Restructuring is often associated with negative connotations and the mere mention of
it can cause disruption and unrest amongst employees and other stakeholders. The
key to change is an integrated approach.

Successful businesses are built by successful people. Poor management of any sales
team will in effect see the result of poor profitability. As the saying goes, attitude
reflects leadership. Nowhere is this more obvious to see than amongst an
organisations sales team.

Leaders tend to focus on obvious issues and often fail to account for the underlying
ones that cause irreparable damage, however it is what lurks beneath the waterline
that should be concerning management.

Most people who work for a boss dream of one day being the boss. Or at
least, being a boss, managing a team of people. But pure ambition without
self-knowledge can lead some to climb the ladder only to find out it?s against
the wrong wall.

People don't leave companies, they leave managers. Or so the saying goes.
While there's little to love about a mean boss, sometimes such managers are
the unfortunate side-effect of your dream job or that awesome company
you've always wanted to work for.

As business executives become increasingly stretched for time, lengthy
strategy programmes are being supplemented or even replaced by much
shorter management interventions, such as the more unconventional Reboot.

Well-trained managers are not only more confident and effective but can save
their companies large amounts of money by implementing newly acquired
business acumen.

Managers are moving away from a "tell style? of management to one that
connects and enables employees, which appears to be gaining momentum
throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Companies, in particular HR, face a monumental challenge to create and
maintain a productive workforce given the draconian labour laws, the
staggering absenteeism and the sobering employee theft, fraud and
corruption statistics in the country.

If you have ever attended a management development course or are
involved in such training, then you know what POLC stands for; yes planning,
leading, organising and controlling. Have you ever thought about how these
things are actually trained?

Research shows that although executives and senior managers may have had
the right skills to climb the ladder, unless they are constantly developing new
skills they?ll soon fall down.

Lack of confidence in their own abilities, lack of trust in a team and the
inability to motivate are the key issues that managers face. Investing in
management training is essential for business success.

Is the problem with South Africa's schooling system rooted in its poor
leadership? Delani Mthembu believes the place to begin solving South Africa?s
education shortfalls is at the top.

The responsibility to remain competitive falls heavily on the shoulders of managers who are often ill equipped to lead the business. In a world characterised by saturated markets and picky consumers trained and knowledgeable senior managers will be the core ingredient of any successful organisation.

The state of industrial relations in South Africa is negatively impacting GDP revealed the International Monetary Fund. This situation is driving employer interest in courses around conflict management and emotional intelligence.

The greatest coach will fail if he or she is trying to motivate a person who doesn?t believe in himself, who is not prepared to take risks, work hard, get up smiling after setbacks, find new ways to restrategise and develop stronger support networks, says Liza van Wyk.

Statistics confirm that engaged employees increase company profits significantly while companies with low levels of engagement will likely experience a drop in operating income within a 12-month period.

Issues around jobs, the financial situation in South Africa, and even the lack of national unity are merely symptoms of a bigger problem and government needs to identify the root cause if the country is to experience real growth and progress, says Liza Van Wyk.

As a manager do you understand your role in the organisation? This is one of the top ten things every manager should know to effectively perform their duties and develop a motivated and productive workforce.

Love them or loathe them, at some point most of us will have to work for a boss. But what you may not realise is that your relationship with your boss could make your career or break it.

Despite overwhelming evidence that poor leadership seriously damages organisations? performance and profitability, many companies are not investing enough - or early enough - in their new managers, research shows.

Employees who have moved up the ranks into a managerial position will know that shaking-off the old image is easier said than done. Here are some tips to managing former colleagues confidently without abusing this newfound power.

More senior managers globally now display psychopathic tendencies according to recent surveys. Fraud, poor earnings, sluggish growth and unhappy workforces are some of the indicators that a psychopathic manager is in charge.

According to a recent survey most new managers are ill-equipped to perform their management roles while half of the 1000 respondents that were interviewed only accepted the promotion so that they could recieve an increase in compensation.

If your employees are disinterested or de-motivated perhaps you are setting the tone. Managers who don't act fairly in the workplace may suffer in the long run as fairness and respect are among the top attributes employees seek in a manager.


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