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Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Health and Longevity, Productivity

People must feel the job develops them

One of your major opportunities as a manager is to develop the people in your team. People need to feel like the job develops them. People need to feel like they are mastering something and adding value, but they also need to feel like they are growing and developing, and that you care about that …

Education and Personal Development, Productivity

A commonplace book for managers

There are opportunities to learn and grow everywhere for managers. In every interaction, every meeting, every plan, every bit of feedback, from wins, from losses, from hiring, from strategy. You get it. Everywhere. We often just need to look out for these opportunities. That’s the hard part. But once you do start noticing your world …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Relevance and Responsiveness

Department of generating cool

I wonder what would happen if every single company had a department dedicated to creating cool stuff? Ideas, products, workplace initiatives, new ways to promote, new HR idea, new market ideas, new marketing ideas, new product communications. If their only job was to improve the business, generate cool ideas. It wouldn’t even need to be a …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

Credit for work done rarely flows where it should

It’s a sad reality that many managers face but credit for work done rarely flows to where it should. People forget who originated the idea. Egos get in the way. Communication often breaks down. Ideas merge and ownership of initiatives can be blurred. People find it hard to say thank-you. Try to be the manager …

Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

Security will become a differentiator in the market

Secure it. Security will be a defining feature for almost all products and services in the future. The security of your customer information and data will be a differentiator in the market. People will choose a company who take security seriously. People will demand a secure process. People will ask how you approach security. Are …

Cultivated Management, Money and Finance

10 Ways To Hire Niche Employees

When you look at the nature of recruitment from a recruitment agency perspective you see some very interesting perspectives that should help you to change the way you plan your recruitment, and I’ll share some ideas in this post. Recruiters are invaluable in finding the right people. It’s just some managers believe that the kind of …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The number of directs is not a measure of management success

Resist the urge to derive your self-worth from the number of direct employees you have. Management isn’t about the sheer number of people you can manage. Management is about getting your business results. Any CFO worth their salt will also ask you to do that with the fewest people possible. Adding more people isn’t always …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

10 Ways To Initiate Change In An Organisation

I get lots of questions from people who want to initiate change in an organisation that doesn’t want to change. It’s a very common question as many employees find themselves working in a culture that sees change as something that is scary and to be avoided at all cost, or simply not required. In order …

Cultivated Management

Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming

Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming. Trust me. I used to spend a huge portion of my day recruiting but it was well worth it. Good people are really hard to find and increasingly hard to tempt to your workplace. They are in demand and hence often take extra leg work to get them for …