Great Leaders Aren’t Always Great Managers

Great Leaders Aren’t Always Great Managers

People management is a crucial role, and it is different from leadership. Two weeks ago I wrote a LinkedIn post in response to a tweet from Simon Sinek. He stated: “Management is the practice of manipulating people for personal gain. Leadership is the...
Dear CEO: Let Your People Choose Their Managers

Dear CEO: Let Your People Choose Their Managers

I was honoured to be asked by Thinkers50 to contribute a letter to their Dear CEO book, published in July 2017. Here is my contribution. Dear CEO Let me paint a common scenario. One of your people comes to you and says “I love my job. I love the people I work with....
Let your people choose their manager

Let your people choose their manager

This is the text of a speech I gave to Worldblu’s Freedom At Work conference in Miami yesterday: I am Henry Stewart and I run a training business based in London, England. Its called Happy Ltd and we help companies create happy workplaces. To explain what we won a...

8 Companies That Don’t Have Managers

At Happy we let people choose their managers, an idea which has been seen as very radical when I’ve spoken about it (eg, on Radio 4 last year). However there are companies that have gone a step further and got rid of managers altogether. Some are small but some...