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

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

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

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

Time for HR to set the tone and lead on risk culture

As the Australian Royal Commission into Banking dramatically highlighted, there has seldom been more focus on how organisations and their employees manage risk. This means that defining, reinforcing and measuring the organisation’s risk culture is a strategic priority for senior leaders and their Boards. What has generated fewer headlines is the opportunity, if not the … Continue reading Time for HR to set the tone and lead on risk culture

Four unusual ways to improve your employees’ performance

Human Resources as a discipline has a pretty poor reputation, and in many organisations the function seems to exist largely to keep employees in the money and out of court.  It can sometimes be easy to forget that one of the most important roles of HR is to maximise employee performance. That’s what all the … Continue reading Four unusual ways to improve your employees’ performance