The growth paradox

For most managers growth is important but out of focus.

In this blog posting Andrew Bent, author of The Growth Director’s Secret, examines the implications of this basic misunderstanding for the business world, explores the new tools and techniques that have emerged from the world of neuroscience in the last ten years, and shows how the smartest businesses are using new ways of thinking to achieve transformational success.

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Be positive as you shift your organisational culture

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By shortlisted author Jeff Gold

Doctorate-Business-and-ManagementIn organisations, one of the most difficult and complex issues is how to bring about changes or shifts in cultures.

One of the persistent findings in our research is that leaders and managers assume that everyone in their organisation has the same interest and concern about future direction and purpose as they do. But this is unlikely and variations of interest and concern can make change and culture shift a very difficult problem.

THE CULTURE IS SINKING

A large public sector organisation (which we will call PublicOrg), employing 8,500 people, faced a serious problem; there were statutory targets to meet but continuous cuts in budgets and resources.

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Unfairness at work: looking at employment relationship in a new light

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By shortlisted author Cecilie Bingham

Employment-RelationsEmployees from British Home Stores have seen their pension fund disappear, workers in Sports Direct have been paid below the minimum wage, construction firms have been fined for blacklisting union members, Tesco is the subject of a legal dispute – some of its employees claiming that it has discriminated against them on grounds of gender and age following pay cuts for night and weekend shift working, the abuse of zero hours contracts is rife .

These incidents have all occurred in the last year and, although rare, are examples of the ways in which employers sometimes treat their employees as a means to a profitable end and nothing more.

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The origins of ethical failures

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By Management Book of the Year shortlisted author Dennis Gentilin

As Mary Gentile puts it, my “commitment to ethical business was forged in the fire of personal experience”.

In 2004, I was p9781138690516ublically named as a “whistleblower” in a trading scandal that rocked one of Australia’s largest banks. Prior to the incident, “values”, “integrity” and “morality” were nebulous concepts I read about in textbooks. Subsequent to the incident the true meaning of these words were revealed to me.

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Building a culture of innovation: how to grow fast and avoid failure

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By shortlisted author Jo Geraghty

9780749474478Building a culture of innovation can transform organisations and improve the everyday lives and experiences of their employees, their investors and their customers. That may be a bold statement but it is one which is backed up by survey after survey across the globe.

Witness the Wazoku Everyday Innovation report which revealed that 90% of executives believe that making cost savings and improving customer experiences come from adopting a culture of innovation. Witness too a Twisthink survey which revealed that 93% of executives believed that innovation was important to their organisation.

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