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  Daily Thoughts

November 30th, 2021

My solution to a ‘chicken and egg’ problem is the omelette. Deadly serious about this.

‘Daily Thoughts’ is paused, to assess its value and its next  ‘presentation of  life’. Bear with us. In the meantime, […]

November 26th, 2021

What people think and what people say are occasionally connected. Being aware of this may be lifesaving.

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November 23rd, 2021

Don’t read anything that starts with ‘research has shown’.

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November 22nd, 2021

The journey: for an Himalayan trip, trust a few good shepherds. Including your company Himalayans

Organizational transformation equals organizational life. Sometimes we add an adjective to signpost a direction. For example, digital transformation. Very often […]

November 19th, 2021

‘If you want to revenge someone, prepare two graves’. On leadership and digging.

This is one of the many pearls of wisdom from Confucius.  Your revenge may kill the adversary but a bit […]

November 18th, 2021

Management: by invitation. Unbundle reporting lines and management teams

Corporate grade, reporting lines and membership of leadership teams in organizations often go together. But unbundling these components is a […]

November 17th, 2021

Competition glorified: you are not a student, employee or citizen, you are a contestant.

I have not counted the number of TV shows, either side of the Atlantic, that are based on individual competition, […]

November 16th, 2021

Human behaviour laws are unfair. Positive or negative consequences are disproportionate to the causes. Get used to it as leader.

An old patient was concerned about her hair. A nurse came in at 7 am to put colour in her […]

November 15th, 2021

The Descartes legacy. The tyranny of bipolar thinking is always upon us.

One of us or one of them. Liberal or conservative. Top down or bottom up. Progressive or retrograde. Robust or […]

November 12th, 2021

Corporate Change is Corporate Rafting. And Heraclitus knew a thing or two about rivers (tip: change is not ‘created’)

Heraclitus (535 BCE) was probably the father of change management. Two quotes: ‘There is nothing permanent except change’. ‘No man ever […]

November 11th, 2021

Bold leadership pays off. It can also be killed by those who are highly paid to be professionally afraid.

Years ago, I persuaded a pharmaceutical client to make three bold moves in one: (1)   To create a New Product […]

November 10th, 2021

And the frog said, next time buy yourself a thermometer

The old tale of ‘Boiling Frogs’ says that there are too basic ways to boil a frog. One, the frog […]

November 9th, 2021

The company on a treadmill: devise routine Stress Tests

Banks have had stress tests (imposed) to see how they would cope with difficult market conditions. For example, in the […]

November 8th, 2021

The Disruption Religion misses the point: what will not change, and how we can capitalise on it. (2 of 2)

In the previous Daily Thought I shared the simple idea that change management approaches often miss a big elephant in the […]

November 5th, 2021

Change management’s most important announcement: this will not change

The change management industry has traditionally missed a big elephant in the room: in times of change, what is actually […]

November 4th, 2021

Team Rules: a sample

One of my favourite sets of Team Rules. Real life. Not invented. One of my best clients. Always curious No […]

November 3rd, 2021

Many reorganizations based upon ‘structural problems’ have a name and surname behind

We often hear the need to put some order in Division A, or to restructure X and Y by putting […]

November 2nd, 2021

Will disruptive innovation go backwards?

Probably we will not go back to the telegraph, but when everything is ‘innovatively disrupted’, where will we go? At […]

November 1st, 2021

Find your own performance recipe. Today, the life cycle of a Best Practice is a week.

Organizational performance is unique. Cut and paste does not work. You need to find your own formula. Good to hear […]

October 29th, 2021

The ‘Training ex Machina’ delusion. Beware of training solutions for all seasons.

In the old Greek tragedies, when the plot became an unsolvable mess, a God (or few of them) came down […]