Tag Archives: People

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…

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…

Your happy isn’t my happy

Sometimes you hear something that is so obvious you wonder what planet you’ve been on all your life not to have realised this yourself.  I recently read an interview with Professor Jochen Menges, in which he talked about this thing he has called ‘Emotional Diversity’. As he explained it, “ ‘Happy’ means different things to […] Read More…

How to be a brilliant leader

I’ve never been on a Leadership course so I have just made it up as I went along. I never really aspired to be a ‘leader’, I wasn’t that interested in climbing  the greasy pole, I just wanted to get things done and make stuff happen. I found out very quickly that you need to […] Read More…

The secret to building a successful business

We know that business life has got more demanding in recent years, as the pace of change gets ever greater and traditional models are disrupted. Companies need to be more agile, flexible, dynamic, responsive, creative, innovative and resilient to survive and grow. They often look to startups, where they perceive the qualities exist, and try […] Read More…

Old enough to tie our own shoelaces

I am very excited by the idea of self-managing organisations. The evidence is that they are more successful, more profitable, more innovative, more adaptable, more resilient than conventionally-structured ones. They are happier, more creative places for people to work and people have higher levels of engagement, a greater sense of belonging and purpose and higher […] Read More…

Our six core needs

If you’ve ever worked in a cubicle farm, surrounded by beige and grey, starved of daylight and penned in like sheep, you’ll know that office design has an impact of how you feel and how you work. Now, Herman Miller, who hosted the excellent workshop “The Art and Science of Wellbeing” that I wrote about […] 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…

Making meetings effective

I’m a big fan of meetings. Well run, effective meetings, that is. Too often meeting are poorly run and a waste of time but that’s no reason to abandon what can be a powerful tool for communication. This topic came up the other day over pizza with a couple of friends, one of whom was […] Read More…