Time to talk Teamwork

Time to talk teamwork!

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If you love football, you will have been on the edge of your seat for the past two weeks. If you don’t love football, please don’t click somewhere else just yet. Yes, this post is going to be full of footie metaphors, but you need to know something: the 2018 World Cup has so far been about so much more than jingoism and partisanship. In an extraordinary game between Belgium and Japan, we saw professionalism and sportsmanship of the highest order. The Japanese also famously cleaned up their own locker room despite an agonising last-minute defeat. England manager Gareth Southgate …

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A2B at the Employee Engagement Awards 2017

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  A2B have become something of a fixture at the annual Employee Engagement Awards. With three pieces of silverware in the trophy cabinet (the relevance of this football related stuff will become apparent shortly), we are delighted to have sponsored this year’s event – and been invited to present one of the awards closest to our hearts: the award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Why the football reference? The awards were held at Wembley! Here are A2B’s Drew and Dan on the terraces…   And here are A2B’s team, clients and friends… A2B Managing Director, Jim Abbatt, was delighted to present …

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Jim Abbatt speaks at Highways UK event

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A2B Excellence has a rich heritage in civils and construction; but the majority of our work has been in rail. In the past year, we have begun to apply our programme improvement methodologies to highways too – and just in time: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced over £1bn in spending to improve Britain’s roads. We have been working in partnership with TRL, the UK’s leading independent strategic transport business, to build coherent, forward-thinking highways infrastructure propositions. As long-standing partners in TRL’s highways consortium (also including civil engineering giants, Jacobs and Costain, and environmental consultancy, the Temple Group) we were therefore …

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"The no-blame fallacy"

The ‘no-blame’ fallacy – and a more productive alternative

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For at least a decade, the idea of a “No blame culture” has been a watchword of modern business. Nobody wants to work in an environment where people who ought to work together are too busy sniping and protecting their own empires to do a great job. It’s a good logic: the effort involved in protectionism in an ultra-competitive environment is a huge waste of a company’s resources and talent. A business which models itself on civil war can expect the same devastation and lack of productive, targeted effort as a real war . But is a “No blame culture” …

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Rescue Your Recruitment

Rescue your recruitment with psychometrics

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This extraordinary article from CIPD suggests that, even though a bad recruitment decision can cost upward of £300,000, plenty of businesses are tying their hands behind their own backs with poorly defined job descriptions. It’s no surprise: we have all heard of the manager or entrepreneur who hires in their own image: recruiting “another me”. And then there’s the problem of line managerial weakness. As the grey-hairs take retirement and breadth of experience becomes ever harder to find in companies which have long since stripped any spare talent from their operations, many middle managers have very little practical experience outside their day-to-day …

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