November 23, 2012
It seems the stereotypical yelling and order-barking drill sergeants in the army are no more. A study released yesterday showed the armed forces have the best leaders in the UK when it comes to managing change.
The research, carried out by Orion Partners, a management consultancy, reveals strong leadership in the armed forces has helped 49 per cent of staff understand why change is good for them, compared to a UK average of just 35 per cent. It suggests that this profession’s leadership is most ‘brain friendly’ when it comes to managing change. In other words, they understand why their employees react the way they do and use this knowledge to manage their teams more effectively. They ask their employees lots of questions about how they’re feeling, which minimises feelings of threat and promotes feelings of reward and helps drive better performances. (more…)
November 6, 2012
Procurement at Babcock is working ever-more closely with operations to satisfy customers’ growing demand to share risk with its suppliers.
The Ministry of Defence is no exception. Warship refits have traditionally been approached as the equivalent of 10,000-mile services of cars, where a standard series of maintenance tasks will be completed at fixed intervals and any problems dealt with as they arise. This approach can – and has – worked, but smaller fleet sizes and increasing operational workload make it desirable to maximise the availability of each asset. Or in this case, maximise the days at sea of each ship. (more…)
August 14, 2012
What an Olympics it turned out to be. Usain Bolt was electrifying, Mo Farah obliterated his opponents and Jessica Ennis showed the world that British sports stars are capable of taking on huge pressure and expectation and still delivering (take note, Wayne Rooney). (more…)
October 11, 2011
The Efficiency and Reform Group ERG has been given a welcome hug by the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in its latest report on the body’s progress, published today.
Not bad at all is the verdict on its ability to deliver savings across central government. The PAC said the ERG could do a bit more about clarifying its responsibilities and those of other government departments, but on the whole, a good job has been done so far. (more…)
August 12, 2010
It emerged yesterday that the UK government has been paying for the services of a firm of American lobbyists to drum up business for UK suppliers of defence equipment.
This organisation apparently holds sway within the US government and it has been argued that its influence could have knock-on benefits to buyers of defence equipment in the UK. (more…)