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Abolish time-wasting meetings

This article was first published in Business Times on 17 January 2020 Leading Through Disruption – Abolish time-wasting meetings by John Bittleston, Founder Mentor, Terrific Mentors International Do you know how many meetings are held by your reports? Do you know how much time they take up? Are you aware of the purposes of such…
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Leading Through Disruption – Encouraging Disobedience

This article was first published in Business Times on 3 January 2020 Leading Through Disruption – Encouraging Disobedience John Bittleston, Founder Mentor, Terrific Mentors International A New Year. You may call it the Year of Disruption, for that is what it is certain to be. So I welcome you to the series of articles I…
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Handling meetings – as Chair and Participant

This article was first published in Business Times on 21 December 2019 Handling meetings – as Chair and Participant John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Meetings get me down. I don’t mind the informal ones where everyone says what they think and nobody is trying to get their own point of view endorsed. I like chatting…
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Making the interview work for you

This article was first published in the Business Times on 7 December 2019 Making the interview work for you By John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International What is the greatest genuine flattery you can be shown? I’m not talking about creepy praise from subordinates – or from superiors who want you to cover for them. I’m…
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When you (don’t want to) fire a customer

This article was first published in Business Times on 23 November 2019 Management Unleashed – When you (don’t want to) fire a customer John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Customers can be a pain. I’m sure you know that already. They fall into several categories. At the top, the most desirable customer is the company (or…
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Do personal relationships matter in business?

This article was first published in Business Times on 9 November 2019 Management Unleashed – Do personal relationships matter in business? John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International The man who was my mentor in business for some twenty years liked me. I liked him, too. We had similar senses of humour and although he was cleverer…
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Management Unleashed – The role of intelligence in business and how you measure it?

This article was first published in Business Times on 26 October 2019 Management Unleashed – The role of intelligence in business and how you measure it? John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Academics often regard business people as not particularly intelligent. Business people similarly sometimes regard academics as rather theoretical. Both seem somehow right when considered…
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How to promote and demote employees

This article was first published in Business Times on 12 October 2019 How to promote and demote employees John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Think how you reward your children. When they are tiny you give them something to eat, maybe a visit to somewhere they like. You pat them on the back and tell them…
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No such thing as a ‘bad employee’

This article was first published in Business Times on 28 Sept 2019 “No such thing as a ‘bad employee’ John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Have you ever been told you are a bad employee? I don’t mean about some specific issue, some small sin of commission or omission that was probably caused by forgetfulness. I…
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Management Unleashed – Bribery, does it have a role in today’s business?

This article was first published in Business Times on 14 September 2019 Management Unleashed – Bribery, does it have a role in today’s business? John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International A substantial part of a company’s compliance today has to do with bribery. Bribery is the act of giving or receiving something of value in return…
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