A systematic approach to management requires a new level of thinking and responsibility from your people. For management it means thinking through the analysis and design of the business and all its parts. For non-management staff it means periodically lifting themselves out of their role to improve the process by which they undertake it.
But people don't develop these abilities accidentally. They need to be coached and developed through planned challenges and experiences. Each problem that the company faces is an opportunity to grow your people's abilities.
The concept of 'People' is about actively managing your people as an asset to be grown and utilised in the best long and short term interests of your company.

Develop and harness your people's abilities and attitudes in a planned and productive manner, through a clearly defined programme of challenges, experiences, team involvement, and training.

People are our most important assets - so the saying goes! So what about asset management - what are the most successful investment strategies - how can the asset be best utilised?
Unfortunately there is a level of irresponsibility in many companies and their approach to “their most important asset” - unless of course the view is “people is our most important asset” - because often companies seem to believe in managing them as a whole - the sheep dip approach. Unfortunately each people asset is a unique one, and there are no easy collective answers as to how that asset is best managed.
But people are your greatest assets. And there are some general principles that can be followed in managing that asset.
The concept of asset management as applied to people, has a lot to offer our thinking on our management of people. To start with, how do you assess the value of your asset? One way is to determine the confidence you have in the competence of your people - the terms of reference you provide them in undertaking their work.
Do you know how much the terms of reference of your people have changed over the last two years?
Terms of reference provide a good yardstick for assessing the growth of this asset. It is, at the same time, a measure of how confident you are in the competence of your people, and the extent to which you are harnessing that competence without the inefficiency of duplicated effort.
The information and insight that such an analytical approach will give you will provide guidance about how you develop growth of your asset through processes such as empowerment, team development, training etc.
Perhaps the most important aspect of professional management is the aspect of how the people asset is managed, since therein lies the potential to effectively deploy a systematic approach throughout your organisation. Although it can seem to develop all by itself, with just the occasional slosh of training, this is rarely the most efficient or effective form of people asset management.

To understand more about 'People':
 Exploration provides an understanding of the principles that underpin this aspect of the management process
 Evaluation provides a simple scale by which you might reflect on your own organisation's progress in this area
 Tools provides a brief overview of some of the approaches that are available to support further development

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