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  Daily Thoughts

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 […]

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 […]