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About The Happy Manager. This site was created by Phil Higson and Anthony Sturgess*, authors of Uncommon Leadership: how to build competitive advantage by thinking differently.

Both Phil and Anthony are experienced managers and educators who have seen a wide range of working situations. They have been inspired by their work and life experiences to create a website designed to help make the workplace a better place. And who better to make this happen than managers?

Phil and Anthony believe it’s the manager who plays the critical role in creating that better place. Their website is aimed at supporting and developing managers, so they can do the same for the people they manage. After all….

People are definitely a company‚Äôs greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. Mary Kay Ash

Care about your people and they will care about your business. Forget that and watch profits go down the drain. Hal Rosenbluth

About Phil Higson, MA, FCMI

Phil Higson is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and former Head of Business at a UK university. He is a published author and active researcher, with over 30 years experience as a manager, university lecturer, course developer, external examiner, consultant and writer.

He has worked mainly in UK universities although he has also consulted or taught in France, Russia and Hong Kong. A former MBA course leader, Phil has also written research articles and conference papers exploring the role of business schools in workplace management development.

Before becoming an educator, Phil worked in several small and large organisations, in both the UK and Australia. For ten of those years he managed small, retail businesses, each with multiple outlets. This combination of work experience in small and large organisations, in both private and public sectors, has given Phil a wide ranging perspective on work and management. These experiences, added to his academic research and teaching activities, and to his life-long interest in personal development, have all contributed to the creation of the Happy Manager.

Currently a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Phil continues to teach, examine, consult and write on various subjects, including strategy, marketing, services management, tourism, and events management.

About Anthony Sturgess, MSc, FCMI

Anthony Sturgess is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker, author and leadership educator. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, having been a manager in a large, private sector management development consultancy and Head of Executive Education at a UK business school.

He has a proven track record in developing award-winning programmes with his clients and has authored or created numerous training and development tools. Anthony’s innovative approaches to developing managers and leaders address the practical demands they face. But they also challenge conventional wisdom, fostering fresh thinking and insight.

After setting up his own business, Apex Leadership, Anthony has recently returned to university life at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School to further his interest in teaching and researching leadership. Anthony is currently engaged in doctoral research exploring how to improve the way organisations engage with universities, and how leadership and management development interventions can be designed for greater impact.

His hope is that The Happy Manager will help us all to explore how we can find “better ways to manage”.

Phil and Anthony are founders of the UK-based business, Apex Leadership Ltd, established to promote their keynote speaking, books, learning resources, and writing services.