I don’t want to be happy

There’s a lot of talk today about happiness in work. Organisations are urged to make their staff because happy people are more productive and happy businesses perform better. Individuals are told to follow their passion, to pursue happiness because they will be more successful doing something that makes them happy. There are any number of […] Read More…

10 reasons why I love the Business Model Canvas

I love the Business Model Canvas*. I know it’s a bit sad but ever since I first saw it in the book “Business Model Generation”, I have been besotted. It  just fits the way that I see things, the way that I think about businesses. As a tool, I’ve used it** with businesses of all […] Read More…

An experiment in vulnerability

I have started another blog. It’s an experiment in ‘Working out loud’, which is to share what you are doing and thinking so that others can add their comments, share relevant information, give you advice and generally help you get ‘the work’ done. The idea is that you are tapping into the collective intelligence of […] Read More…

Why you shouldn’t aim for disruptive innovation

It’s the thing every Silicon Valley startup is aiming for. It’s the game-changer that’s going to turbo-charge their idea. It’s the thing that every CEO dreams of, part-nightmare, part-bliss. But can you really make it happen? As this article by Soren Kaplan explains, it’s not a new concept. Schumpeter coined the term ‘creative destruction’ back […] Read More…

What does collaboration mean to you?

Collaboration has become a bit of a buzz word, often presented as a panacea for many organisational ills, or a magic ingredient for a would-be entrepreneur. It is frequently bandied around as a desirable goal and ‘a good thing’. But for whom? And what exactly are we talking about? When some people say ‘collaboration’ what […] Read More…

Why should we change our organisations?

There are many sound and compelling business reasons why we should be rehumanising our organisations, putting the people upfront and central to the whole enterprise. When you give people a purpose to work, treat them as whole human beings and trust them with the freedom and autonomy to decide for themselves what to do, there […] Read More…

What organisations really think about their people

“Our people are our greatest asset” is a familiar statement that has escaped the lips of numerous CEOs and organisational leaders. It’s normally met with a sneering retort from said ‘greatest assets’ of “Oh yeah, like @*&! we are”. Sometimes, it is an insincere platitude and deserving of such scorn. Often, however, it is said […] Read More…

Changing organisations from the inside out

Most organisational change projects fail to deliver the desired outcomes. Many transformations fall short of their goals. A couple of years after they have ‘delivered’ it is often found that many of the old cultural values, behaviours and hierarchies have reasserted themselves. The reason for this is that these projects are applied to the mechanics […] Read More…