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The Widening role of business in a fast-developing society

This article was first published in Business Times on 25 May 2019 The Widening role of business in a fast-developing society John Bittleston Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was launched several decades ago with the best of intentions and the highest of aspirations. If every company chipped in both money and free work-time the social scene…
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Achieving world harmony by unleashing management

This article was first published in Business Times on 11 May 2019 Achieving world harmony by unleashing management By John Bittleston As we enter into the second quarter of 2019, it makes sense to do a review of this column ‘Management Unleashed’ to date. The previous articles published so far in this series have been…
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Organising the organisation

This article was first published in Business Times on 27 April 2019 Organising the organisation John Bittleston, Terrific Mentors International Organisation is necessary but don’t delude yourself, it is not the answer to everything. We hear the words restructure or reorganise every other day. Managements have a touching faith in the power of moving the…
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Management Unleashed – Knowing your Competitors

Management Unleashed – Knowing your Competitors This article was first published in Business Times on 13 April 2019 By John Bittleston Two weeks ago, this column recommended rethinking who our suppliers are. It is also important to re-identify our competitors. Normally in business we see these as the companies who offer products or services that…
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Management Unleashed – Treasuring your suppliers

Management Unleashed – Treasuring your suppliers This article was first published in Business Times on 30 March 2019 By John Bittleston Suppliers and competitors are two vital parts of your business. Most organisations regard them as potential antagonists, ready to create costs or impel narrowed margins in a battle that could only be described as…
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Terms and conditions of employment – creating your culture

Management Unleashed Article 6 Terms and conditions of employment – creating your culture This article was first published in Business Times on 16 March 2019 By John Bittleston “All wages, bonus payments and prerequisites given to an employee as payment for work done are published in every office building, every factory and every warehouse.” I…
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Management Unleashed – Article 5 – Hiring and firing

Management Unleashed Article 5 Hiring and firing This article was first published in Business Times on 2 March 2019 by John Bittleston While building Cerebos Pacific Ltd. I was networking at an exceptionally boring drinks party, networking, I suppose. I met an interesting man who worked in Malaysia, had a background of innovation, had made…
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Reward and Punishment

2019 Series Management Unleashed Article 4 Reward and Punishment This article was first published in Business Times on 16 February 2019 By John Bittleston How should you pay people? As little as possible needed to retain them? As much as possible – without bankrupting the business – to stop them leaving? Both these require judgment…
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Management Unleashed – Keeping, motivating, empowering your team

2019 Series Management Unleashed Keeping, motivating, empowering your team This article was first published in Business Times on 2 February 2019 By John Bittleson You have hired as diligently as you know how. Here’s how to make a success of your choice. That work begins before your new recruit comes onboard. As soon as the…
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Management Unleashed – Assembling the best team

Management Unleashed – Assembling the best team This article was first published in Business Times on 19 January 2019 By John Bittleston The mantra that ‘your people are your most important assets’ is nowhere more dishonoured than when hiring. Two criteria dominate this activity – qualifications and experience. Both are valid for making a simple,…
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