Friends at work

Do you have friends at work? It’s kind of nice, isn’t it?  When I started in work back in the 80s, work was very much a social place. By that I mean there was a lot of social interaction, as well as the fact that socialising with your colleagues being encouraged. I made friends there […] Read More…

Let’s de-crapify work

For too many people, work is crap. That’s why the levels of employee engagement are pitifully low, why the majority of employees would change job tomorrow if a better opportunity arose and why the workplace is awash with apathy.  Too many work environments are toxic and harming the people in them, which is why – […] Read More…

There is no operating system for business

It’s not surprising that in this in this age of technological revolution, many people reach for metaphors based on the invention of the age, the computer. They talk about ‘rebooting the system’, ‘installing new software’ and ‘re-programming’ things (sometimes, rather chillingly, they mean the people). They are trying to get across complex ideas in a […] Read More…

Ceci n’est pas une organisation (or why change programmes aren’t working)

This is a famous painting by Renee Magritte of a pipe, that carries the legend ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (This is not a pipe). Well, it’s not, it’s a painting of a pipe. In fact, it’s a painting of a thing we call ‘a pipe’. The thing is what we put tobacco in and […] Read More…

To change your work place, start with yourself

This is not going to be one of those empty exhortations to grasp control of your destiny by getting off your arse and taking massive action.  Nor is it going to imply that the you are to blame for the unsatisfactory job in an unsatisfactory organisation that you find yourself in. But if you are […] Read More…

Extinction Rebellion – the model for business to follow

Extinction Rebellion are a scourge for business, aren’t they? Blocking up the capital, disrupting people’s lives, causing business unnecessary delays and costs. What possible good can come from them? Well, for those businesses that know they need to change but aren’t sure how, Extinction Rebellion could just provide the answer. In fact, if they stopped […] Read More…

Dead zones or killing fields?

It’s been apparent for a while now that the structure of many organisations is one of the causes of the disfunctionality and toxicity that seems to characterise the workplace today. These structures are essentially the same as the ones created during the industrial revolution, designed to meet the needs of the machine age. It doesn’t […] Read More…

Teams are the beating heart

I’ve come to the conclusion that organisations are really just a collection of teams, and successful organisations a collection of successful teams. It could be the ‘leadership team’ or a product teams, or a software team or an event team. At every level and in every way, the success is delivered by teams. It’s teams […] Read More…

Are you listening actively?

Leaders and managers are often encouraged to practice ‘active listening’ in order to build their emotional intelligence, get a greater understanding the people they are working with and be better at leading and managing them. It’s a key part of coaching, too, which is something else leaders and managers are being encouraged to do.  The […] Read More…

Leadership is not a thing

If I ask you to explain what leadership is, it sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? Go on, then. Answer it. You’ll probably start to think about leaders that you have worked with, the people who led the organisation that you have worked in, or with. Perhaps you’ll think of iconic political leaders like […] Read More…