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  Daily Thoughts

June 1st, 2020

When managing an organization’s internal complexity, is a greater problem than managing the complexity of the environment.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 29th, 2020

In the organization, (behavioural) change is social. Or it isn’t.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 28th, 2020

‘Culture’ is a messy overstuffed supermarket. Behaviours create cultures. The rest is scaffolding.

Our concept of organizational culture as a receptacle for values, beliefs, attitudes, mindsets, ways of doing, written rules, unwritten rules, […]

May 27th, 2020

Top leadership role modelling is overrated.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 26th, 2020

Forget robust and forget the tanks. It’s guerrilla and it’s gazelle/cheetah/falcon in the project team.

Renounce adaptation, robustness and even ‘flexibility’ in favour of ‘taking any opportunity to do things you think you could not […]

May 25th, 2020

We want the organizational flexibility of Lego. We recruit for the rigidity of a jigsaw

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 23rd, 2020

If you are not in crisis, reboot. Declare inflection points. That’s readiness.

Some leaders are very good in a crisis. They may or may not acknowledge that, but the adrenaline of the […]

May 22nd, 2020

Behaviours create culture, not the other way around.

Extract taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas […]

May 21st, 2020

What if engaging employees were simply morally right? 

Extract taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas […]

May 20th, 2020

The Saint Francis School of Management – ‘when necessary use words’.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 19th, 2020

Demonising hierarchy is easy and politically correct but not terribly efficient.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 18th, 2020

Stop announcing change. Change. Then announce that it’s happening.

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 16th, 2020

There is only one strategy test: what will you tell the children?

Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

May 15th, 2020

The real readiness trick is behavioural. The rest is commentary.

The Four readiness drivers I have mentioned in previous posts are: Rapid Reaction and Reconfiguration (RRR) Focus on your ‘social […]

May 14th, 2020

The slack advantage: ‘The minute the future becomes unpredictable, efficiency can become your enemy’.

An interview with Adam Pisoni, American entrepreneur and previously, co-founder of CTO and Yammer, brings back to my table the […]

May 13th, 2020

Readiness is the new capability (just don’t ask what for) and it has four drivers.

The word ‘ready’ has at least 4 meanings in any dictionary: 1. Prepared or available for service, action, or progress. […]

May 12th, 2020

“You never let a crisis go to waste”.

This is the famous quote by Rahm Emanuel, who was mayor of Chicago from 2011 to 2019, and before that […]

May 8th, 2020

The company that gets better and better after disruption, disorder or chaos.

Nassim Taleb Antifragile concept is perhaps one of the most attractive frames (conceptual, philosophical, practical) we have had recently. By […]

May 7th, 2020

If you need to parachute in help, send builders, not problem solvers

Parachuting in help is daily life in the leadership of organizations. It may take the form of sending leaders from […]

May 6th, 2020

I want companies with Post Traumatic Strength Disorder. Untreated.

Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile book has this subtitle: ‘Things that gain from disorder’. This is a model for the new organization […]