Anxiety about giving colleagues negative feedback is one reason more than half of employees get no regular feedback at all. Vicky Grinnell-Wright of A Blueprint for Better Business and psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler offer tips for delivering constructive criticism. Read More
Written by Julia Rebholz, originally published in People Management
We need to start seeing people as individuals with limitless potential and trust them to make decisions, says Julia Rebholz
Top-down pyramidal structures are producing stressed-out middle managers, low productivity and poor working relationships. While this style of management was relevant for 1960s manufacturing jobs, in our 21st century service-based economy it is outdated and ineffective. Read More
UK productivity is, according to latest reports, at an all-time low. The impacts of this decline is being described as ‘Bigger than Brexit’ in terms of damage to the UK economy. A recent BBC article states that: “Today’s productivity figures are bad to the point of shocking.” It goes on to detail a fall in productivity of 0.5% in the first three months of the year taking “the UK economy’s ability to create wealth back below the level of 2007”. This is uninspiring reading for us all, as we face unprecedented challenges in business and on political, environmental and social levels.
The Purposeful Company: Policy Report – Blueprint Statement
A Blueprint for Better Business warmly welcomes the publication of The Purposeful Company: Policy Report. We are glad to have been involved as contributors in this important project.
The opening two sections of the report describe the core beliefs and aims. They also describe what a purposeful company is, and why purpose is so important. The essential point, which is foundational also for our work at Blueprint, is the recognition that a purposeful company is fundamentally oriented to serving society, and where profit is seen as the outcome not the purpose. As the report states: “The purposeful company contributes meaningfully towards human betterment and creates long term value for all stakeholders”. A company is more than a web of transactions. It is a human community whose flourishing depends on, and is partly constituted by, the quality of relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and wider society. Read More
A Blueprint for Better Business is seeking an experienced professional, with the appropriate experience, to drive forward our work with large corporates.
The key responsibilities as ‘Head of Corporate Relationships’ will involve maintaining our existing relationships within large corporate companies, and working closely with the Blueprint CEO in developing new relationships and contacts.
For more information see the attached job description.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 17th March 2017
Appointment of Charles Wookey as full time CEO of A Blueprint for Better Business
The Trustees of Blueprint Trust feel that the charity is now in a position to be able to move forwards with a full time CEO to lead this important work. They have therefore appointed Charles Wookey as full time CEO, he has been part time CEO since 2014. Charles will take on the role full time from 1 March 2016.
“Charles has a passion to support businesses to work on a purpose that serves society, and alongside that to ensure that people can bring themselves to work and be valued. We are delighted that he has accepted the post as full time CEO of Blueprint. We know that with his wisdom and commitment Blueprint can indeed become a movement for change across the business sector”
Barbara Stocking, Chair of Trustees, Blueprint Trust