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  Daily Thoughts

November 27th, 2020

Don’t let the expression ‘this is just business’ be synonymous for inhuman. Business? Not in my name.

Somewhere along the line, in the history of ‘business’, something went wrong and people took the wrong turn at the […]

November 26th, 2020

Focus, focus! But only after un-focusing a lot

Our managerial training and praxis has been quite successful at making us guilty of not focusing enough on a task […]

November 25th, 2020

That great new hire, welcomed with a fanfare, saviour of the team, is leaving. Oh well!

Despite being repeated a thousand times, hiring processes are still quite imperfect. Of course, there are many places in which […]

November 24th, 2020

At some threshold, ‘improvements’ become dangerous

‘Continuous improvement’ is part of the management furniture and something that, at face value, one could not disagree with. But […]

November 23rd, 2020

Aspiration: the healthy restlessness of the ‘Is there a better way?’

Complacency is always a risk, more so when we profess to be immune to it. Sometimes, achieving organizational and business […]

November 21st, 2020

The many ‘me’ inside Me need some discovery: have a go. They all seem to come for dinner.

Continuing the conversation on leadership. Yes, we could go forever. Let me make an assumption: that miraculously you’ll have some […]

November 20th, 2020

Organizations don’t learn. People do. Sometimes too much. So where does company memory come in?

The modern organization is fluid. People are not necessarily assigned to one place, one team, even one single role. The […]

November 19th, 2020

How to create collaboration. Parachute people in who collaborate a lot

Collaboration is behavioural, not a process or system. As a behaviour, it can’t be taught. It’s something that some people […]

November 18th, 2020

Stop press: The C-suite people and top leadership, major problem revealed

For CEOs, CFOs, CHROs, and other Cs, and Divisional Ds’, survey after survey try to identify their focus, their concerns, […]

November 17th, 2020

Leadership is a social concept, not an individual trait. But we are fascinated by the individual stock.

Leadership is a term that describes a relationship. No relationship, no leadership. Leadership can only be defined in terms of […]

November 16th, 2020

Corporate language needs a transfusion of humanity. It can be done.

Corporate speak is of course tribal. So, to belong, you have to speak the tribal idiom. Through my work, I […]

November 14th, 2020

An enlightened top leadership is sometimes a fantastic alibi for a non-enlightened management to do whatever they want

Nothing is more rewarding than having a CEO who says world-changing things in the news and who produces bold, enlightened […]

November 13th, 2020

Heroic corporate stories build motivation for a future. Routine stories of achievement show that the future is already here.

Corporate storytelling has been largely dominated by heroic stories, referring to extraordinary circumstances, handled by extraordinary people. They make for […]

November 12th, 2020

Talk the walk (Note from the editor: it actually means in that order)

‘Walk the talk’ is being consistent: say something and then do what you said you would. ‘Talk the walk’ is […]

November 11th, 2020

Leadership is an amoral praxis. How about this to start a conversation?

Any label that could be equally applied to Mother Theresa, Hitler, your CEO, Kim Jong-un, Mandela, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and […]

November 10th, 2020

The healing smell of a corporate bonfire. (The Hernan Cortés Exit strategy).

The British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has ‘Plan A’ as the title of their vast corporate and social responsibility […]

November 9th, 2020

Tribes in the organization: Managing by Segmenting Around (part 3 of 3)

If you followed the two previous Daily Thoughts, you would have got into the idea of ‘Managing by Segmenting Around’. […]

November 7th, 2020

Tribes in the organization: seeing the world in segments, one character at a time . The Big 40 (2 of 3)

Exercise: take a piece of paper and put names next to each category. Use your organization or an organization you […]

November 6th, 2020

Tribes in the organization: seeing the world in segments, one character at a time (part 1 of 3)

These 8, self-explanatory categories of people are the natural focus of traditional HR and management systems . They are needed […]

November 5th, 2020

Trespassers will be recruited: a four-word strategy in the Battle of Ideas

Societal issues, clash of ideologies, fundamentalism, political engagement (or lack of it), organizational innovation, Leadership 2020, no matter what direction […]