Seven ways to become a better facilitator

Facilitation, like so many other things in the workplace, is something that an awful lot of people do but only a few do really well.  Most people can stand up in a room, slap a few post-it notes on the wall while the conversation goes on around them, and capture the outputs. And the truth … Continue reading Seven ways to become a better facilitator

Three things you can learn from cute labradors that will make you more successful at work

There’s a video doing the rounds on Twitter that you may have seen – over 14 million people have so far. BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter posted a clip of his two Labradors playing with a toy, overlaid with his trademark enthusiastic sports commentary describing the performance as he would an Olympic final. It’s hilarious … Continue reading Three things you can learn from cute labradors that will make you more successful at work

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

Five times when giving feedback is a bad idea

Feedback is important. It helps us understand how others see us and it’s one of the most obvious ways to improve performance. Most organisations recognise this and devote a lot of time and effort to improving their feedback capability and processes. After all, feedback is, famously, a gift. But like many gifts, it is not … Continue reading Five times when giving feedback is a bad idea

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

The robots are coming! Don’t panic, just make sure your people strategy is right

The automation of work is well underway, and the implications for the global workforce will ultimately be enormous. It is estimated that almost every role will be affected by automation, with perhaps 375m people globally needing to change their occupation as a result. CEOs are responding accordingly; 66% see the skills gap caused by automation as … Continue reading The robots are coming! Don’t panic, just make sure your people strategy is right

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

IBM think they know when your employees will leave. Eight things you should do next.

IBM hit the news this week when their CEO Ginny Rometty announced in an interviewthat they have developed an AI tool that can predict with 95% accuracy when employees are likely to leave. The tech giant, which employees 350,000 people globally, claims that this has helped them save $300m that the departures would otherwise have cost … Continue reading IBM think they know when your employees will leave. Eight things you should do next.