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We need to take frequent small steps towards our goals or we just won't get there!

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People are more likely to be engaged if they feel that they have new opportunities to learn and grow, and that they are moving forward in their roles and in their careers.

As you meet with each of your people to review this year’s performance, think ahead to next year, and plan together what will be different.

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Generation Y is entering the workplace! Do they need special attention?

Do they have special characteristics and needs?

If so what are they and should you do something about it?

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You know that feeling: your diary is ‘back to back’ meetings all day! How are you going to get anything done?

These days, we are all members of many teams, which has its advantages and some major pitfalls. See what you need to do in order to manage them successfully!

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At work, our ability to make good decisions fast will be a major determinant in how we perform and how well our performance is perceived by our stakeholders.

Understanding your decision making style and those of your stakeholders and peers will help you work more effectively with them, reducing frustration gathering and presenting data.

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Can a Lean approach to achieving benchmarked goals and targets lead to Chinese dominance of the global auto industry?

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Chelsea Football Club's, Roberto Di Matteo focuses on the key coaching skills as he seeks to turnaround the team’s poor season in 2011/12.

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The word lean conjures up a lot of images…lean meat, skinny, slender, thin, and concise and importantly without excess or fat. Indeed the word lean can be associated with poor performance as in ‘a lean year’. Use these questions to help you understand what it means to you...

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In planning our careers, where does management end and leadership start?

Leadership and management need each other to get things done.

Leadership defines a vision of the future, the changes it requires and inspires people to commit to delivering it. Management plans, controls and co-ordinates the resources, processes and activities that will make it a reality.

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Business Process Reengineering(BPR) was one of the first major change management approaches to use the word ‘process’. A process view is key to other major change methodologies such as Total Quality Management (TQM) and Lean Six Sigma.

Yet, our organisations are still structured vertically with a functional hierarchies and our careers progress upwards through them. In many cases change is instigated by an individual function looking at its own problems and opportunities.

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