Author Archives: Colin

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…

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…

The rules of business are shifting

Did you notice the shift beginning? It’s like the first crack in the ice-shelf that begins the process that leads eventually to the collapse into the sea. A loud noise rents the air but nothings seems to have happened. The only trace is a small fissure. You wondered if anything happened at all. On August […] Read More…

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…