Operations Management: The Art & Science of Making Things Happen : what the Business Schools Don't Teach You to Survive and Flourish

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Ecademy Press, 2012 - Business & Economics - 343 pages
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What the business schools don't teach you to survive and flourish. Putting management theory into practice faces some major challenges. Some of the raw realities of modern work environments require a high level of intuition and judgement over and above scientific methodology alone. This book sets out the hard learnt experience of a senior Scotland Yard officer and centres on three themes: How to develop and look after yourself as an individual manager; how to make operations happen and work successfully; how to develop a high performance team around you. This book has many important messages for new managers, enabling them to survive and eventually flourish whilst guiding more experienced Directors to secure the holy grail of truly exceptional performance. It has equal relevance to those in the public, private and voluntary sector who have to translate strategy into action.
 

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Contents

Foreword
10
Summary of Main Themes
16
How to Use This Book
26
Arming Yourself for Success
57
Position Yourselffor Success
105
Awareness
121
Navigating the Politics
155
Response
171
Choosing the Right Type of Team
251
Mixing and Matching Individuals to the Team
264
Selection for Success
273
Team Engagement and Performance
284
Managing Conflict
297
Individual Development and Appraisal
308
Conclusion
318
Motivation Momentumand Synergy
325

Human Resources
211

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James Cooke is an experienced Operations Manager having just completed a 33 year police career at Scotland Yard. He was latterly responsible for developing several pioneering programmes of work to counter the growing threat of gun and gang crime in London. He has now established a new business, Standing Start Solutions, which provides operations training and VIP Close Protection security services. James is based in London.

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