Essential Tools

  • Essential Tools for Operations Management
  • Essential Tools for Organizational Performance
  • Essential Tools for Management Consulting

This website will give you all the tools and information needed to succeed in management.  Whether you’re a practising manager, a student looking for the latest management tools or a management consultant, this website covers a range of tools and techniques suitable for everyone.

Essential Tools Series


The Essential Management Toolbox covers 20 management skills sectors within management consultancy fields and specialisms, and is written by a leading academic in the field.  Derived from this book is a range of pocket sized books concentrating on different management areas. 

The Essential Tools series…
These pocket sized books provide a suitable reference for those wishing to understand and undertake practical performance improvements relevant to the latest management thinking. 

Each book in the Essential Tools series describes in five Chapters a number of examples and shares the authors’ practical experiences in the use of appropriate management tools and models taken from the Toolbox with a focus on the specific management topics. 


Every month we'll give you a management tool from the essential tools series to implement in your work.

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    This month’s discussion recognises that key to the operation and success of businesses is the role of people in undertaking both individual and team activities.

  • MOT Question

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  • MOT Question

    Question from James Dent, Marketing Manager: I take up a new post in the New Year which will give me staff to manage for the first time, what should my priorities be?

    Read Simon's answer.