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  Daily Thoughts

July 15th, 2019

10 types of people who challenge the status quo in the organization. The art of dissenting (1/2)

Who challenges in organizations? People who have nothing to lose People who know that the art of challenging, equals not […]

July 13th, 2019

‘Nothing new under the sun’ ? Take off your sun glasses and stop the Valium

Often you see people in organizations disillusioned with changes, considering themselves survivors of the yet another reorg, getting on with […]

July 12th, 2019

We need the aliens. Everybody needs aliens. Smart aliens who can ask questions and open Pandora boxes for us.

The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person […]

July 11th, 2019

Micro-behaviours plus peer-to-peer equals social change dynamite

Serious behavioural change? Start with micro-behaviours, then walk backwards to values, never the other way around. And bring peer-to-peer or […]

July 10th, 2019

Work-life balance: the on-off switch is broken, and they don’t make them any more.

Forget work-life balance. It was a good concept that did a lot of good but has now retired. It cannot […]

July 9th, 2019

The fastest and best way to build a creative culture: all revealed now

The fastest and best way to build a creative culture is to have lots of creative people together. No kidding. […]

July 8th, 2019

Accountability holes? Desert spaces? Orphan ideas? Buy the tent, occupy the street.

Any organization has accountability holes, areas where nobody really owns the space. Sometimes these are true ‘grey areas’, sometimes are […]

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 […]

July 1st, 2019

For any ‘what you say’ there are always many ‘how you say it’. Impact is in the how.

Let’s revisit re-framing techniques. I covered this in a previous Daily Thought but still relevant today. Take  a look at […]

June 28th, 2019

Change is great, you go first.

It’s 2019 – I wanted to revisit this from 2018 – are corporations developing, evolving, transforming, adapting….? And old sticker […]

June 27th, 2019

You want A, but you are systematically reinforcing B.

A simple exercise that leaders can do, either on their own with paper and pen, or with their management team, […]

June 26th, 2019

There are Good Leaders, Excellent Leaders, and Gold Leaders.This is what Gold looks like

A ‘Daily Thought’ taken from one of my Leadership series’. Gold leadership, is the one above silver and bronze, that’s […]

June 25th, 2019

If leadership in organizations followed some ‘activism rules’; not standard management logic. Here is one rule.

One of the key rules of activism (social, political, cause) is not to spend more than the minimum necessary time […]

June 21st, 2019

The Daily Me, information bubbles, and keeping sane

Something for the weekend. Written back in 2017 but still rings true today! We naturally retreat to comfort zones. If […]

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 […]

June 19th, 2019

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”

A previously posted Daily Thought – well-worth revisiting. John Le Carre, British ex secret intelligence serviceman, espionage writer, dixit. He […]

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 […]