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Post Category: ‘A Modern System of Management’

4G Balanced scorecards are about more flexible management systems

Kotter puts it very well, ” Management is about making sure the system runs in the organisation; whereas leaders choose and design the management system that the organisation needs”. In “Reinventing management”, Julian Birkinshaw writes about alternative ways to choose how to manage organisations. Jim Collins talks about leaders as either time tellers or clock builders; the latter designing the system …

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The Psychology of Management: Taking the long view

I am quite interested in the psychology of management because I think we tend to adopt psychological models of how management work and how change happens without necessarily understanding, or questioning, their validity. I also find that psychology has moved on, whereas management thinking is less quick to react.  When that happens we are in danger as managers of falling behind. …

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Reinventing how we manage for the second decade of the 21st Century

Given a continuing climate of austerity, uncertainty and international competition, most executives are under pressure to improve their organisations through costs, productivity or revenues. The focus for change has primarily been in how we operate: our business and operational processes.  Over the years we have had waves of change including process re-engineering, outsourcing and, more recently, lean thinking.  We are …

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We manage by absorbing friction – and building up heat!

When I did my book launch at the Ritz this week, (Come on allow me to bask in glory for a while) .  When I spoke I suggested that the way we manage is designed to absorb friction.  Let me explain. The challenge of converting strategy into performance is neatly summed up by one of my favourite writers on Strategy, …

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Managing organisations in the same ways birds manage to fly together

Treat this as an off the wall, whimsical post – with a serious intent…. One thing that we all see far too much of –  Management. One problem with many organisations is that we spend too much time managing, we create too many rules and practices and processes for management, in fact we create entire departments (HR, finance, training) to …

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Integrating rolling and continuous budgeting with your Strategy

The challenge… Increasingly businesses are waking up to the fact that traditional, annual budgeting can constrain, as much as it controls and plans. No-one is saying, “Ignore the money”. However, it is a tool designed for centralised planning over relatively long and stable periods. The forecast we made before month 1 even started, becomes our fixed target for the next …

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