Posts Categorised: Management

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

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“If you look at the data, it becomes clear that core management practices can’t be taken for granted. There are vast differences in how well companies execute basic tasks like setting targets and grooming talent, and those differences matter: Firms with strong managerial processes perform significantly better on high-level metrics such as productivity, profitability, growth, and longevity. In addition, the differences in the quality of those processes—and in performance—persist over time, suggesting that competent management is not easy to replicate.”

Source: Immelt, J. R. (2017). Harvard Business Review and available from the link (open access with personal registration).

Cialdini Asks: Adam Grant



“Today, I interview Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Originals and Give and Take, and he recently published Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. Adam’s 2016 TED Talk was watched almost 6 million times, and he has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers.”

Source: Cialdini, R. (2017). Influence at Work website and the podcast (28 minutes) available from this link (open access).

Categories: Leadership, Management

A question of style: Replicating and extending Engel’s supervisory styles with new agencies and new measures

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“The mechanisms through which sergeants exert influence vary substantially based on personality traits and the supervisory style (Engel, 2001). For example, Van Maanen (1983) identified three key techniques sergeants can use to likely affect the performance of subordinate officers: direct monitoring (close supervision); advising officers when not in compliance with policy and/or procedure; and reporting misconduct to the Internal Affairs division. Sergeants commonly utilize direct monitoring and advisement of policy/procedure compliance status.”

Source: Maskaly, J., Maskaly, J., Jennings, W., & Jennings, W. (2016). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 39(4), and available from this link (subscription journal).