The Management Value Add

How much do your managers add-value as managers and how much do they try to add value by doing work that others should be doing?


Recently this question was asked unrhetorically in a customer organisation and the answers were very revealing:

  • Many managers were spending between 20% and 30% of their time checking, chasing, covering or actually doing the work of team members.
  • Fewer than 5% were spending less than 5% doing what they shouldn’t be doing.

Guess who were the most productive, with the highest team satisfaction ratings? The managers who were doing just that – managing by adding value through coaching, team building, creating, performance managing, recruiting, resource planning etc, etc. Not manically chasing the job by doing the work of others.


Structured Training’s management development programmes really do focus on what managers should be doing: getting results through other people and building scalable, sustainable levels of performance that are aligned to the needs of the business

How To Be An Unorthodox Teacher

Bertrand Russell’s 10 commandment for Teachers:  Nicely spikey and iconoclastic and potentially very unsafe.


The opposite of how many teachers  behave. Is teaching orthodoxy learned  or culturally imbibed?

How would OFSTED rate this Liberal Decalogue?

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.


3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4.When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6.Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.