Brighton School of Business and Management - Newsletter October 2014
Brighton School of Business & Management – Newsletter
We are delighted to welcome the following new tutors to our team:
Welcome to you all – we look forward to working with you.
Sad good bye to tutor Victoria Ellis, who has left to concentrate on her PhD – we all wish her Good Luck and we look forward to reading her dissertation when she has finished!
We also say good bye to Pat Wellock, who has worked with us for 8 years. We wish her well for the future and thank her for all her support and hard work over the years.
Interesting Event of the Month: Halloween
Halloween – as it is known in the West – is now an evening of fun and merriment, especially for children as it involves dressing up in strange costumes, wearing “scary” masks, carrying lights made from placing candles in hollowed out pumpkins, taking part in parades, or knocking on neighbours’ doors asking “trick or treat?” in the hope of being given some sweets or candy.
Many believe that it has its origins in an ancient ritual which celebrated the end of the harvesting season – the gathering of food – and the move into winter. Others believe it came from an ancient celebration of the passing of the dead up into the heavens.
Although many versions are thought to derive from the practices of ancient Celtic tribes in Northern Europe, there are similar versions in most regions of the world on the same or nearby days. For example: in Mexico there is the “Dia de Muertos”; in China there is a similar day called “Teng Chieh”; in India there is the night of “Holi”.
Some argue that it is now a purely commercial event – fuelled by retailers cashing in by selling costumes, masks, and pumpkins (!), and hospitality companies selling party venues. But … for many millions of children and thousands of adults it is a day of happiness, of fun, of excitement.
BSBM has a Halloween Competition running at the moment.
If you’d like to take part, with the chance of winning a valuable prize, then visit us here:
Study Subject of the Month: Project Management
In today’s world of work, every middle and senior manager must have a sound understanding of Project Management tools, techniques, and approaches. Because of this, Project Management is now almost always one of the subjects-modules in management and leadership courses, and in addition, there is a huge amount of information available about “best practice” in this field.
However, here’s a simple, but useful, way of highlighting what that best practice is:
10 Ways to Ruin a Project
How to make sure a project starts badly, has many disruptions and delays, will not finish on time, will exceed the allocated budget, and will result in a poor quality final product.
1 Don’t carry out a Feasibility Study before deciding that it is an achievable project
2 Don’t carry out a Risk Assessment Analysis – just assume that nothing will delay the project’s progress or make it impossible to complete the project
3 Don’t prepare a detailed Project Plan with stages and critical path – just write down a sequence of intended events
4 Select the project manager and team members on the grounds that they are available – not because they have experience of this particular type of project
5 Implement the project without making sure that the funds, equipment, internal and external people, are all in place
6 Don’t communicate regularly with suppliers and contractors – just assume they will deliver when you expect them to
7 Don’t keep the client-sponsor informed of progress – wait until it’s completed
8 Don’t worry about quality standards – just concentrate on getting the work done as fast as possible
9 Don’t review and evaluate at each key stage, nor at the end of the project
10Don’t learn any lessons from mistakes made – just manage the next project in exactly the same way!
How many of those bad practices happen in your organisation’s projects?
How many of these bad practices have you seen in projects in which you’ve been a team member?
What can be done to prevent these bad practices happening again … and again?
Useful Study Tips
As an online student it is almost certain you’ll be working full-time, and having to study in your evenings and weekends, and somehow fit that into a home and social life which didn’t have space in it before you started your course.
The key to managing this transition successfully is to:
- explain to your partner, other family members, and your friends, that the studying is essential to your making progress in your career
- explain that you will need to be spending time alone, studying intensively, during pre-planned periods of time on certain days of the week
- ask them for their understanding and patience and support whilst you complete your studies
- plan your study schedule in line with the course requirements – but plan your study times so that they cause as little disruption to your time with others as possible
- remember to regularly thank those closest to you – family and friends – for their support
- keep them informed of your progress – and any particularly good results
- involve them in the celebrations when you successfully complete your course
Do all of these things and your studying will be less stressful, more enjoyable, and successful!
Finally – Food for Thought
A recent report on the state of Management and Leadership in the UK found the following:
- 40% per cent of UK managers rate their own line-manager as ineffective
- 60% of managers do not know what their organisation’s strategic objectives are
- 80% of managers do not know what their organisation’s values are
- 70% of employers give no training or development support to their managers
- 80% of workers don’t think their manager sets a good moral example
- 60% of UK companies openly discourage risk-taking and innovation
- Poor management behaviour is losing the UK economy £20billion a year
How much of this applies to –