Category Archives: Managing people

Captain Cook gets a baptism

England suffered a heavy defeat this morning in the first Test Match against India at Ahmedabad. What is it like being a leader at times like this? Alastair Cook, England’s relatively new captain will be learning some tough lessons: 1. … Continue reading

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There’s no KP in TEAM

We’ve all heard that there’s no “I” in TEAM. After being dropped, there is now no Kevin Pietersen either. So why did England omit KP from their crucial final Test squad against South Africa at Lords today? Is there a … Continue reading

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Only the art-less can afford art

It seemed mighty unfair that the girls should lose the task. Kicking off a new series of BBC’s Apprentice, the first task was to design, make and sell printed items. The girls’ team Sterling produced some excellent ideas. Even the … Continue reading

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How to manage an extrovert

I sat in on an interview conducted by an extrovert. In all the time he was talking, there wasn’t a single question directed at the candidate! She had a winning smile to be fair, and doubtless an impeccable CV, but … Continue reading

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Do you believe in people?

I fully understand if you don’t, because people let you down. But if we want to lead people we have to start believing in them. Sometimes it takes a real act of faith. Or maybe it’s instinct. After all there … Continue reading

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Does the boss need to be good with people?

The commonest reason for promotion to manager is: technical excellence and hard work. But if you want to lead people, those excellent technical skills won’t be anything like enough. Even worse, if you work in a business where it’s every-man-for-himself, … Continue reading

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English proud of Stella

Stella English was an unsurprising winner for BBC’s Apprentice 2010. She has been exceptionally good from the moment she won the task for the boys in episode 2. This was the best series of The Apprentice I have seen. It … Continue reading

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