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
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
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 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
You’ve almost certainly got some red clothes somewhere in your wardrobe. But there’s a large body of research that suggests when we wear red we send out very specific messages, consciously or not, to the opposite sex. And that means you need to think twice before pulling on a red outfit and heading into the office; it’s almost certainly not a good idea.
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
Israel Folau’s recent dismissal as a result of his provocative tweets has generated a fierce and polarising debate. Sidestepping the specific facts about Folau’s case, the issue raises key questions for leaders about how to balance encouraging employees to be themselves when doing so can offend others. Increasingly many employers will tell you that they … Continue reading Israel Folau and the trouble with bringing your whole self to work
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?
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
Cocktails, time and money are all you need to make a difference. But for really high-impact leadership development you need to focus on the Rule of Thirds and nine key elements. There’s not a single competitive advantage any organisation has that doesn’t ultimately stem from decisions or actions taken by its people. And the biggest … Continue reading Good leadership development is easy. Great is not