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  • This best kept, secret jumpstart, will save you months of pain in people, team reorg and alignment

    The following line will short cut months of (building) ‘alignment’, integration, reorganization, team building, coalition building, start-up get-to-know, redeployment of […]

  • Gene and Tony are coming next week

    If you work in a corporation with headquarters and affiliates, scattered in many places, or with international sites, you will […]

  • Reclaiming a concept that has lost weight in the business organization: vocation

    Vocation is often defined as ‘a strong feeling’ to do something, a job, a career, an occupation, to dedicate one’s […]

  • I want to import this ‘act of kindness’ into business life

    I know of a brilliant medical doctor who, in front of a worried patient, perhaps with some imaginary worries, perhaps […]

  • Write a script, not a strategic plan

    ‘A year from now, you are all here standing in front of the CEO and you say: we screwed up! […]

  • 10 reasons why leaders need to focus on the (un-managing of the) informal organization

    Our traditional management education has almost 100% focused on the formal organization, the structural fabric of teams, divisions, groups, committees […]

  • ‘Sceptical people and enemies of change need to be sidelined’. Really?

    We all have our share of ‘difficult people’. Conventional management of change has taught us that there is always going […]

  • Forgot to ask what motivates you (but we all people are the same, anyway)

    Organizational life can go on, driven by management, without asking people about their motivations. These are assumed in a rather […]

  • ‘Every Corpse on Everest was once an extremely motivated person’

    I don’t know where this comes from but it’s in posts and posters all over. It’s perhaps one of these […]

  • Employee satisfaction/engagement surveys: The Chicken Version. This is what they may look like with their eggs.

    Employee satisfaction/engagement surveys are a one way traffic systems. They are about what the company gives you, or does not. […]

  • What I really, really want?

    Somebody asked a group of senior IT people about to buy a whole new software infrastructure based on the ‘agile’ […]

  • Where is home? A serious management question to employees

    I am (in) IT, I work for X (company) I work for X (company), I am in IT These are […]

  • From protest to action, from voice to action. On TV and in the organization.

    Protests all over the world linked to a reason. Let’s take the Women’s march in January 21st In Washington. I […]

  • Thought leadership is making people think, or there is not much thought or leadership. Maybe journalistic leadership?

    True thought leadership is not about conveying new ideas, showing directions for innovation and offloading the latest trends. There is […]

  • Trust is (mostly) horizontal. Our organizations are (mostly) vertical. No wonder…

    ‘People like me’ is a category on its own right in the Edelman Trust Barometer. Multiple sets of data point […]

  • The ‘quick win-win’ theory, and tactics, often lead to people being put off quickly

    One of the most conventionally accepted theories of change, perhaps better called ‘tactics of change’, says that it is important […]

  • Give them an A. Then ask them to justify it.

    Wonderful orchestra conductor, music educator and leadership speaker, Ben Zander, used to explain how he gives his music students an […]

  • Much that looks sexual, hides deeper truths about human relationships. So we must travel behind the headlines to make sense.

    When in the not too distant future, cultural digital archaeologists will dig into the remains of the legacy of sexual […]

  • The secret of success revealed. The PC answer is passion. The prosaic truth is hard work.

    I’ve written many times: passion is overrated. Of course I am pushing the envelop with this. Passion is the fuel. […]

  • I am going to vote vs. will you please vote. The organizational lessons from political campaigning (and a pinch of behavioural economics)

    Tried and tested in political marketing/mobilization/campaigning, many times, that ‘intention to vote’ increases the probability of other people voting by […]

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    June 6th, 2023

    Culture change is not long and difficult. But we make it so…

    I suppose the question is how long is long and how difficult is difficult? In general, business and organizational consulting have […]

    May 19th, 2023

    Value is an overused term in business and, as such, it’s becoming meaningless

    Value, as usually used, means transactional monetary value. Usually it doesn’t mean intrinsic value, or value per se. For example, […]

    May 4th, 2023

    The importance of ‘critical thinking.’ Your own critical thinking is more effective at making your workplace better than any generic employee survey.

    Build your own Employee Engagement argument for free. You can’t go wrong. Here are three baskets full of concepts: Basket […]

    April 21st, 2023

    ´Busy-Ness’ Is A Trap

    I went to a big conference where I was introduced by the chairman like this: “Welcome everybody. Lovely to have […]

    April 14th, 2023

    Training and culture change. The love affair that ends in tears.

    It seems to be very hard for people to get away from the idea that if we just put individuals […]

    April 11th, 2023

    Teamocracies and Networkracies have different citizens: in-Habitants in team-work, riders in net-work

    The old view of the organization is something close to the old concept of a medieval city, where citizenship was […]

    April 5th, 2023

    3 Ways To Get Approval From Your CEO Or Your Leadership Team

    Way number 1: My team has developed these three options, A, B and C. Which one do you want us […]

    March 29th, 2023

    A Cheat Sheet To Create A Social Movement Tip = to shape organizational culture since both are the same.

    Mobilizing people. This is another of the Holy Grails (how many have I said we have?) in management. Whether you […]

    March 16th, 2023

    Critical Thinking Self-Test: A 10 Point Health Check For Your Organization And Yourself. If any of these are a good picture of your organization, you need to put ‘critical thinking’ in the water supply.

    Test yourself, and your organization. Do any of these apply? Doing lots, too fast without thinking. High adrenaline, not sure […]

    March 9th, 2023

    A culture of safety or a culture of training in safety?

    Cultures are created by behaviours becoming the norm. Safety is at the core of many industries. Significant budgets are allocated […]

    March 2nd, 2023

    Empowerment is an output. If you can visualize it, you can craft it.

    The real question is, what do you want to see happening so that you can say ‘people are empowered’? Employee […]

    February 24th, 2023

    A simple question will jumpstart your organization into change. It will also save you from months of pain spent reorganizing your people and teams.

    The following line will short-cut months of (building) ‘alignment’, integration, reorganization, team building, coalition building, and any situation in which Peter, […]

    February 20th, 2023

    Lead Via Peer-To-Peer Networks – If you don’t lead via peer-to-peer networks, you’re only driving your car in first gear.

    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 the […]

    February 7th, 2023

    Write a script, not a strategic plan

    If you care about the journey and the place, you need a story. If you have a good, compelling one, […]

    January 26th, 2023

    3 self-sabotaging mechanisms in organizations

    Organizations, like organisms, have embedded mechanisms of survival, of growth and also of self-sabotage. These are 3 self-sabotage systems to […]

    January 10th, 2023

    Who should be involved in culture change? All inclusive versus going where the energy is.

    Many times, in my consulting work, I find myself facing a dilemma: Do I involve many people on the client’s […]

    December 23rd, 2022

    Tell what won’t change – Introducing 1 of my 40 rules of change

    In any change programme that any organization wants to start, they will start by thinking of the things that they […]

    December 16th, 2022

    Scale It – Introducing 1 of my 40 rules of change

    When creating effective change in any organization, there are 40 rules that, in my experience, are the key between success […]

    December 5th, 2022

    Assets & Strengths Base – Introducing 1 of my 40 rules of change

    For more than 30 years I have been involved in ‘change’ in organizations. Again and again, some fundamental principles, and often […]

    November 25th, 2022

    Campaign It… is 1 of my 40 rules of change

    When you filter out the noise, when you try to extract the core, the fundamentals, those ‘universal rules’ of change […]

    October 31st, 2022

    Hybrid or not hybrid? That’s not the question…

    Culture is the new workplace If you want to have a conversation about the future of work, the nature of […]

    October 24th, 2022

    ‘Powered by Viral Change™’: A Social Transformation Platform for the organization of the 21st Century

    When we started to work on Viral Change™, as a way to create large scale behavioural and cultural change, and […]

    October 14th, 2022

    Corporate tribes, intellectual ghettos and open window policies

    We talk a lot about silos in organizations usually in the context of Business Units or divisions. But these are not […]

    October 7th, 2022

    Peer Networks are the strongest force of action inside the organization

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

    September 30th, 2022

    Change that doesn’t deliver change-ability is a waste

    The traditional model of change is the one I call ‘destination’ type, that is, how to go from A to […]

    September 23rd, 2022

    Company structures: aggregate and disaggregate

    New organizations, and old ones in the business of transforming themselves, would be better off learning by heart these two […]

    September 15th, 2022

    3 Self-Sabotaging Mechanisms in Organizations

    Organizations, like organisms, have embedded mechanisms of survival, of growth and also of self-sabotage. These are 3 self-sabotage systems to […]

    September 2nd, 2022

    The best organizational model is to have more than one under the same roof

    Command and control management has fewer friends, and it’s quite terminally ill as well. The heirs are fighting for a piece […]

    August 26th, 2022

    Unprecedented Times? Sure. Let’s Move On Please.

    Somewhere in the post-Covid peak, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to pay attention anymore to anything that starts with […]

    August 19th, 2022

    Engagement, Empowerment and Ownership Culture Meet at One Single Point. Obvious, Simple and Incredibly Forgotten

    Employee engagement efforts, ownership values and empowerment behaviours must meet at one point. It’s simple, not terribly controversial, based upon […]