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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.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Acas guidance
  • Online articles
  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

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Featured eBook

Effective people management

A short guide to managing staff and maintaining high performance. Includes sections on leadership, motivating people, team building, delegating, selection interviewing, reward, managing change and handling people problems

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Featured article

Making collaborations work

Team can feel threatened by collaborations and the sacrifice of autonomy or responsibility. Leaders must take steps to discourage defensive behaviors before they focus on process and outcomes.

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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 and employee motivation for managers and leaders.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

First time manager: the first steps to a brilliant management career, The

Introduction to management topics and skills.

How people tick: a guide to difficult people and how to manage them

A guide for general readers on dealing with difficult behaviour.

Manage your time: how to work more effectively

A guide to improving personal efficiency.

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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.


Acas guide on managing people

September 2016

Acas tool aimed at small firms and team managers, covering step-by-step how to motivate employees and improve individual and team performances.

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.

Managing people - Acas guidance

September 2016

Acas guide aimed at new managers and experienced managers looking to refresh or develop their knowledge of team management. Covers: understanding the role of a manager; leading and communicating; handling day-to-day tasks; handling less frequent/longer-term tasks (such as staff appraisals and requests); support and personal development.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Managing and building remote finance teams

The article looks at how many accounting and finance leaders keep their teams safe, maintain high productivity levels, and further build remote teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jumping into project management

Five powerful tips for new project managers faced with fresh teams and uncertain authority.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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