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  Daily Thoughts

July 23rd, 2021

Employee Engagement (and debunking) continues. (3/7): The Happy Cows model

This is model 2 in the pack of 6 that I have described. There is a book, or two, and its […]

July 22nd, 2021

Debunking the Myths of Employee Engagement (2/7): Giving employees a voice. So, now we have a choir. And then what?

Model 1 of my 6 is what I call, ‘Air time’. It translates into: ‘we recognise that employees’ views are not properly […]

July 21st, 2021

The ‘initiative’ often lets personal commitment off the hook

‘For every problem, the Victorians have a building’. For every idea that we need to carry forward, we invent an […]

July 20th, 2021

For every problem, the Victorians had a building

A few years ago, the BBC broadcast a series called ‘How we built Britain’, presented by the veteran David Dimbleby. […]

July 19th, 2021

The Returning Bomber Paradox: a case of reframing the problem. More on Critical Thinking.

In WWII there was a curious episode of an injection of critical thinking, not entirely well publicised. Big bomber airplanes […]

July 16th, 2021

Critical thinking in the organization is fitness, health and fresh air, all in one

The difference between the critical thinker and the un-critical one is not a difference in IQ, or mental strength, or […]

July 15th, 2021

‘Invert, always invert’: a fundamental, zero-cost, unstuck management technique

Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, a 19th century Swiss mathematician is remembered by many things in his scientific turf, but by one […]

July 14th, 2021

The painting is a beautiful, delicate masterpiece. The artist’s workshop is a mess.

The process of creativity can be very messy. In fact, it is perhaps necessarily messy. Like the artist’s workshop. The […]

July 13th, 2021

Company vs. Community. Digging the roots of words for a possible reunion.

Company: Where companions are. Companion = com + panis in Latin, that is with bread, sharing bread of food. ‘Travelling […]

July 12th, 2021

But what do they think? What do they want us to do? Why don’t they just tell us?

In my consulting work, it is incredibly frequent to see people stuck with a question: ‘but what do they want us […]

July 9th, 2021

All the roads lead to Rome, but mind the axle of the car

A friend of mine Carlos Orozco  uses this analogy. If you are driving a car and you have a puncture, you’ll try […]

July 8th, 2021

The unsaid and unsayable are at the deeper layers of culture

When trying to understand a culture, there will be plenty of visible things to look at, to hear and to […]

July 7th, 2021

The cult of issues. The culture in which airtime is dominated by problems and where navel-gazing is king

Some cultures a very introspective. In a healthy way. Some are pathologically introspective and spend a lot of time dissecting […]

July 6th, 2021

A tsunami of navel-gazing, force 11, is impacting business, society and politics. And individual identity.

I don’t like to sound gloomy, but, is the current self-centrism an epidemic of colossal proportions? Or, another way to […]

July 5th, 2021

Sharing thoughts, being carriers, and why there are no idiots anymore

I have described before the role of managers in many ways, often pointing to the risk of becoming ‘information traffic […]

July 2nd, 2021

Walking e-bays bearing second hand thoughts

We are pulled to conform to the group, to participate, to contribute, to say something. Nodding is not enough. Taking […]

July 1st, 2021

Where is home? A serious management question to employees

I am (in) IT, I work for X (company) I work for X (company), I am in IT These are […]

June 30th, 2021

20 reasons why I trust you

I trust you because I can say ‘I haven’t got a clue’ and you don’t think I am an idiot […]

June 29th, 2021

Preach your values all the time, when necessary use words

This is plagiarism, of course. I am stealing 13th Century Saint, Francis of Assisi’s  line: ‘Preach the Gospel all the […]

June 28th, 2021

Thesaurus – based value and behaviours systems are meaningless, exhausted and cheap

Let’s start somewhere else. What is the logic behind Listmania? Very often there isn’t one. But starting a note/blog/communication with […]