Tag Archives: Organisations

To change your work place, start with yourself

This is not going to be one of those empty exhortations to grasp control of your destiny by getting off your arse and taking massive action.  Nor is it going to imply that the you are to blame for the unsatisfactory job in an unsatisfactory organisation that you find yourself in. But if you are […] Read More…

Extinction Rebellion – the model for business to follow

Extinction Rebellion are a scourge for business, aren’t they? Blocking up the capital, disrupting people’s lives, causing business unnecessary delays and costs. What possible good can come from them? Well, for those businesses that know they need to change but aren’t sure how, Extinction Rebellion could just provide the answer. In fact, if they stopped […] Read More…

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…

Teams are the beating heart

I’ve come to the conclusion that organisations are really just a collection of teams, and successful organisations a collection of successful teams. It could be the ‘leadership team’ or a product teams, or a software team or an event team. At every level and in every way, the success is delivered by teams. It’s teams […] 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…

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…

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…