What’s your problem?

There are five steps to solving a problem and most people don’t manage to take the first one. That’s why they get stuck in the same situation, because they are failing to address and solve their problems. You see, the first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that you have the problem in […] Read More…

The two-edged sword of tech

We all know that technology is transforming the world of work, in terms of where, when, how we work, the type of work we do and the way that we are organised to do work. This change is profound but is it a positive or negative? Technology is, in itself, neutral. It’s how we choose […] Read More…

We need leaders, not managers

In a recent interview, Seth Godin stated that Managers are a dying breed and that what we need are more leaders.  His point is that if someone can give you instructions on how to do your job then it is capable of being automated away and as managers essentially give the instructions, their role becomes […] Read More…

Why do we work?

A long time ago I wrote a blog about what we get from work, as I was trying to make sense of the transition from employment to working for myself. I came up with this list (in no particular order): Financial Reward Connection Belonging Identity Status Structure Activity Information Feedback Purpose Opportunity When we are […] Read More…

The innovation conundrum

“You must innovate to survive” has become something of a truism in today’s business environment and yet many companies and large organisations are hopeless at innovation. It doesn’t matter how much the leadership team say they are going to innovate or how many team away days, corporate hack-a-thons, suggestion boxes or way-out schemes they try, […] Read More…

Leaders everywhere

We tend to look upwards for leaders, don’t we? I mean, that’s where they, at the top of organisations, isn’t it? Heading up companies, schools, political parties, charities, councils, the NHS, the CBI – well, the government and the country (hello, ma’am). But actually, I think leaders are all around us. They are everywhere, and […] Read More…