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September 3rd, 2020

Five spaces that the organizational leader needs to design and nurture

What about the leader as a designer of spaces, a social architect that creates places (physical) and spaces? Not hard […]

September 2nd, 2020

Covid-19 time. Behavioural Change: the Bad Ideas Collection (1)

The England and Wales education authority has publicised a list of behaviours that will not be allowed in the classroom […]

September 1st, 2020

‘The tyranny of the moment’. Liberating Leaders Wanted.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a Norwegian Anthropology professor that has achieved more than any of his fellow anthropologists: you only […]

August 31st, 2020

Is employee engagement whatever is measured by employee engagement surveys?

Engagement, retention even activism…Traditional models of employee engagement are getting a bit tired. They are starting to look the same, […]

August 29th, 2020

The shortest Employee Engagement survey has one question

And the question is: ‘Why are you still here?’ You learn about the organization by asking questions to employees when […]

August 28th, 2020

Build your own Employee Engagement argument for free. You can’t go wrong

Here are three baskets full of concepts: Basket one: Working conditions, Flexibility at work, Pay and perks, Reward and recognition, […]

August 27th, 2020

Ad absurdum, but it may work

A man is walking alongside the road with a bag of rice and throwing rice outside the road. Another man […]

August 26th, 2020

An amazing new tool for the new business environment revealed.

Experiment. Not kidding. Once upon a time ‘experimenting’ was something that only scientists did. Most people would associate the word […]

August 25th, 2020

To be a better leader, take a holiday from yourself

The space of your Self is occupied. By you. This is good news and bad news. On one hand, you […]

August 24th, 2020

5 things very successful leaders have in common

1. They don’t read blogs entitled ‘5 things very successful leaders have in common’. 2. They don’t care about lists […]

August 21st, 2020

‘It looks like a Bell Curve. It must be an HR Performance Appraisal’. Not in this Century. Normal distributions are dead

Performance appraisal or performance management are one thing. Forced ranking into an artificial normal distribution of people in the organization, […]

August 19th, 2020

10 alternative questions on Culture and Engagement.

This is my alternative to the Gallup 12. You can develop a whole Organizational Development philosophy around these questions. These […]

August 17th, 2020

Performance Appraisals: the 5 reasons why it’s so hard to change them or get rid of them

Only when you see Performance Management as rituals, you can understand why we still do them in the same unchanged […]

August 15th, 2020

Organizational culture shaping. Structural changes hardly solve behavioural problems. It’s a trap.

Structural answers to organizational problems are very unlikely to succeed. Division A people don’t collaborate with Division B people, so […]

August 14th, 2020

Do you have a ‘Chaos Monkey’ in your management system? You should.

Many organizations have a Risk Management function of some sort. Often scattered amongst different constituencies: manufacturing, engineering, R&D etc. It […]

August 13th, 2020

All that must be spontaneous, must be engineered

OK, at least you’re reading. Thanks. The organization is a network. Networks have emergent properties. Translation: things come up from […]

August 12th, 2020

Peer-to-peer networks are the strongest force of action

Peer-to-peer work, transversal, spontaneous or not, collaboration, peer-to-peer influence, peer-to-peer activities of Viral Change™ champions or activists, all of this is […]

August 11th, 2020

In-company clicktivism, not an elevated form of engagement

Clicktivism is a form of digital /online engagement that requires the extraordinary effort of one of your fingers, possibly the […]

August 10th, 2020

Management is analogue. Communication is digital. Have two desks.

A book by ex-Microsoft researcher and now MIT prof Kentaro Toyama (Geek Heresy, 20015) is not precisely novel on the topic of […]

August 8th, 2020

Digital Transformation: the new clothes for the enterprise, and something fundamental is missing

An indepth analysis of the world of ‘Digital Transformation’ shows two things. One is that there is no such thing […]