An MBA is great – but you’ll need soft skills to make an impact

Posted on: December 3, 2018 Soft skills

This article “An MBA is great – but you’ll need soft skills to make an impact” was published on the Association of MBAs (AMBA) web site on 23 November 2018  https://community.mbaworld.com/blog/b/weblog/posts/an-mba-is-great-but-you-ll-need-those-soft-skills-to-make-an-impact They don’t teach you about soft skills and relationships at Business School, but these are what could make the vital difference to career success, says Kim Tasso […]

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Book review: Professional services leadership handbook by Nigel Clark, Ben Kent, Alastair Beddow and Adrian Furner

Posted on: October 31, 2018 Professional services leadership handbook

The Professional services leadership handbook (subtitled “How to lead a professional services firm in a new age of competitive disruption”) was published in 2017 and it has taken a while to read and digest the contents and write this review. Professional services leadership is an important topic and the book contains a huge amount of […]

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Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons

Posted on: October 19, 2018 Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons

There is a myth that magpies are attracted to shiny, sparkly things. The myth says that they will even steal them. (In 2014 researchers at Exeter University disproved the idea that magpies are attracted to shiny things – but bear with me while I continue my metaphor). Creative swiping was a term coined by Tom […]

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Book review: Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant

Posted on: October 3, 2018 Reinforcements - why asking for help is difficult

The original (shorter) review of Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant was published in the October edition of Professional Marketing magazine http://www.pmforum.co.uk/pm-magazine/pm-magazine.aspx Reinforcement can mean a) enlisting extra help and b) a process to establish a particular behaviour using reward. Cleverly, this short book addresses both. It’s stuffed with interesting […]

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Book review: “The change catalyst – secrets to successful and sustainable business change” by Campbell MacPherson (Change Management)

Posted on: September 26, 2018 Change management Change Catalyst

I was at the Business Book Awards https://www.businessbookawards.co.uk/  in March. I saw Campbell’s humble and humorous acceptance speech when this book scooped the overall winner prize. The judges’ glowing commendations  meant that I simply had to read it. The change catalyst is indeed a great book. It’s beautifully written and a welcome addition to change management […]

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