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  Daily Thoughts

June 19th, 2020

Scientism is taking over management, so garbage gets measured and saved in pie charts.

Scientism is taking over management, so anything that can be expressed in scores and numbers is glorified regardless of the […]

June 18th, 2020

Culture change is not long and difficult. This myth is self-perpetuated. This emperor has no clothes. The emperor is freezing.

Alternative title: A plan longer than six months to see initial success, is not worth the money. I suppose the […]

June 17th, 2020

Change management theories have only interpreted the organizational world. The point, however, is to actually change it.

Since we all love conceptual frames, it is not surprising that in the area of ‘change management’ there are a […]

June 16th, 2020

Individual change does not precede social change.

By all means, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ (by the way, Gandhi never said that), […]

June 15th, 2020

The tragedy of corporate shallowness. A call to wake up

These are the symptoms. Indicators, red flags, culture makers. If you have more than 5, you are in trouble. 6 […]

June 13th, 2020

‘What if the problem is me?’ An uncomfortable, key question for leaders

Reflective leadership has gone into progressive short supply. In an era where prescriptive answers seem to dominate reflective ones, it […]

June 12th, 2020

No more change please, we need change-ability.

‘Lasting capacity’ must be a keyword for change management and its methods. The issue today is less about how to […]

June 11th, 2020

Social media is a colossal echo chamber where all cognitive processes are surrendered to one single driver: confirmation bias.

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

June 10th, 2020

Proposed new management competency: deprogramming

Deprogramming is a form of management detox. We navigate and work in organizations with a great deal of automatic pilot, […]

June 9th, 2020

8 hard arguments on culture for people who think this is fluffy, woolly, soft stuff

Culture is the difference between 30 people making a decision in 30 days, and 3 people making the same decision […]

June 8th, 2020

Change is social, doing it together, a praxis.

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

June 5th, 2020

Framing is a leadership must: your mini-revolution starts with simple behaviours.

I put framing at the top of the list on ‘leadership tasks’. One of those non-rocket sciences around us that […]

June 4th, 2020

3 self-sabotage mechanisms in organizations

Organizations, like organisms, have embedded mechanisms of survival, of growth and also of self-sabotage These are 3 self-sabotage systems to […]

June 3rd, 2020

Non-magic: what is the latest intelligence and new data? Magic: what’s the story?

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

June 2nd, 2020

Getting things done: ‘Relationships’ vs. ‘Structures’

A while ago, a telecom client complained to me about his particular division which seemed to work entirely ‘on relationships’. […]

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 […]