Tag Archives: Values

Working on my Why

If, like me,  you are a fan of Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why and his idea of the Golden Circle, you will be familiar with the concept of understanding your Why.  If you aren’t, then check out Simon’s hugely popular Ted talk or his Start with Why website. I have been using Simon’s online […] Read More…

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…

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…

The Why of Digital

The digital revolution is dramatically affecting our personal and professional lives with both positive and negative effects. Whilst the effects are hard to predict and difficult to control but we can, and should, focus on the outcomes that we want to maximise. We have to decide what the point of digital is, decide why we […] Read More…

On Marketing

A year or so into my career at BT, I decided I would study Marketing. I thought it might be useful as we moved into a deregulated market and competitive environment (this was some time ago – my diploma was from the plain old Institute of Marketing, before it became Chartered). I loved it. It […] Read More…

Why Product Managers are ‘environmentalists’

No, I don’t mean that they are all eco-warriors, climate activists, tree-huggers or sandal-wearers (although I suspect many are  of a greenish-hue, methodically sorting out the rubbish into the correct bins every week and buying their friends goats for Christmas). I am not referring to the general environment. I mean the specific environment that is […] Read More…