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5 Steps to Effective Personnel Management

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 16 Jun 2014

Effective personnel management is one of the hardest tasks for any manager but it's also one of the most important.

Effective Personnel Management

Managing large teams can feel like a never ending task. The minute you think you have a grasp of the team's availability and capabilities, something changes and it can feel like going back to square one.

You need to approach the different aspects of personnel management in the right order, at the right times, for the best chance of success.

In this post I outline my 5 Steps to Effective Personnel Management. Read through and see how they compare to your processes.

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Why Leadership is Important at Every Level

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 16 Dec 2013

"Who is your Leadership Skills course aimed at?"

That is the most common question we get asked about leadership training.

The answer?

Anybody who wants to lead in their organisation, from team members up to C-level executives and business owners.

It is a common misconception that leadership is only important for positions of authority.

I think that's wrong and in this post I'm going to explain why leadership is important at all levels of an organisation.

I've also put together some highly simplified graphics to show why I think that leadership at the bottom can often lead to highest level of organisational change.

Leading from the Top

Leadership Pyramid- Leading from the top

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Leading Upwards

Written by Andy Trainer – Sun 09 Jun 2013

ladder-leading-upwardsTrue leaders lead whether they've been given an official position of power or not.

On our Leadership Training Course, you'll learn that it takes more than just a title to be a leader; it takes courage, passion, empathy, confidence and a whole lot more.

Being able to lead effectively when you're not a designated leader is tough.

It's a fine line to tread between being helpful and being arrogant or egotistical, and this is especially the case with how your boss or superior will react to you taking some of the reigns.

With that in mind, I thought we'd take a look at how to lead upwards, without encroaching on your manager's territory.

This is the sort of advanced people management skill that will really give your career a boost in the long-term.

Understanding Yourself

Analyse your skills

If you're aware of where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you'll be better equipped to deal with others, and dealing with others is the fundamental goal of leadership.

Is communication something you're comfortable with or does it need working on? Are you a confident talker or a thoughtful listener (or both)? Do you lead with charisma or are you reserved?

Asking these questions, and others, of yourself will allow you to get to grips with who you are in a professional capacity, and only then can you begin to lead others.

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Plato's School of Management

Written by Andy Trainer – Tue 08 Jan 2013

'He was a wise man who invented (management)'!

It might not seem apparent at first, but Management and Philosophy go together like Kant and the Categorical Imperative.

Management, among other things, seeks to provide a structure to get the best from people, to understand business and make people (customers, staff, bosses) happy.

Philosophy, among other things, seeks to provide a structure to get the best from life, to understand the world and make people (society, individuals) happy.

So can managers learn anything from the great philosophers? Certainly.

If you'd like to learn how to be a great manager, why not try our Management Skills Courses?

This post will be part of a series called 'Management Lessons From Philosophy' we'll start with the ideas of the ancient philosophers from Greece and work our way up to the modern thinkers, exploring everything that can be applied to management along the way.

This week we begin with the man who started it all: Plato.


"The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living"

The Godfather of everything philosophical, Plato is the man when it comes to wise one-liners that make you re-evaluate, well, everything!

With this quote he is arguing that to make the most of life, one really needs to inquire and seek knowledge, both about the world and oneself.

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Managing your First Team

Written by Andy Trainer – Fri 14 Dec 2012

You did it! You got that promotion or new job that means you'll be leading a team. It's an achievement in itself, but here's where the really hard-work begins!

If you're new to management, taking charge (and responsibility) of a group of people can be a daunting task, but fear not; help is on hand. We've compiled this handy guide to give you some ideas as to how to go about approaching your new role. Of course, you can always try our Management Skills for New Managers Training which teaches you everything you need to become a confident and successful manager.

Managing your First Team

1/ Prepare

We all know the classic adage "failing to prepare is preparing to fail" but in this circumstance it most certainly holds true. As you are a new manager, it's unlikely that you've done much research into it before now. Well, now is the time!

You've made a good start by reading this post, but there are literally hundreds of resources available to you on the subject (that go into much more detail on specific areas within management) so make use of them. In terms of research prior to starting the job, this is what you should be looking at:

  • Management definitions - know exactly how your new job will differ to your old one in terms of roles and responsibility.
  • Management styles - be aware of the different management styles that can be adopted and begin thinking about the style most suited to you.
  • Techniques - everything from how to go about hiring and firing to how to talk to staff, it will all help in the long-run.

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