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  Daily Thoughts

December 11th, 2019

Speed or quality; critical thinking or fast decisions: the OR is today unaffordable.

Back in 1994, Jim Collins, consultant and author, gained a lot of attention with his book Built To Last: Successful […]

December 10th, 2019

The usefulness of the useless

Nuccio Ordine, an Italian professor, has written an essay of this title, to my knowledge not translated into English. It […]

December 9th, 2019

The ‘Keep Moving’ strategy always wins.

A while ago, I was told an anecdote about an MBA student who returned to their alma mater for a […]

December 7th, 2019

10 ingredients to cook your strategy

List your competitors, then, compare yourself with a different list. Most of the answers lie outside your immediate peer circle. […]

December 6th, 2019

10 strategic options

These are the 10 strategic options you have at your disposal all the time, as I use them with my […]

December 5th, 2019

Status Unfinished: the perfect state of a healthy organization is beta

The perfect state of a healthy organization is unfinished. Like a human being. ‘Born too early’ (Campbell’s hero). Finished structures […]

December 4th, 2019

It’s official: the single, magic bullet, that characterises good leadership is to back off

It should not surprise us that people are constantly looking for the magic bullet of leadership. What makes a good […]

December 3rd, 2019

Leadership’s Splendid Expeditions

“The history of mankind might be described by a cynic as a series of splendid expeditions towards the wrong goal […]

December 2nd, 2019

“You don’t have to attend every argument to which you are invited”

This quote is from an unknown author. He or she must have known a thing or two about the futility […]

November 30th, 2019

Collective Leadership: Two Acid Tests

I call Collective Leadership that state in the evolution of management teams or leadership teams when the power of the […]

November 29th, 2019

The death of the charismatic leadership has been grossly exaggerated

As Mark Twain said himself, ‘The death of the charismatic leader has been grossly exaggerated’. The problem is that ‘charisma’ […]

November 28th, 2019

Could the ‘global teenager’ teach us about ‘global leadership’?

Today, there are more similarities between a teenager in Shanghai and a teenager in Rome, or Singapore and Madrid, or […]

November 27th, 2019

Scale or not to scale? This is the Shakespearean culture question.

Behavioural /cultural shaping in organizations does not scale up by simply the leaders having the right mindset and motivation. A […]

November 26th, 2019

All inclusive or go where the energy is?

Many times in my consulting work, I find myself facing this dilemma. Do I involve many people on the client’s […]

November 25th, 2019

Management ‘post-hoc fallacies’, but damn good stories!

In Latin ‘Post hoc ergo propter hoc’. Free translation: B follows A, so A must be the cause of B. […]

November 23rd, 2019

Steal ideas, implant with caution, observe, tweak, observe again, never close your eyes.

Innovation and renewal requires your windows open to the world. Plenty of organizations out there are experimenting with models, far […]

November 22nd, 2019

What do these have in common? Designing organizations, aquariums and fish soup.

Commenting on the communist legacy, a soviet academic Oleg Bogomolov, who must have known a thing or two about things […]

November 21st, 2019

When the organization goes into permanent rehearsal mode, learns to rehearse, not to perform.

We spend more time on preparing for doing than in doing. That would be good if we were just talking […]

November 20th, 2019

HR competence systems need two things: a diet, and a dose of honesty

Medium and big organizations tend to use a competence system that segments people by grades and by degree of competence. […]

November 19th, 2019

I am in favour of consultants entering the temple of the Social Sciences provided they take off their shoes

I am paraphrasing British philosopher Simon Blackburn who said the same about scientists entering the temple of philosophy. There is […]