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Managing teams

A collection of books, articles and guides to help managers get the best from their teams – whether they're experienced leaders or first-time managers.

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Featured eBook

Managing virtual teams
DuFrene, Debbie D.; Lehman, Carol M. (Business Expert Press, 2011)

While virtual teams offer various advantages to organizations and individuals in flexibility and the ability to overcome geographic distance, they face unique challenges. Team participants should be selected carefully for various personal characteristics that help assure success and trained in how to be effective virtual team members.

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Featured article

Pepped abysmal?

Few leaders receive formal training in how to give a pep talk. However, there is a science to psyching people up for better performance. According to motivating language theory, most winning formulas include three key elements: direction, empathy, and explanation.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation, The

A guide to team building for managers and leaders.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

Growing your business: making human resources work for you

Explores the advantages of growth for small businesses, with an emphasis on human capital.

Ideas for leaders collection

A collection of the latest global management and business thinking summarised into straight forward and understandable language.

Leading and managing the lean management process

Management strategy from a US perspective.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.



Successful teamworking gets results in all areas - including sales, IT, problem solving and managing new projects. People work more productively and their motivation and loyalty to your business are also increased.

Managing your sales team


Getting the most out of your sales team is an essential part of ensuring your business achieves its full potential.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Stop the madness

The authors describe a five-step process to help you make the most of your time in meetings.

Pepped abysmal

Few leaders receive formal training in how to give a pep talk. However, there is a science to psyching people up for better performance. According to motivating language theory, most winning formulas include three key elements: direction, empathy, and explanation.

Pioneers, drivers, integrators, & guardians

When teams fall short of their potential, it’s often because leaders don’t know how to spot and manage the differences in how people approach their work. To get the most from the styles on their teams, leaders should pull opposite types closer together, give more voice to people with nondominant perspectives, and take extra care to get input from sensitive introverts.

Managing your boss in the 21st century

Tips for assessing the working relationship with your boss and developing a plan to make that relationship better, stronger and more productive

The leader creates the culture

What kind of culture do you want to build? Master these leadership skills and the rest will fall into place.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Lessons in teambuilding


What does the World Cup have in common with running a business? It's not a joke - in fact, the answer is more than you would immediately think. Find out what teambuilding lessons small firms can learn from football.

Training staff for line management


More than half of managers in small firms have no formal HR training, according to business consultancy Croner. While it is not a legal obligation to provide formal training for line managers, it is important they develop certain skills so they can get the most from their employees. Kate Horstead finds out how to train line managers.

One of my employees doesn't fit in


Small businesses often rely on teams working closely together. If there is a personality clash or a difference of opinion about work, it can affect everybody's mood. When someone doesn't 'fit in', it tends to be quite noticeable.

Useful links

What kind of thinker are you?
Article by Mark Bonchek and Elisa Steele on thinking styles and why they are an important tool for improving collaboration and team working. Published on the Harvard Business Review web site on November 23 2015.

Advisory booklet: How to manage performance
Guidance from Acas on planning, improving and reviewing employee performance. A version aimed at SMEs, Managing performance for small firms, is also available.

CIPD Management development factsheet
Topics covered in this Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) factsheet include identifying management development needs, management development techniques and evaluating management programmes.

Top tips for better management
Practical advice and resources from Acas to help employers get the best from their staff and meet their responsibilities to employees.

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