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  Daily Thoughts

July 2nd, 2018

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 […]

June 28th, 2018

Change management models on sale.

Give me a sequence, some boxes, a template on steps, lots of arrows and a PowerPoint, and will create a […]

June 27th, 2018

How many people in your payroll have never licked a stamp?

Beloit College, in Wisconsin, creates every year a ‘Mindset List’ It shows a list of facts about a particular new […]

June 26th, 2018

Storytelling wins wars whilst everything else is fighting battles (and 3 of 3): event shocks coming to you, that may not feel like gifts.

In October 2013, a ship carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. 300 people drowned. As The Guardian journalist Kenan […]

June 25th, 2018

Three magic questions for leaders

1. Will I regret not doing this? Bezos, Amazon chief. Here is from a recent article: ‘When faced with significant […]

June 22nd, 2018

Storytelling wins wars whilst everybody else is fighting battles. (2 of 3): leaders of organizations, are you listening?

Friday 25 May, 2018. Ireland votes 66.4% in favour of repealing the Eight Amendment of its Constitution, inserted in 1983, […]

June 21st, 2018

Storytelling wins wars whilst everyybody else is fighting battles (1 of 3): the ingredients

Today we are in front of daily wars of narratives: political, social, models of the world, futures, concept of Man. […]

June 20th, 2018

The bottleneck in organizations is gone North. Stop blaming middle management. Look up.

For the lest, at least, 10 years of my consulting life, I have struggled to confirm the thesis, well publicised […]

June 18th, 2018

Grab the magic thresholds in the organization’s life

Continuous culture shaping within an organization equals social movement: large scale behavioural and culture change, for a purpose, powered by […]

June 15th, 2018

People who welcome criticism don’t say ‘I welcome criticism’

‘I welcome criticism’ is often an alibi to avoid criticism. OK, that’s as harsh as it goes for a generic. […]

June 13th, 2018

‘How can we make this fail?” is a more powerful question than its opposite

Accustomed as we are to create plans to succeed  on something, this may sound counterintuitive. Creating (serious) plans for failure […]

June 12th, 2018

Plan for the intended, watch the unintended, embrace the extended

(1) We plan operations, change, leadership, anything, with intended consequences in mind. These are often translated into KPIs, milestones, and […]

June 11th, 2018

For every ‘I have a dream’, there are thousands of ‘are you serious?’

For every community struggling to achieve something, and deciding to launch some form of collective action; for every minority that […]

June 7th, 2018

Mind the frame ( or you may regret your frame of mind)

George Lakoff, a familiar name in these Daily Thoughts, is on a mission. The US cognitive psychology specialist,  emeritus professor, […]

June 6th, 2018

May Change Management have a great funeral

I good friend, expert in Communications, has created her new website with a prominent quote of mine, ‘Change Management as […]

June 5th, 2018

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 […]

June 4th, 2018

The alternative Post-mortem of failed change programmes. (and 5 of 5): we communicate too much.

In this miniseries I have shared so far four inconvenient truths uncovered by the forensics of ‘change management’ failure: Too […]

May 31st, 2018

The alternative Post-mortem of failed change programmes. (4 of 5): Too much vision, not lack of it

Forth in the mini series:  uncovering of truths of the failure of change and transformation programmes, via a reverse engineering. […]

May 30th, 2018

The alternative Post-mortem of failed change programmes. (3 of 5): Antibodies to start with.

Third installment in the uncovering of truths via a reverse engineering of the failure of change and transformation programmes. Finding: […]

May 29th, 2018

The alternative Post-mortem of failed change programmes. (2 of 5): It was fireworks and corporate flash mobs

Second installment in the uncovering of truths via a reverse engineering of the failure of change and transformation programmes. Many […]