In this book Mark Thomas sets out an approach to operating as a highly effective internal adviser or business consultant.
It is widely accepted that many mergers and acquisitions result in financial disappointment. Company A buys Company B only to sell it off five to six years later as it was not possible to generate the expected synergies or cost savings. Indeed numerous research and business school studies have show M&As to be a high risk business strategy.
The critical audit questions for today’s High Performance Finance Business Partner.
Donald Hambrick and James Fredrickson provide a very good framework for understanding what is and is not strategy. This is a very useful for helping senior managers to see how everything fits together and the importance of having an coherent overall, centrally integrated and externally oriented concept of how they will achieve their objectives.
At some time or another, we are all faced with the challenge of getting others to buy into our ideas. It can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you think about your approach.
We need both quality and divrsity in our organisation population. Ruth explains what happens when we have too mucj of a focus on one of the other or neither. To achieve Synergy and Performance we need a strong focus on both. We also need to be alert to diversity in our clients and avoid stereotyping. We need to check our assumptions about what is normal and adjust to the reality of our client's world.
Being sensitive to the diversity of the individuals, teams and populations we want to influence. People are diverse in terms of age, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national culture, professional experience. When influencing we need to keep these things in mind. Ruth gives a number of examples of how a lack of understanding of the differences of the target group for influencing leads to a complete failure in successfully achieving the influence objectives.
We provide two quite distinct services under coaching - We help managers to become better coaches and we coach individual managers to either address particular issues or to realize their potential.
A discussion of the "brand" of HR and how HR might or should position itself versus customer groups. What services does HR provide and how does it label and position the offering? Should there be more emphasis on benefits as opposed to selling features?
A presentation and discussion of the challenges and issues for a functional support specialist in being accepted as a partner by line managers and business decision makers.