This was first published here on 28 January 2015 It is many years since the management guru Tom Peters pronounced: “Innovate or die,” yet its relevance is more important than ever. Have you bought car, life or home insurance recently, or perhaps used the internet to buy Christmas presents? If you did, the odds are that you […]
First published in Huffington Post on 27th January 2015. Lessons from water and lemons: Open Innovation Elementary There was a time when the people believed that cholera was transmitted through the air. This belief was very strongly held, even when the evidence was overwhelming it was transmitted through water. Many people died unnecessarily as a result. The […]
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
First published in HR Bullets on 7th January 2015. Productively lazy? You could be forgiven for thinking that we in the UK are a lazy bunch. The bank-run on Northern Rock in 2007 heralded the start of the Great Recession and since then labour productivity in the United Kingdom has been remarkably weak. Whole economy output per […]
This is a wonderful advert and sums up the experience of many managers we have met ‘it’s like herding cats’…
We found ourselves chuckling with embarrassed laughter at this clip, it was a little too close for comfort, years ago it could have been us. Fortunately we’ve moved on and our team development is business focused, results driven and very, very, productive.
It’s not about teamwork Can you believe it? They had promised the customer they would get the work done and they hadn’t done it. As one of the partners in the business, I soaked up the criticism from the customer and accepted blame and promised to get it sorted. I listened with boredom to the […]
There is a time and place for teamwork and this video shows why there are such instances where maybe things are better off being completed by individuals rather than the team…