Performance Management

Performance Management Definition: Helps to contribute to the effectiveness of the management of individuals and teams in an organisation, as to to help with the performance of the organisation. To achieve this it needs to be made that everyone shares the same understanding of objectives and targets.

The ‘Big Idea’ (Purcell, 2003)

From some research which was carried out at the University of Bath, Purcell et al found that organisations who shared a common goal, as in all of the individuals shared the same beliefs, then the company would do better. This was known as the ‘Big Idea’. This could … Read more...

Performance Management Using Technology

Performance Management Definition: To keep an organisation working as effectively and as efficiently as possible, performance management is used. It is a process where expectation and objectives are set by both the employee and employer, and every certain amount of time, these are looked at and analysed to see where improvements could be made.
Technology Definition: The application of scientific methods to make practical methods to do tasks.
As with most things in modern times, technology is being more useful in the area of Performance Management as it allows people to complete online forms, questionnaires and such to allow … Read more...

How to Approach an Appraisal

There are 6 main steps to approaching an appraisal situation, these are outlined below in bold, the extra text are some notes to help understand what to do and what not to do.

Starting the Appraisal

  • Good News First Vs. Bad News First
  • Handling the Bad News – Criticising
  • Make sure to note what they did well, adding confidence, but including the criticism
  • Set objectives and ways the person can improve, so that they have something good to take from it
  • Make the person think about themselves and work out the problem. If they understand what is wrong with
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Task Culture

Culture Definition: Cultures in organisation is defined by how the organisation is run, how the personalities within the organisation interact with each other and also how the structure of the company is set out.
Task Culture Definition: This culture doesn’t follow the others, as instead of having a Greek symbol; it follows the picture of a net, with some being stronger than others, showing leaders and more influential people within the organisation. Another name this goes by is the matrix structure, which you may have seen in Business Studies.
This culture is all about getting the right people together and Read more...

Power Culture

Culture Definition: Cultures in organisation is defined by how the organisation is run, how the personalities within the organisation interact with each other and also how the structure of the company is set out.
“A web without a spider has no strength”
Power Culture Definition: Known as Zeus, as he was the all-powerful Greek god, this type of culture is based on a central power course, hence why it is normally found in Entrepreneurial companies, as in these type of organisation it tends to be the leader (the entrepreneur) who wants to lead the company and make it grow, … Read more...

The Leadership Grid

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best way possible.
The Leadership Grid Definition: After the research which gave us the task-oriented behaviour and people-oriented behaviour Blake and Mouton gave us a theory called the ‘leadership grid’. This model was made to give us a representation of a leader’s concern for the people of an organisation and the concern for production.
(Blake and Mouton)
Leadership Grid Human Resources
The gird is set out like … Read more...

What the Difference Between Leadership and Management?

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best way possible.
Management Definition: The process of dealing with and controlling a certain task or person/people.

Managers do things right, while leaders do the right things

(Bennis and Nanus, 1985)

Not all managers are leaders and, equally, not all leaders are managers

(Kotter, 1990)
Managers slow things down. Leaders spark the business to run smoothly and quickly. Managers talk to one another, … Read more...

Interactive Leadership Management

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best way possible.
Management Definition: The process of dealing with and controlling a certain task or person/people.
Interactive Leadership Management Definition: Interactive Leadership is when a leader takes it upon themselves to include others as much as possible, by delegating tasks and not doing all of the ‘leader’ jobs by themselves. This means that groups are made, collaborations are built and relationships extended … Read more...

Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles Definition: A leadership style is based upon a set of expectations; a person learns to develop as to how they should involve themselves, and others, in the achievement of results.
There are five main leadership styles which have been talk about over the years; below we have the definitions of these. Obviously there are many other styles of leaders, but these five try and sum up what we normally see in business.

Great Man

The great man style of leadership defines that the leader tends to be a born leader, but tends not to look into the future … Read more...

Leadership Management

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best was possible.
Leadership can depend a lot on Culture and the Business Environment, and the actual role of a leader isn’t always as important as made out.

Defining and Looking into Leadership in Management

In today’s world there is meant to be nothing more important in management than leadership itself. Leadership sets up the rest of the business, installs a culture and … Read more...