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HR - the frontline?

The images of Air France HR bosses being manhandled by workers and having their clothes shredded in the process were quite something.

As Sathnam Sanghera pointed out in his customarily astute way in The Times (9th October 2015), HR is too frequently left to do management’s dirty work and made a scapegoat.

He went on to quote from Claire Warren’s article in Work, the quarterly trade magazine …

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Leadership v Followership

There is a growing belief that management training has concentrated too much on ‘leadership’ skills and this preoccupation has ‘led to too many offices with people who think they are in charge while fewer and fewer actually do the work’, (The Times, on 1 October 2015).

The argument runs on that ‘Followership is something companies should think about’.

The article also quoted Ira Chaleff, the A…

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A Business Go-Between?

The Go-Between was revived recently on television. The famous line, now a quotable quote, which starts it off is, ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’

I think the same could be said of business. Why is this so?

It starts at school, where there is still precious little, if any in most cases, training for an adult life at work. Added to the deficiency in educating our…

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Held to Account

It is a pity that shareholders meetings can’t be a bit more like a session of the Public Accounts Committee chaired by Margaret Hodge.

The latest one – where Rona Fairhead, a non-executive director at HSBC and Head of the BBC Trust was given a right royal roasting – is the sort of thing I have in mind.

Concluding about Ms Fairhead after her performance before the Committee, Ms Hodge said , “you…

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To the Power of Three

It has long been understood, that grouping three concepts, words, or phrases (as I have just done!) is the ideal way to make, explain or emphasize a point when communicating with other people.The Romans knew this and a BC example of this is, of course Caesar’s “I came, I saw, I conquered”. An AD example might be ‘The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost’, or, in a different way, ‘wine, women and so…

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