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October 7th, 2022

Peer Networks are the strongest force of action inside the organization

Peer-to-peer works, transversal, spontaneous or not, collaboration, peer-to-peer influence, peer-to-peer activities of Viral Change™ champions or activists, all of this is […]

October 26th, 2020

This best kept, secret jumpstart, will save you months of pain in people, team reorg and alignment

The following line will short cut months of (building) ‘alignment’, integration, reorganization, team building, coalition building, start-up get-to-know, redeployment of […]

July 3rd, 2019

Dreams deferred?

Perhaps the  best we can do for the next generations is to understand their dreams. They are not the same […]

July 2nd, 2019

Always manage the verbs, not the nouns: teaming -up, not teams; role-modelling, not role models.

We need teaming up, but we may not need more teams. We need role-modelling but may not need to call […]

June 17th, 2019

‘All Big Data comes from the same place, the past’

The formidable Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy (who declares that has ‘an attractively vague job title which has allowed […]

June 14th, 2019

Polarity is the new slavery. We need new Abolition Laws.

On one side, taxes are good, big government, social welfare, fighting for social justice and social mobility, human rights, women […]

June 13th, 2019

Culture is the small print.

Standard Operating Procedures, strategy documents, all normal process and systems and the organization chart are the headlines. If you really […]

June 11th, 2019

If you really want diversity and inclusion, don’t have a Programme on Diversity and Inclusion

It is counterintuitive to managers but not to cognitive scientists. Given airtime to an issue is not always a good […]

June 10th, 2019

On the apparent difficulty of taking a holiday from yourself. As seen in a conference.

A few days ago, I went to a conference. It’s unusual for me these days because I have close to […]

June 3rd, 2019

Managing by thermostat (I want a culture of feed forward, not feed-back)

The Good Mechanics of Continuous Improvement have given us a culture of feed-back. Feed back is worshiped. There is a […]

May 31st, 2019

Companies with ‘autoimmune disease’ : difficult treatment and poor prognosis

Sorry for the medicalization, an annoying legacy in my brain from many years of diagnosing and prescribing. Unlike many other […]

May 30th, 2019

I don’t know. And I suspect you don’t know either

It’s terrifying. You are in front of an inquisitorial crowd, maybe your own people, and have to say, I don’t […]

May 29th, 2019

Stable culture is cultural sedimentation. It is like having a calcified boiler

I don’t know anything about boilers. Only that they are prone to take sabbaticals and stop delivering. In many cases […]

May 27th, 2019

Corporate language (waiting for the robots to come?)

I published this ages ago. Some people have asked me to repeat… since the robots are still coming and apparently […]

May 21st, 2019

Is victimhood a good model to understand some forms of employee disengagement?

I have been researching for a while the not-that-easy topic of ‘cognitive mental frames’ or ‘mental models’ that take over […]

May 20th, 2019

Culture conversations hijacked

We can measure anything. Vital things, rubbish things, relevant, secondary, soft, hard, anything. We have been told by the Wise […]

May 15th, 2019

Be authentic not Fake You. But you may not be liked.

What is authenticity? For starters, a very nice word. One of these that we love to attach as a command: […]

April 30th, 2019

‘Let our destination be decided by the winds of our discussion’

Socrates said. Or Plato said Socrates said. Socrates never wrote a word. He did not trust them. They were the […]

April 29th, 2019

‘What is in it for me?’ Don’t answer that for anybody

This is a question always  tempting leaders to give an answer. Eager to show that people will benefit, we spend […]

April 25th, 2019

Changing minds?

My mind is not for change. Look how strong I am. In the Brexit context, the discussion has often been […]