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How to do more with less

Feb 04th

“My mantra is simplification, both internally and with the clients I am working with. That means always asking the questions, is this the simplest way of doing it? Is this an elegant way of doing it? Is this absolutely necessary, does it really add value? Is it freeing up time for people to add value doing the things that really matter, or is it just eating up your time? The most successful businesses have simplification ingrained in their DNA”

In these belt tightening times, exactly how can businesses keep growing? Management Today gathered a group of corporate leaders and asked what

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This article is filed under: cost cutting, more for less, waste

Leadership in times of uncertainty

Dec 20th

This paper is sparked by a dinner discussion, facilitated by Stanton Marris and hosted by Addleshaw Goddard in November 2010 with participants from a number of financial service businesses with the theme Have our leaders led us down the garden path and how do we get back up again?

A recent paper by Douglas Board † suggested that there had been a deafening silence about the role of leadership up to and during the crisis in financial institutions.  We wanted to test if a focus on leadership and leadership development had become irrelevant and we wanted to find out if leadership

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This article is filed under: leadership, leadership development, transformational leadership

Is leadership just high level stuff?

Nov 14th

“A mistake executives often make is thinking that being a leader and being a manager are the same thing. But while there are similarities, they are quite distinct.” Rhymer Rigby, The Financial Times, 12 November 2010.

You need to stay up on the balcony where you can see what’s happening on the dance floor, rather than being on the dance floor. Leading also has a far stronger political element than managing.  You need to deal with the emotional stuff as well. You have to tune into the mood of people and connect with them. Leaders are influencers and persuaders. It’s a

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This article is filed under: leadership

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The National Children and Adult Services Conference

Nov 02nd

One of our clients, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), will be exhibiting at this years National Children and Adult Services Conference in Manchester tomorrow. This is an established event that sees an audience of approximately 1200 high-level attendees coming together for three days to discuss and debate the latest issues affecting children and adult services.
 
SSAT is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to raising levels of achievement in secondary education, and to sharing new and effective teaching and learning practices.
 
We wish them well tomorrow!

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This article is filed under: raising levels of achievement

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Making safety a priority

Oct 08th

This week leaders in organisations that claim to make safety their priority have probably had a sustained aha moment.

On Wednesday I attended a leadership forum, alog with about 100 senior safety leaders, organised by AKT productions. It put the spotlight firmly on leaders by getting them to ‘Think Again’ through an engaging dramatisation of BP’s Texas City and Deepwater Horizon tragedies.

On Thursday there was a full page feature in the Financial Times under the hard hitting headline: ‘A sea change needed’. It was evaluating the last chance BP’s new CEO, Bob Dudley, has to transform the organisation’s culture to

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This article is filed under: organisational culture, safety

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Find out why the best organisations are getting back to basics

Oct 07th

There’s no room for flabby businesses today, even those that weathered the storm are cutting back on essentials. This month’s editor, Andrew Jackson, looks at what you can do to improve your bottom line.  Read the full article Getting back to basics

Also featuring in the October strategy digest…

The bitter pill of spending cuts
How to successfully move up in the world
How to ensure your legacy

To receive your own copy of the monthly Inside Track strategy digest, register now at www.stantonmarris.com

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This article is filed under: cost cutting, leadership, more for less

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How to demand less and get more

Oct 05th

I recently read an article about how Sony Pictures gets more out of people by demanding less. I was intrigued to find out that burnout and employee disengagement were the major contributors, and that helping them manage their energy not their time turned this around. A shift in the way leaders manage employees, viewing them as human beings not computers, and investing time in meeting their core needs helped people feel more energised and inspired to be able to cope with personal and corporate demands. Interestingly the single biggest derailer is not having full sponsorship and engagement from the leadership

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This article is filed under: employee motivation, organisational culture, organisational energy

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Sep 16th

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