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  Daily Thoughts

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 […]

October 28th, 2021

Is leadership so elusive or only in the hands of academics?

A publication I once received around the Mighty Davos meeting portrays the views of five expert academics on the topic […]

October 27th, 2021

Why getting rid of inefficient processes in the organization is so hard. Anthropology explains it.

I had a discussion with a client recently, about the resistance to get rid of complicated processes that almost everybody […]

October 26th, 2021

The 51 week problem

I got this insight from one of our Viral Change clients in the health care sector. We were talking about […]

October 25th, 2021

Articulating your core belief system, plus finding your ‘Space in the world’. The re-framing of the company steering wheel (4 and 5 of 5)

We have been exploring briefly in the last days the Steering system of the company under the formula: (1) Space […]

October 22nd, 2021

From Values to Non-negotiable Behaviours. Continuing the reframing of the company steering system. (3 of 5)

The trouble with value systems is that, very often, they have no proper translation into pragmatic and visible expectations that […]

October 20th, 2021

The Organizational Logic: the basic people algorithms that steer the navigation. Reframing the company steering system. (2 of 5)

Yesterday’s Daily Thought introduced the formula: (1) Space in the World (Purpose) + (2) Core Beliefs + (3) Non negotiable Behaviours […]

October 19th, 2021

Beyond mission and vision …and the rest. Reframing the company steering system in 2021. (1 of 5)

Many companies operate under some sort of ‘Mission and Vision’ framework, often also accompanied, or preceded, by a statement of […]

October 18th, 2021

Obituary: Incrementalism

Please pray for the soul of incrementalism that, after a long and slow incremental illness, left us for good. After […]

October 15th, 2021

Amateurs borrow, professionals steal

The phrase is from John Lennon who stole it from TS Elliott ‘amateur poets borrow; mature poets steal’. There are […]

October 14th, 2021

Some companies are run as a Permanent Focus Group

In some organizations, daily life and the day to day meetings feel like a Permanent Focus Group. People spend their […]

October 13th, 2021

Purpose kidnapped?

To continue on the theme of Purpose…after yesterday’s: Purpose is always in the basement   Suddenly purpose is back. We […]

October 12th, 2021

Purpose is always in the basement

One’s true purpose is never finally decided. Like history, purpose is always found backwards and then edited. A little journey […]

October 11th, 2021

If the business is the mission, culture is the strategy

If one thing has become clear after all these decades of management soul-searching for more or less universal truths, this […]

October 7th, 2021

What is the ‘model of the world’ in this organization?

Paraphrasing (better, stealing from) American anthropologist Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) a corporate culture, or, I would say, a subculture that you […]

October 6th, 2021

Some company cultures are works of fiction. Some leadership teams ‘harrypotter’ a narrative that nobody else recognizes.

The description of some company cultures by their leaders may sound like a work of fiction by people inside. I […]

October 5th, 2021

10 principles behind culture, behind ‘Employer Branding’, and behind anything that has to do with the DNA of an organization

I have on several occasions presented my views on Employer Branding. The trouble with this area, is that it overlaps […]

October 4th, 2021

Most ‘I’m just doing my job’ people, are not doing their jobs

Every morning in my neighbourhood there is a small window of time when traffic becomes chaotic, slow, painful and frustrating. […]

October 1st, 2021

Childhood ‘monsters under the bed’ never go away. They seem to reappear in corporations. Without the beds.

If I had a say in new roles for large organizations, I think I would establish this new Division: VP […]

September 30th, 2021

There is no cost to being, and the ROI is pretty good.

The cost of authenticity, of being yourself, is zero. In theory, the cost of pretending you are somebody else is […]