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We are now offering some of our management content as podcasts.
David Pollitt edits a range of journals in the areas of strategic management, human-resource management and training. In a journalistic career spanning more than 30 years, he has been a sub-editor for local, evening and national newspapers and has written on topics as diverse as local government and leisure.
He is based at the European Briefing Unit at the University of Bradford.
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Education, Learning and Development
Education, Learning and Development: The musical recipe for management in harmony
A clear common goal and deadline, shared understanding of each person's role and trust in one another. These characteristics are a recipe for success in virtually any management project. They are also vital for members of an orchestra rehearsing and performing under strict time pressure.
Education, Learning and Development: Training is the key to keeping the wheels turning
Automobile mechanics are supposed to repair cars and, to underline the point, a television advertising campaign in the US shows them chasing after vehicles to stop them and find something to fix. They're foiled along the way because these commercials are to emphasise that Jiffy Lube International - a pioneering company in the fast oil-change industry - has mechanics who don't want to fix cars. Instead they want to carry out preventive maintenance to keep them out of the repair shop.
Education, Learning and Development: How to give new managers the best possible chance of success
Surveys have revealed that around 60% of front-line managers fail within their first two years in the job. More than a quarter feel that they were not adequately prepared for their new role and over half concede that they received no management training at all.
Education, Learning and Development: The heroes of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
For two nights and three days in November 2008, terrorists besieged the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, taking some people hostage, killing others and setting fire to the hotel's famous dome.
Education, Learning and Development: Agile Tiger gets back in the swing
When US golfer Tiger Woods was at the top of his game, he employed a new coach who encouraged him to change his swing. Many golfers - professional and amateur - couldn't understand why. It was left to Tiger himself to explain: 'If I play my best, I'm pretty tough to beat. I'd like to play my best more frequently, and that's the whole idea. That's why you make changes. I thought I could become more consistent and play at a higher level more often. I've always taken risks to try to become a better golfer, and that's one of the things that has gotten me this far.'
Education, Learning and Development: Why much management training is missing the mark
Remember zen leadership? Or accountability leadership? Or even grown-up leadership? What about business-process re-engineering? Or quality-function deployment? Or one-minute management? Or management by walking around?
Education, Learning and Development: McDonald's staff get the message - via Nintendo DS
McDonald's expects to halve the time it takes to train its part-time restaurant employees in Japan by linking its 37,000 shops in the country to a computer-based game that teaches how to clean work-stations, cook food, take orders and serve customers.
Education, Learning and Development: Managing talent on a global scale
It's exactly what you would expect; a consultancy firm that specialises in helping other organizations to spot and nurture their future leaders itself has rigorous talent-management and development processes in place.