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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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  • Small Business Update
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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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eBooks

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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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Challenging conversations and how to manage them

July 2014

Acas guide for line managers, providing practical steps for dealing with difficult one-to-one interactions with their team members. The advice given is relevant for managing teams in both small and large organisations.

How to manage performance

Acas advisory booklet for employers of all sizes on planning, improving and reviewing employee performance. Covers introducing a performance management system, setting a personal development plan, reviewing performance, managing under-performance and linking performance to pay and rewards. A sample performance record is provided.

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A leadership growth journey

This article states that on the path to true leadership, a growth mind-set requires a focus more on the journey than the destination. Topics include research on the benefits of developing a growth mind-set, the importance of having passion and purpose, the dependence of continuous improvement on both the capacity and willingness to keep learning, and the need to value a team player who offers useful criticism since his or her feedback can potentially lead to better decisions and results.

Understand the behaviors of leaders and team members to improve your organization

Article looks at research on effective leadership showing that applying five specific leadership behaviors when working with each team member will improve your organization. Research also shows that team members can behave in three ways at work that improve their own work life.

Leading your team to better performance

Tips on driving your team to achieve new levels of performance. The author looks at the adverse effects of team infighting and presents seven steps for establishing an positive environment that will foster teamwork.

Resetting teams

A look at the indicators of a team in trouble and how to 'reset' the team culture to provide a healthy, positive work climate.

Stop the madness

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

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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.

One of my employees doesn't fit in

01-10-2008

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.

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.

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