If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It!

We never cease to be amazed by how many mid-large organisations we engage with that do not have effective tools and processes in place to forecast, plan, measure and report work. Yet these same companies expect their managers to drive improvements, to continue increasing revenue and profitability. To develop a useful forecast, a manager must estimate the volume, and the mix of work that is required to be completed over…

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Turning Assassins into Ambassadors

January 30, 2017 Team Management Comments Off on Turning Assassins into Ambassadors

Balcroft has provided operational consulting support to numerous companies across a multitude of sectors and organisations. Whilst we have been extremely successful in achieving the needs of our clients, we have always been faced with a recurring problem within each project. The common theme is the presence of at least one assassin within the organisation. There are a number of different reasons why an assassin is adamant that no change…

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Have you ever been “Trumped”

November 28, 2016 Team Management Comments Off on Have you ever been “Trumped”

Anger, sadness, confusion, apathy and happiness: just a few emotions that Americans are feeling as they continue to riot about the election of Donald Trump as their new president elect. And whilst we find similarities between the outcome of the presidential election and Brexit, one thing remains certain, he was fairly elected and resistance is forever futile. What about however, when you get a new manager who is as ideologically,…

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Improving Your Company’s Productivity

November 07, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Improving Your Company’s Productivity

The UK workforce is relatively unproductive. France and Germany both have efficiency levels that are 30% higher than that of the UK. Only in October did productivity levels return to normal after an all-time low following the recent economic crisis. The latest evidence suggests, the increase in productivity is fuelled by longer working hours and more people being in employment. We are yet to see if this is going to…

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Long-Serving Heroes: Good or Bad for Business?

September 26, 2016 Team Management Comments Off on Long-Serving Heroes: Good or Bad for Business?

There have been numerous shifts in working trends in the past decade. Firstly, staff are not always sitting at office desks to do their work anymore. More and more tasks are being completed remotely, via networks accessible from a home computer, or when out-and-about via a mobile or tablet. Another significant change is the concept of ‘hot-desking’. Staff are no longer confined to a single desk, and hot-desking is much…

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