Companies that invest in management development understand that there is a crucial link between human resources and economic opportunity, and they recognise that management development plays a vital role in the long term success of organisations.
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ManagementWorks is offering business owners, managers and management teams the opportunity to participate in over twenty free workshops and almost fifty heavily subsidised high impact management development programmes nationwide in 2016.
33 of the best small businesses in Ireland, from 16 different counties, undertook a Strategic Management Masterclass in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, last weekend, as part of their €50,000 prize package for being short-listed as finalists in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2016.” The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.
We have tweaked the ManagementWorks website in recent days to make it easier for our readers to access the last eighteen months of business blogs. Take a few minutes to browse - our blog archive includes regular contributions from our colleagues in the IMI, Business Coaching Ireland, LEAP, ETAC Solutions and LBS Partners.
As it’s the start of the New Year, you have probably already made some personal New Year resolutions like going to the gym more or eating healthier, which we hope you are sticking to so far! Now is also the ideal time to not only assess your personal life, but your professional life too.
Forget about employee motivation, it is about employee engagement. Motivation is temporary, engagement is more permanent. As usual our American friends have the statistics: 70% of US employees are dis-engaged. Dis-engaged employees cost the US economy an estimated $450bn per annum. (Gallup 2013).
Definition: employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organisation and its goals.
It’s December and the festive season is in full swing. This time of year can be especially hectic leading up to Christmas and the New Year for many businesses. With a bit of forward planning you can make sure your business gets through the festive season unscathed and is ready to hit the ground running in 2016.
Here are a few survival tips to make sure this is both an enjoyable and prosperous time for you and your business.
Is Lean Thinking for everyone? This question often comes up in Lean discussions. I think it has been best answered by W. Edwards Deming back in the 1950s. Deming stated:
“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t know what you are doing”.