GIGO.  It stands for "Garbage In, Garbage Out" and refers to the fact that computers will process things literally and if you enter dat... Lesen Sie mehr »

REMOVING MANAGEMENT CLUTTER

25-Aug-2014 - Les Hayman “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house burn down.” American author and farmer Wendell Berry After 13 years of ownership we have recently sold our home near Bordeaux … with mixed emotions. There is an expression her... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE LEADERSHIP GAP

30-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman “It is the men behind who make the man ahead.” American editor and author, Merle Crowell (1906-1959) I have recently been invited to give the opening keynote at the 2014 HRM Expo in Cologne, Germany this coming October, my given topic being “Are ... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE MANAGEMENT ART OF COOKING

16-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Newspaper columnist and writer Harriet Van Horne (1920-1998). I love to cook (even though I am at best an enthusiastic beginner), ever since my wife once gave me, as a ... Lesen Sie mehr »

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

09-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman The aphorism “Knowledge is power” (Scientia potential est) has been mostly attributed to author and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), even though this is not quite what he said. In his “Meditations Sacre” (1597) he does say “Ipsa scientia po... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHY SO MANY INCENTIVE PROGRAMMES FAIL

02-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman “Outstanding performance is not a skill; it’s a commitment and an attitude.” I had a discussion a few days ago with a newly appointed manager about the “trip for performance” culture in his company for top performing salesmen, as he felt that the... Lesen Sie mehr »

HOW TO IDENTIFY A FUTURE LEADER

21-Apr-2014 - Les Hayman “In the C-suite, the need to develop and implement a plan for leadership succession is one of the most frequently discussed topics. Yet the overwhelming majority of companies have done little about it.” Wayne F. Cascio I have found that most comp... Lesen Sie mehr »

LEADERS BUILD ENEMIES

31-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “You have enemies? Good. That means that you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965) It is an old adage that political leaders need enemies, and that if they don’t actually have one at any specific time, t... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE ART OF MANAGERIAL COURAGE

03-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not the one who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and President of South Africa Nelson Man... Lesen Sie mehr »

LEADERS LEAVE LEGACIES

13-Jan-2014 - Les Hayman “The only thing you take with you when you are gone is what you leave behind.” John Allston (1666-1719). I find that one of the things that you think about as you get older is whether you will leave anything worthwhile behind after you are gone, ... Lesen Sie mehr »

MOST CEOS ARE NOT MANAGED WELL ENOUGH BY THEIR BOARDS

04-Nov-2013 - Les Hayman I have served on quite a large number of different boards for companies of all sizes, in different countries and cultures, and believe that generally boards do not manage their CEOs well enough. Author: Areyn; CC BY-SA 3.0 license; via Wikimedia ... Lesen Sie mehr »

PEOPLE PERFORMANCE PITFALLS

28-Oct-2013 - Les Hayman I have always disliked formal performance reviews, irrespective of which side of the table I was on and irrespective of whether they were with a top performer or someone struggling with their role. I have long believed that they are not the best ... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE LESSONS THAT MANAGERS CAN LEARN FROM SINGAPORE

23-Sep-2013 - Les Hayman I have been a big fan of Singapore, and in particular of its founder Dr. Lee Kwan Yew, since I first visited the island in 1977. I had the privilege of living and working there for over 6 years, before being transferred to Europe, and after an ab... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGING EXECUTIVE BURNOUT

29-Jul-2013 - Les Hayman “I’ve tried yoga, tai-chi and meditation, but I find stress less boring.” I had an interesting comment posted by a colleague in response to my last blog post, which was about Leadership (see “Leadership is a subtle art” posted July 22, 2013. He f... Lesen Sie mehr »

LEADERSHIP IS A SUBTLE ART

22-Jul-2013 - Les Hayman “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism. Author: Page 72 of Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner’s Myths and Legends of China on Pro... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN BOARDS GET IT WRONG

24-Jun-2013 - Les Hayman “God made the idiot for practice, and then He made the … Board” American author and humourist Mark Twain (1835-1910) Source: 1890 painting by James Carroll Beckwith; via Wikimedia Commons I have come to realise that quite a few boards of direct... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE MANAGEMENT ART OF MUCKING OUT HORSE STABLES

10-Jun-2013 - Les Hayman “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), American author, trainer and lecturer. As we are the enthusiastic owners of two horses, I regularly... Lesen Sie mehr »

NEVER RUSH TO RECRUIT

03-Jun-2013 - Les Hayman “I am convinced that little that we do as managers is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” Laurence Bossidy, author and former COO of GE Author: Thomas Alva Edison; {{PD-US... Lesen Sie mehr »

A DUMMY’S GUIDE TO OFFICE POLITICS

06-May-2013 - Les Hayman “The person who says “I’m not political” is in great danger, as only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office’s politics”. Jean Hollands (US Trainer and Coach). Politics in the workplace is a fact of ... Lesen Sie mehr »

HR … DOES PERISH COME NEXT AFTER PARTNER AND PLAYER ?

22-Apr-2013 - Les Hayman I have long believed, written and spoken about the fact that HR organisations need to go through a major transition to be allowed to survive as a business unit, rather than just ending up handling administrative functions in a shared service cent... Lesen Sie mehr »

MYTHS ABOUT MANAGEMENT

01-Apr-2013 - Les Hayman “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” American President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Source: The White House Historical Association; vi... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE MANAGEMENT ART OF STACKING FIREWOOD

18-Mar-2013 - Les Hayman William Faulkner (1897-1962), American writer and Nobel Prize winner said “The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quite solvent business”. I am in Klosters in Switzerland for two weeks of skiing with my family, and it is almost impo... Lesen Sie mehr »

EIGHTH RULE OF MANAGEMENT

21-Jan-2013 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others (see “First rule of management” posted June 25, 2012). The second rule of management is that t... Lesen Sie mehr »

WOULD DISASTER HAVE STRUCK LEHMAN SISTERS ?

12-Nov-2012 - Les Hayman I have been inspired by Jonas Ridderstrale, a speaker at the AtelierSAP conference in Berlin last week, to speculate on what would be the state of the world today if Lehman Brothers had not been founded in 1850 by Henry, Emanuel and Mayer, but ha... Lesen Sie mehr »

ANGER IN MANAGEMENT

13-Aug-2012 - Les Hayman “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.” Theologian Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972) Anger is a human process that has been felt by most normal people at some ti... 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 »

FIRST RULE OF MANAGEMENT

25-Jun-2012 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others. Management life tends to be extremely busy and demanding, particularly when you manage a larg... Lesen Sie mehr »

HOW TO DRIVE YOUR BOSS CRAZY

30-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman During my career I have worked with many colleagues who have inspired and motivated me, some who made me laugh and many who made me proud of them, but I have also had a few of them who drove me crazy. Some were managers (see “There is nothing wor... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN YOU KNOW THAT MANAGERS ARE AMATEURS

19-Mar-2012 - Les Hayman I have had a number of instances in recent years where I have become involved with a company and fairly quickly come to the conclusion that the management team that has been tasked with effectively running the company is actually incapable of del... 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 »

WHO WANTS TO BE A CEO ?

14-Nov-2011 - Les Hayman I am often asked about what characteristics I believe are needed to be able to become a successful CEO. It’s not an easy question to answer as there are so many different aspects that one can address, and libraries of management books have been w... Lesen Sie mehr »

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY …..

24-Oct-2011 - Les Hayman I understand that the salary that you are paid for the work that you do is important, but there are many things that are more important if you want to have a successful career, and to ultimately do well. By Hersfold; via Wikimedia Commons Here ... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE 3 GREAT BUSINESS LIES

02-Aug-2010 - Les Hayman It is incredible that marketing organisations within companies spend such an incredible amount of time developing a company’s mission, vision and values statements and yet they all tend to come up with basically the same things over and over aga... Lesen Sie mehr »

CONGRATULATIONS … YOU’RE A HIGH POTENTIAL … HERE IS YOUR TATTOO

26-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman Ever since Jack Welch told the world something along the lines of “ … look after the top 10% because they create the magic ..”, every company has put some effort into implementing a “High Potential” or “Top Talent” programme (Pesto effect ?), tha... Lesen Sie mehr »

GYMNASTICS AND BUSINESS

19-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman Some time ago I was surprised to learn that in gymnastics competitions at global levels such as the Olympics, achieving a “perfect score” for a perfectly executed routine in any of the disciplines, needs more than just the perfection of the routi... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGING YOUR CAREER

14-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman I have found that most people do very little to manage their own careers. The majority of people seem to work their way through their jobs with varying degrees of skill and commitment, and wait for opportunities to present themselves, then pick ... Lesen Sie mehr »

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