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June 20th, 2019

Happiness in the organization is an outcome not an input. Prescribing happiness is a behavioural nonsense.

Another important idea (first published in 2016) worth revisiting. Enjoy! You can’t inject happiness in the organization. You can’t put […]

May 10th, 2019

People with all the answers may be overqualified for their jobs

First published in September 2018. An American educator said that children entered school as a question mark and left school […]

May 9th, 2019

Question: what is the cost of not doing X?

First published in August 2018. We are used to look at the cost of doing things. And rightly so. We […]

May 8th, 2019

Confronted with dysfunctionality, a reorganization solution must be the last resort, not the first.

First posted back in January. Most of our organizational problems are behavioural. Structural answers hardly solve behavioural problems. Amalgamating A […]

May 7th, 2019

If the business is the mission, culture is the strategy

First published in November 2018 If one thing has become clear after all these decades of management soul-searching for more […]

April 11th, 2019

My last Employee Engagement model. (7/7): Activists on the payroll.

In this model, the employee (1) is an activist, (2) largely working peer-to-peer, and (3) progressing towards (if not arriving […]

April 10th, 2019

Employee Engagement as morally imperative. (6/7) A forgotten model?

Here is a ‘very novel’ concept. Employee Engagement is needed because… it’s good in and of itself. Because work enhances […]

April 9th, 2019

Employee Engagement Models continue (5/7): ‘The Investors metaphor’.

This is model 4 of the series.  The concept is simple. Imagine that you, as an employee, are in reality an […]

April 5th, 2019

More on Employee Engagement (4/7): ‘The Cause’. Engagement with the company or within the company?

This is model 3 (but the 4th post, confusing!)  ‘The Cause’. Employees join forces to work on a Cause: green agenda, corporate […]

April 4th, 2019

Employee Engagement week ( and debunking) continues. (3/7): The Happy Cows model

This is model 2 in the pack of 6 that I have described. There is a book, or two, and its […]

April 3rd, 2019

Debunking the Myths of Employee Engagement (2/7): Giving employees a voice. So, now we have a choir. And then what?

Model 1 of my 6 is what I call, ‘Air time’. It translates into: ‘we recognise that employees’ views are not properly […]

April 2nd, 2019

Debunking the Myths of Employee Engagement: a land of Emperors with No Clothes. (1/7) The six models

Over the next 7 days, we wanted to revist a series of posts from 2017, exploring the important topic of […]

March 22nd, 2019

There is really only one measure of the attractiveness of the organization you lead

First published October 2018 If you love KPIs, here is one. The attractiveness of your (corporate) function is defined by […]

March 21st, 2019

The Zeus strategy: de-aggregating the problem

First published back in 2016 Plato told us in his Symposium that humans were originally androgynous, not men or women. […]

March 20th, 2019

Leave your sandals at the door

First published in November 2017. This is the request we make at the beginning of a Viral Change™ programme. Forget […]

March 15th, 2019

‘Getting out of the way’ as a leadership strategy

First published September 2018 Also called get out of the room and don’t interfere. Also asking the question ‘may I […]

March 14th, 2019

If the business is the mission, culture is the strategy

First published back in November 2018. If one thing has become clear after all these decades of management soul-searching for […]

February 15th, 2019

The obvious but overlooked fact that connectivity and collaboration are not always good.

Increasing the connectivity of people, who will benefit from enhanced collaboration ,to achieve good things better, faster, differently, is a […]

February 14th, 2019

‘Every Corpse on Everest was once an extremely motivated person’

I don’t know where this comes from but it’s in posts and posters all over. It’s perhaps one of these […]

February 13th, 2019

Clues to mobilize people inside the corporate tent, come from outside that tent.

People reading these Daily Thoughts may be used to common themes, indeed. After all, I am not writing about nuclear […]