Productivity secrets: better leaders and working smarter

Addressing the UK’s productivity puzzle is a matter of improving management by engaging, empowering and motivating employees

Flat structure vs hierarchy: does either work?

Experiments in scrapping command-and-control management structures have not always been a success, so is there another way of empowering staff?

Five potential exit strategies for your business

For business owners devising an exit strategy, there are a number of options, public or private. Here are five scenarios

Great middle managers need emotional intelligence

david brent the office middle managers

They are often lambasted as figures of fun, but middle managers can hold the key to success

Senior management gap left by retiring baby-boomers

Senior exiting a revolving door

As the baby-boomer generation retires, younger high fliers must be identified and their potential developed to fill senior management positions

‘Take the best agile practices to suit your business’

Rainbow building with people in front

Businesses can pick and mix from the various agile methodologies to best suit their purpose

A business merger marriage made in good negotiations

Business people shaking hands over merger deal

Three dynamics reflect the different ways in which the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business is maturing – types of deal, skill at integration and post-merger preparation

The impact of open-plan offices on leadership

Microsoft’s UK headquarters in London, designed by Gensler; the technology giant is a prime example of a large corporate that has opened up its working environment and adopted a flatter hierarchy

What impact does a more open-plan working environment have on authority and leadership, and how does a social-democratic model of community suit a capitalist set-up like a big corporate?