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Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor
Ascento L5 Management Tutor.

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Do the summer months affect productivity?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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As I’m sitting here writing this article, it’s cloudy and wet outside and has been all week, as we have a yellow weather warning for the East Midlands that will continue into the weekend. However, when it’s gorgeous outside and I’m either in the office or working from my dining table at home, the last thing I want to do is remain cooped up inside and so will procrastinate over the work at hand.

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Productivity growth is slowing as Brexit bites

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Economists regard productivity gains as the most important driver of rising living standards over the long term. However there are ongoing fears that Brexit will be sapping the strength of the UK economy over the next decade. A key measure of growth in the economy is 'output per hour of work' and this slumped in 2018 according to the figures, as the UK managed only a quarter of the rate of productivity growth seen before the financial crisis.

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The 10 biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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Many people dream of owning and running their own business, being their own boss, not being beholden to the whims and fancies of other people or an other organisation generally. Many people never actually take the step and make the dream a reality, whilst others, you just cannot hold back.

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The dark side of emotional intelligence

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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So, you will all have heard of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It’s been around a while now, actually since Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book. However, before this, In 1983, Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences introduced the idea that traditional types of intelligence, such as IQ, fail to fully explain cognitive ability.

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Strategic planning - Making strategic thinking real

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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In my last article, I comprehensively worked through the key components of strategic thinking and how it can operate within an organisational context. Of course, strategic thinking goes nowhere without the ability to strategically plan. In other words, put the thinking into action.

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Strategic thinking - Real or not?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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I once worked with a colleague who always put a block in their diary across Monday morning. No one could disturb them, no phone calls got through. The place could be burning down, but they wouldn't leave their office. The door was locked and bolted from the inside (not quite, but you get the idea). in the diary for every Monday morning, it simply stated two words; "Strategic Thinking". On Monday afternoons, they were always in a foul frame of mind.  Asked how the morning has gone,  the reply was always the same - "dreadful, I've not been able to do anything"! The colleague, made the same mistakes every week for nearly forty-seven weeks a year. By simply blocking time out and calling it the thing they wanted to do, they honestly thought that it would happen, they would be able to think strategically. That's simply not how it works.

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Blended Working can only benefit us all

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Health warning.

This may upset your boss who attempts to micromanage you and only believes in presenteeism.

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Are you aware of how literate your employees are?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2019 12:37:36 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Does the person you work with the closest struggle to understand written forms and other documentation?

They may be ‘Functionally Illiterate’ or operating just above this measure. Just think how they would be able to operate in your company, if they could improve their actual reading age to be fifteen years and above.

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