How to increase collaboration when people don’t want to collaborate

The business case for collaboration is clear The pace of societal and technological change makes the ability to collaborate with peers and partners imperative. Organisations and individuals that try and do otherwise will not survive. 90% of the information in the world today has been generated in the last two years. Hoarding data or expecting … Continue reading How to increase collaboration when people don’t want to collaborate

Four reasons not to care what Google have learned about good management

It’s that time of year again. Google, one of the world’s biggest and most profitable companies, has published what it has learned about good management. As per previous years, this has generated lots of excitable commentary about what we in turn can learn from the hyper-successful company. And as per previous years, it’s a pointless … Continue reading Four reasons not to care what Google have learned about good management

Three things to talk about when you talk about culture

Everyone is talking about workplace culture. It's a hot topic, and most leaders or Board members are required to have a view on the subject. But just as culture is crucial, so is it widely misunderstood. “Culture” is an amorphous concept. There is no universally agreed definition, for example.  The primacy of culture over other … Continue reading Three things to talk about when you talk about culture

Six questions to ask your CHRO about your culture

It hardly needs saying that organisational culture is critically important. The recent Banking Royal Commission highlighted this, major fund managers such as State Street are making it a key investment criterion, and very few boards will not have it on their agenda. The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry … Continue reading Six questions to ask your CHRO about your culture

Does your organisation need a Head of Connections?

The value of a strong network of contacts and a collaborative approach to work has never been higher. Few people would instinctively argue otherwise, and there is a significant body of research that demonstrates the impact on business performance. Yet most organisations do little to enable this and activity is often fragmented and piecemeal, not … Continue reading Does your organisation need a Head of Connections?

Want to understand your leadership shadow? Ask a Danish politician

One of the biggest transitions leaders have to make is the shift from being an individual person to becoming a job title and a brand – the impact of managing people you seldom see or might never meet. This can have complicated and unexpected implications, as an example this week in the Danish parliament vividly … Continue reading Want to understand your leadership shadow? Ask a Danish politician

You’re almost certainly thinking about your engagement survey the wrong way

Image by Matt Botsford on Unsplash Let’s start with some questions about employee engagement: How do you define “engagement” within your organisation? What model do you use to measure it? Do you prefer global or industry-specific benchmarks? These are questions that many HR functions wrestle with, and there is an industry valued at over $1.5bndedicated to … Continue reading You’re almost certainly thinking about your engagement survey the wrong way

Let your customers teach you how to lead

As the Australian Banking Royal Commission has shown, the disconnect between many banks and their customers has seldom looked more jarring. For months during the rounds of hearing we were stuck in a repeat cycle, listening to endless stories of staff putting sales targets ahead of customer interests.  The final report, published on 1 February 2019 has made … Continue reading Let your customers teach you how to lead

Five things Elon Musk can teach you about leadership

Few CEOs are as visible as Elon Musk. With this high profile comes a big reputation, and this, like so much else that surrounds the man, is polarised. Depending on your position he might be a charismatic visionary and inspirational leader; or he could be a loose cannon who can’t control his emotions and is … Continue reading Five things Elon Musk can teach you about leadership