addition to the wealth of knowledge found in their books, Gower’s
expert authors share their tips, articles and advice
Andy Lake’s article for WorkingMums.co.uk and
Government News explains the what, why and how of flexible
working and what it can do for modern day businesses.
Andy Lake is a specialist in Smart Working and
editor of Flexibility.co.uk, the online journal of flexible work
and author of Smart
In his recent article for
Ethos Journal, Tom Levitt explains how
collaboration between business and charity can yield benefits for
In response to demands for the ‘in a nutshell’ version of his
research, Brian Smith’s
latest article in Industrial Pharmacy gives a slightly fuller
As the market changes, existing capabilities become useless and
new ones become essential. In his recent article for
PMLiVE, Professor Brian D. Smith describes how
pharma companies become fit for the future.
Graham Manville's article for
Public Service Europe tackles the subject of benefit reform and
its effect on housing associations in the UK.
introduces the five roles every leader and manager needs to create
exceptional performance and what HR needs to do to make it
Gloria Moss as Bob Garlick chats with her to
delve deeper into the root causes of the differences between men
and women. Gloria is the author of Gender Design
In his interview with
illustra.tv Nick Obolensky highlights
Exhibition Road in London as an example when asked about the
practice of distributed management. Imagine taking a busy road and
making it a shared space for pedestrians, bicycles, cars and
busses. What if that road had few markings, no traffic lights, no
curbs, and instead was sprinkled with benches, trees and lamps? Too
chaotic? Would it work?
In his article for
pharmaphorum, Ed Schoonveld of ZS Associates
offers an overview of recent changes and trends in the global payer
Ed Schoonveld’s article for PMLive,
Think Like a Payer explains very succinctly exactly why it is
imperative to build a payer perspective into your product
development and pricing strategies.
Communications expert John Clare has a series
2 minute videos about presentation techniques. Read about
John’s background here.
Troubled companies often have flawed strategies. Tony
Grundy’s article Highlighting
Blind Spots in Accountancy Magazine looks at why you
should audit your strategy.
Every project has politics. In a Girl’s Guide to Project Management,
Elizabeth Harrin has interviewed Gower author Nita
Martin, Managing Director of Pure Indigo who deals with
that difficult subject of projects and politics.
Christine Jorm’s piece in MJA Insight:
Solving GP Education Dilemmas, addresses an issue
that has an impact on us all; whether as managers of GP practices,
healthcare policy makers or simply as patients. How do we design an
effective program of work placements and on-the-job learning for
General Practitioners and how do we ensure that the outcome is a
positive experience for the GPs, their students and their
Dr Emanuel Camilleri has written
in PM World
Today about going beyond project management to define
Chris Mowles, has written an opinion piece for
Economia on Complexity
and Crisis in the Eurozone.
A common theme author David
West observes is the availability (or lack of it) of
a project sponsor and how detrimental a sponsor’s absence is to a
project. Even when project sponsors are present, there seem to be
few commentators impressed with their level of project knowledge or
written an article on this subject of the Elusive
Project Sponsor on Wellingtone’s
If you’re beginning to question the traditional control
associated with annual budgeting then do read Matthew
Leitch’s detailed piece 'Risk
Management and Beyond Budgeting’.
Influence is underpinned by credibility and made easier through
relationship and HR practitioners must devote energy to
establishing their credibility and building their relationships
widely so that when the time comes to need to influence, the ground
will be fertile. The art of influence is knowing when to push
and when to pull; when to ask and when to tell; when to pace the
client and when to lead.
Without influence, the HR practitioner is confined to executing
the will of the leaders and cannot add true value to the direction
and management of change.
This article (found on the Orion Partners website) is written by
Jan Hills who is the partner at Orion Partners and responsible
for the HR strategy and HR capability service lines.
Studies by Perpetuity Research suggests that as few as 15% of
organizations have a wholly convincing security strategy in place;
rather an alarming statistic when you consider the environment
within which business is operating, particularly international
business. Perpetuity make available a
free security strategy toolkit on their website;
covering strategic analysis, strategy development and
implementation, and strategic review. Martin Gill,
Director at Perpetuity Research, is author of the chapter 'Motives
for Fraud' in Fraud: The
Counter Fraud Practitioner's Handbook out next month.
Dr Lynda Bourne talks to Elizabeth Harrin
helping project managers communicate more effectively with
On the simply-communicate.com
website you will find lots of interesting articles and advice.
While browsing do click on the simply-tv section where you can
watch and listen to Marc Wright, author of the
award winning Handbook of
Internal Communication, conducting interviews with, among
In the aftermath of the sinking of Costa Concordia Simon
Barrow, co-author of Employee
Communication During Mergers and Acquisitions, discusses
HRD confidence and courage at Carnival Corporation on
Respecting the slower nature of charities is part of the process
of understanding them, says consultant Tom Levitt.
article, in Guardian Professional, argues that the slower,
evolutionary momentum of the voluntary sector distinguishes it from
the fast-paced, 'quick buck' attitude of the private sector. Tom is
the author of Partners for
Good: Business, Government and the Third Sector -
available July 2012.
Charles Smith is asking for stories and personal
examples of how project managers have handled challenging
project situations as part of his research into the identity and
role of the project manager. It looks like an interesting research
project - do take a moment to have a look and by all means
contribute from your own experience. Charles is author of Gower's
Making Sense of
Arguably not ... given that fraud and corruption seem, if
anything, even more solidly embedded in parts of business, national
and international government. On the other hand, Nigel
Iyer and Veronica Morino of Septia, make
a very cogent case for the value of talking about fraud and
corruption at Board level. You can see an excerpt of their film
'Words in Action'
Nigel Iyer is author of Fraud
and Corruption and A Short Guide to Fraud Risk,
Veronica Morino is co-author of The Anatomy of
Fraud and Corruption.
Donal explains the various interoperability standards which fall
alongside intellectual property in an article ‘Inter-Operability
Standards and Intellectual Property’
Donal O’Connell has written an article for the
Intellectual Property Expert Group entitled How to Best Run a Patent Review
Patent laws have no application or force outside the country in
which they are enacted so it is important to determine in which
jurisdictions you should obtain patent protection, and on what
basis you should make such decisions. Donal
O'Connell has written a paper on this subject called
International or foreign patent filing strategic
considerations and can be found here: The Faculty
of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Donal
is the author of Harvesting
Donal has also recently presented a talk on Open Innovation: The Challenges and
Solutions, it was recorded at a British Library event in
Sara Cullen's article 'Relationship
Values Charter' shows you how to design and achieve a
relationship culture between you and your outsourcing partners that
delivers appropriate value to all parties. All of the free
downloads on the Cutter Consortium website are of this quality - I
encourage you to have a browse through their collection of articles
and downloads which contains a number of real gems. Sara Cullen is
author of Gower's The Contract
Scorecard: Successful Outsourcing by Design.
Generating and developing innovative ideas is a difficult
process. How do you confidently kick-start the ideation phase of
any innovative process to create new ideas and concepts
effortlessly and without pulling your hair out? Gijs van
Wulfen, author of Gower's Creating
Innovative Products and Services, has put together
20 step by step tips to guide you to ideation excellence.
Assessment & Development Consultants Ltd (A&DC), have
just launched a new resources library on their
website. The resource section is full of free downloadable content
such as advice guides, white papers and case studies on areas such
as Talent Management, Assessment Centres, Learning and Development
Nigel Povah, the CEO and founder of A&DC is
also co-editor of Gower's new book Assessment
Centres and Global Talent Management.
Social business is one of those ideas that hit the ground
running and few are the organisations these days that aren't
devoting time and resources to social media. But how does this all
translate into value? Niall Cook (author of
2.0 and the forthcoming The Business
Marketeer's Guide to Social Media) posted the results of a
research programme at the end of 2011 (The
Social Brand Value of the World's Biggest Brands) that ranks
(and explains) the world's largest businesses on the basis of their
social value. The results in some cases are obvious, in others
quite unexpected; the whole piece is well worth a read.
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