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Fortune doesn’t favour the brave…

A week or so ago I was reading an excellent blog by David D' Souza, in which David shared his 10 ‘golden nuggets’ , his personal list of inspirational thoughts that had served him so well, so far in his life and particularly his career.

Article by 24 February 2014


Change – Is it worth it?

I was fortunate to hear Rita Gunther McGrath speak about 'The end of competitive advantage' recently in a talk that both excited and scared me. The central theme was that the days of finding 'sustainable competitive advantage' are long gone and that companies will need to behave in a very different way to survive. That scares me because I don't see many organisations doing a good job of delivering change. I'm not basing this on Kotter's statistics on how many change initiatives fail, I'm basing this on what I see around me in organisations and on the stories I hear every day.

Article by 24 February 2014


Thoughtful Leadership: When The Whole Is a Greater Than The Sum of the Parts

The recent appointment of Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft didn’t catch many talent watchers by surprise. Late last year, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer discretely announced in a meeting with analysts that Microsoft had already found their new leader. Given no major resignations or announcements had been made, other than to end speculation first, over ex-HP head Mark Hurd, and then Ford CEO Alan Mulally shortly before Christmas, the smart money was on an internal appointment.

Article by 11 February 2014


Confessions of a retention expert

Earlier in my career I had a large number of job titles in a short time. It's worth charting those job titles to show how one company's thinking grew and changed - changes that are now represented, to a greater or lesser degree, across different companies. So my story of honest confessions of my time as a 'retention expert' commence...

Article by 11 February 2014


Safety in Numbers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) started a campaign called "Mythbusters" as a direct result of the constant criticism of their area of expertise and now maintains a web page which details some of the alleged Health & Safety issues they have resolved after being contacted by (no doubt astounded) members of the public. You really should go and have a look, there are some absolute crackers

Article by 10 February 2014


Change Management – 5 minutes at a time

I don't know about you but I am a bit jaded by these 2 words in combination. I don't get all animated when they're used but I don't exactly get fired up buy them though. The words Social Business I get all fired up about but that's probably a future blog as to why that is. Change Management leaves me a bit cold.

Article by 7 February 2014


Change – friend or foe?

How do you feel when you hear the words ‘change management’? How do you feel when you hear the word ‘change’? I don’t know about you but when I hear the first, it makes my heart sink. It feels cumbersome, laborious, painful – I’m being done-to.

Article by 6 February 2014


Changing Pains

A number of years ago I was pulled into one of those "fun" group exercises with a very serious message, you may have played it. Asked to stand in two lines with your back to your partner, we were first each asked to make 3 changes about our dress, the game then being to turn and spot the changes your partner made.

Article by 3 February 2014