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April 24th, 2019

Reflection is subversive. Uprise! Slow down!

Space to reflect? Where is that? Are you saying we are not reflective? Don’t we have an intelligence? Are you […]

April 23rd, 2019

‘Culture of feed back’ has gone nuts

I know leaders who are obsessed with this: the systematic use of feed back between managers and staff, between people. […]

April 15th, 2019

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 […]

April 11th, 2019

My last Employee Engagement model. (7/7): Activists on the payroll.

In this model, the employee (1) is an activist, (2) largely working peer-to-peer, and (3) progressing towards (if not arriving […]

April 10th, 2019

Employee Engagement as morally imperative. (6/7) A forgotten model?

Here is a ‘very novel’ concept. Employee Engagement is needed because… it’s good in and of itself. Because work enhances […]

April 9th, 2019

Employee Engagement Models continue (5/7): ‘The Investors metaphor’.

This is model 4 of the series.  The concept is simple. Imagine that you, as an employee, are in reality an […]

April 8th, 2019

How to start a discussion of a small problem and end it with having a big one

(the series on Employee Engagement will continue later) Organizational dynamics are full of ‘default thinking’. We assume that some things […]

April 5th, 2019

More on Employee Engagement (4/7): ‘The Cause’. Engagement with the company or within the company?

This is model 3 (but the 4th post, confusing!)  ‘The Cause’. Employees join forces to work on a Cause: green agenda, corporate […]

April 4th, 2019

Employee Engagement week ( 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 […]

April 3rd, 2019

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 […]

April 2nd, 2019

Debunking the Myths of Employee Engagement: a land of Emperors with No Clothes. (1/7) The six models

Over the next 7 days, we wanted to revist a series of posts from 2017, exploring the important topic of […]

March 26th, 2019

Individualism and collaboration are contagious. This is no news, but some experiments may explain how

In yet another experiment by Nicholas Christakis team (see previous Daily Thought on mistakes by robots!) they tested the power […]

March 25th, 2019

‘Oops! Sorry! I got this wrong’. Share mistakes to increase collaboration.

Being open about mistakes, own mistakes, team mistakes, has always being considered a driver for trust. If I as leader […]

March 22nd, 2019

There is really only one measure of the attractiveness of the organization you lead

First published October 2018 If you love KPIs, here is one. The attractiveness of your (corporate) function is defined by […]

March 21st, 2019

The Zeus strategy: de-aggregating the problem

First published back in 2016 Plato told us in his Symposium that humans were originally androgynous, not men or women. […]

March 20th, 2019

Leave your sandals at the door

First published in November 2017. This is the request we make at the beginning of a Viral Change™ programme. Forget […]

March 15th, 2019

‘Getting out of the way’ as a leadership strategy

First published September 2018 Also called get out of the room and don’t interfere. Also asking the question ‘may I […]

March 14th, 2019

If the business is the mission, culture is the strategy

First published back in November 2018. If one thing has become clear after all these decades of management soul-searching for […]

March 11th, 2019

If I were the CEO’s speechwriter for a day, this I will say

Don’t look at us, at the leadership at the top. We are the wrong mirror. Of course, we are committed […]

March 7th, 2019

‘If’ the management poem. c2019

Every year I review the version of this list and share with my community. Here is again, 2019 mode, with […]