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Opinion

Gareth Cook

Beehive management

Data suggest that successful teams have a clear signature: communication

FOR THOSE interested in doing a better job of managing people - supporting them, inspiring them to greatness - there is plenty of advice out there. The problem is that it is not clear which advice to follow. Management philosophies are like apple pies; they all sound good.

The issue is a vital one, and not just for companies that want to improve their bottom line. A large part of what people do is done in groups. If there are indeed bedrock principles of management, then their wide application could do a lot of good for a lot of people.

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