Category Archives: Corporate Values

Taking personal responsibility – a too rare leadership quality

A few years ago I was asked to produce a high impact presentation on the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the organisation’s leadership capability. The presentation would be used to introduce a facilitated discussion on leadership at their annual … Continue reading

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‘Tell me’ versus ‘show me’ – overcoming the limitations of the spoken word.

Sally Magnusson’s book Where Memories Go is the story of her mother’s fight to retain her grip on her articulate self. Mamie Baird Magnusson was regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation. Her daughter’s book combines an … Continue reading

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Being innovative is not limited to innovators.

This is a slight reinvention of an idea proposed in a book I have just finished reading: “Without Their permission” (subtitle: “How the 21st Century will be Made not Managed”) by Alexis Ohanian – co-founder of Reddit.com. 16 months after … Continue reading

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Can large corporations ever match the transparency of a start-up?

I may be naïve. Indeed I’m regularly accused of it, but I’d love to work for an organisation where employees are rewarded for speaking up and championing their beliefs rather than one where they sit tight and wait to see … Continue reading

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How far can you trust anonymous feedback?

I’ve been reading about Memo – “the anonymous app that could revolutionize the workplace” launched at the tail end of 2014 and it’s already creating a bit of a stir in some business and technology editorials. “Memo is an app … Continue reading

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Lessons in Leadership.

So, you’ve recently been appointed CEO to one of the largest multinational organisations in the world. You operate in every corner of the globe, but your HQ is in Europe where the numbers reveal a serious downward trend. Worse, the … Continue reading

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Onboarding: start by getting the basics right.

I’m currently taking a fresh look at how to make our induction / onboarding process more effective. Among the many questions I’m considering, here are three that I keep coming back to: At what point in the recruitment / onboarding … Continue reading

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