• When managing an organization’s internal complexity, is a greater problem than managing the complexity of the environment.

    Extracts taken from my new book ‘The Flipping Point‘. A flipping point in the trend for adopting absurd management ideas needs […]

  • Organizational Decluttering: A crusade in waiting that may need you as leader

    Einstein said, “I soon learned to scent out what was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from […]

  • Organizations: The Enemy Within (1/3). There is no ‘war on talent’

    When years ago McKinsey consultants produced a book entitled “The war for talent”, they successfully created the impression that talent […]

  • 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 […]

  • The garbage collection problem (in organizations)

    Analogy stolen from the brilliant The Systems Bible (John Gall, 2003). We tend to look at problems from the angles […]

  • We are all traders of comfort, no matter the degree of uncertainty in our worlds

    A specialist nephrologist I know well says to me: I get very nervous with all this heart stuff, I don’t […]

  • ‘Problem Three’ appears when we treat complexity with more complexity. Many organizations breed it. The UK NHS is caught in it.

    At some point of the organization’s growth, complexity kicks in. Before that threshold, you had two problems: managing growth and […]

  • If you marry a summary, you’ll breed bullet points. Life becomes much easier, if hardily real.

    ‘The exercise was very rich, everybody participated deeply, the walls were full of flipcharts with stuff. So may ideas floating […]

  • 10 ways to fool everybody as an organization expert. They guarantee some attention and all have been tried and tested, somewhere.

    These 10 positions provide organizational solutions with guarantee of some good reception. All of them are ‘possible’. If you want […]

  • Q: ‘What’s the best innovation in Medicine in recent years? A: ‘The chair’

    That’s how Gregorio Maranon put it. Maranon (1887-1960) was a Spanish physician of the ‘humanistic school’. Meaning, more than a […]

  • “There are two types of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data sets”

    What type are you? How our mental models work is part of the Minimal Introspection, something we tend to overlook, […]

  • Organizational Decluttering: A crusade in waiting that may need you as leader

    Einstein said, “I soon learned to scent out what was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from […]

  • ‘Grasps the facts, misses the meaning’: The Leadership Dyslexia upon us

    Did we ever, ever have more facts around us? Certainly not. We talk about Big Data. It is of course […]

  • The company that gets better and better after disruption, disorder or chaos.

    Nassim Taleb Antifragile concept is perhaps one of the most attractive frames (conceptual, philosophical, practical) we have had recently. By […]

  • The cost of doing something versus the cost of not doing it. The second half is often missing.

    Confronted with options and strategies, the cost of doing things is very often the first thing that comes to our […]

  • Chose your problems, before they chose you. We never solve problems; it’s a question of working on the best trade off.

    Since we never solve problems completely, only make tradeoffs between them, it would be good to choose problems before they […]

  • Pilot or pastor? From the No-nonsense Francis School of Leadership

    Pope Francis has done it again. I mean, his probably weekly plain English (well, Italian or Spanish) bit of nudging […]

  • Mathematize: the 9 things you need to know about things that start with numbers

    Mathematizable thinking is like soldiers building a frontier with razor wired walls. There is an enclosed world and a world […]

  • If skimming is the new reading, critical thinking in organizations will become even harder. Start your own ‘Read-it-all-Movement’.

    There are plenty of studies trying to figure out the differences between digital reading and reading a (physical ) book, […]

  • Richard Branson says ‘Complexity is our enemy’. He is wrong. The only enemy of complexity is in our minds’ inability to manage it.

    I am following up on the themes of the last days and, in particular, yesterday’s Thought The organization? It may […]

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    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 […]

    August 12th, 2022

    Employee Engagement and the Productivity Magnet

    For me, the most damaging use of the employee engagement framework is the widespread one that states that ‘engagement’ predicts […]