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The People Manager

Blair McPherson is a former local authority director and author of a number of management books, including Equipping Managers for an Uncertain Future and An Elephant in the Room. Follow him on Twitter: @blairmcpherson1

Unlikely things for senior managers to say

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 12 Oct 2015

Mock the week NHS special

Are inspections fair?

Posted by Blair McPhersonWed, 7 Oct 2015

Is it fair? No. But that's not the fault of the inspectors.

It's a funny old game

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 28 Sep 2015

Comparing NHS trusts to premiership football clubs tells you just how much trouble we are in.

12 v 6

Posted by Blair McPhersonTue, 22 Sep 2015

Which do you think would work best imposing longer shifts of reducing the working day? No prizes for guessing which way NHS is going.

"Alright Duck"

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 21 Sep 2015

Friendly or over familiar care is it a matter of class?

Open, Honest and Transparent

Posted by Blair McPhersonTue, 15 Sep 2015

So how should managers behave in an organisation which aspires o be open ,honest and transparent

Chief executives don't have tattoos or do they ?

Posted by Blair McPhersonWed, 9 Sep 2015

The average tenure for a chief executive in the NHS is 18 months! What's the motivation?

Five Myths about the Austerity Diet

Posted by Blair McPhersonWed, 2 Sep 2015

What sort of weight loss diet involves hacking off a limb? The public sector austerity diet.

Change Fatigue

Posted by Blair McPhersonThu, 27 Aug 2015

The causes,symptoms and treatment of change fatigue.

The Amazon Jungle

Posted by Blair McPhersonSun, 23 Aug 2015

If it works for Amazon then using some of their management tools and with the total backing of the board why would it not work in the NHS.

Same circus different clowns

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 10 Aug 2015

Organisation Change fatigue leaves staff exhausted, burnt out, cynical and ineffective

He only rings when he needs a fix

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 3 Aug 2015

A shortage of beds and a parents dilemma

Just like True Detective

Posted by Blair McPhersonTue, 28 Jul 2015

Some meetings can leave you asking what was that all about and yet the chair proclaims it was useful, every one appears to agree yet makes a mental not to send a sub next time.

Why doctors don't make good managers

Posted by Blair McPhersonTue, 21 Jul 2015

Doctors don't make good managers but it's not their fault

How the game is played

Posted by Blair McPhersonFri, 17 Jul 2015

Experience and skill are not enough you need to know how the game is played if you want to succeed

To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by Blair McPhersonMon, 13 Jul 2015

The young may need their heroes but the rest of us should be wise enough to set our expectations at competent leadership.

The NHS doesn't do sorry

Posted by Blair McPhersonThu, 9 Jul 2015

Whether its managers fearing legal proceedings or clinicians protecting an image of infallibility the result can be a reluctance to apologise for any mistake.

Hospitals and illegal drugs

Posted by Blair McPhersonSun, 5 Jul 2015

Outside the main hospital doors is not just the patients unofficial smoking area its where you score. It shouldn't be a surprise that illegal drugs are available to patients or that drug addicts have health problems but it does make their stay on the ward more of a challenge. T

Private good, public bad, not for profit better

Posted by Blair McPhersonFri, 18 Jul 2014

Combine the business know-how of the private sector with the social ethos of the public sector