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Delegation – the neglected skill

Is Delegation the most overlooked skill in the management “Toolbox”? The often quoted maxim of, “if you want it done properly, do it yourself” would seem to suggest so. Yet that statement does nothing more than identify the incompetent manager, one who has missed the point, entirely, of delegation. Delegation, and performing it well, acts […]

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The Magical East (of Europe, that is) – part 1

Here I veer away from my usual topics of business (with the occasional foray into commentary on style), to offer up some snapshots of my experiences of travelling. Part 1 looks at a recent trip through the Baltic region. There are, obviously, different types of locations for different purposes, I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that […]

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Survive to Thrive – an introduction to 5S

Introduction Over my many years of 5S implementation in print companies, I have come across several epithets attributed to the system but this struck me as the most appropriate for this era: The comprehensive implementation of each S is the starting point in the development of improvement activities that enables any company to survive. Every […]

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Anecdotes – the Wales era 2

A continuation of the Anecdote series and another from my stint as GM in Wales, from the turn of the Century. First names have been changed. “Do you know who I am?!” Allow me to introduce Vernon. Vernon was the Sales Director, someone that might be described as detached from reality, where reality requires work […]

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Anecdotes – the Wales era

A return to the literary sorbet that cleanses the senses, after the weighty verbiage of Aristotle’s theories and postulations. I present the next in the series of Anecdotes. The same location, the same business and the same period of time have provided a rich vein of anecdotal material. Not only characters from the shop floor, […]

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Objective teams part 3 – performing teams

Introduction To use a metaphor: building a house with weak foundations is inadvisable. It might allow the first floor to be built but never more and, over time, there is a good chance that that house will subside and sink, or collapse in on itself. The same is with teams. Short term, first level, gains […]