According to Andy Haldane, the Bank of England's chief economist, bad managers are partially to blame for the UK's poor productivity statistics. You can access his speech here and press coverage of the speech is available here and here. I'm convinced that as the nature of companies, human capital and technology changes, there is a need for post-industrial approaches to management and leadership.
On Friday past I stepped down as Head of Queen's Management School. (This means that I will be able to blog more than I have been doing over the past 3 years!) During my tenure, I've spent much time thinking about leadership and how to manage talent. I now want to share those insights in a series of three posts over the next month or so. The three areas that I will be covering are (a) Managing Talent; (b) Managing Yourself; and (c) Managing Creativity. The lessons which I have learned are applicable to those outside the university sector - any organisation which needs talent, relies on creativity and is operating in a very competitive environment is akin to a university - think banking, management consulting, IT, biotech etc.