This Is Why Wicked Problems Require Radical Solutions

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away… Shell Oil, the Catholic Church and the Communist Party represented an organizational reality that was fairly predictable – one where executives, priests and party chiefs could set objectives and manage in a way to get them achieved. If it’s planned, it’ll happen.  Or so…

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This Is Why You Should Keep Wasting Your Time

Je ne parle pas anglais – the short bark I got every time I asked a train attendant for help.  I’d flown into Paris a week earlier and even managed to find my way into the city center, despite a city-wide transport strike.  But this was a whole new animal.  One which required help.  Looking to secure…

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How to Make a Brain Light Up Like Las Vegas: The Ass-Kicking Power of a Good Story

Love him or hate him, US president number 44 was very different from the one that came before him.  And I’m not talking about the color of his skin. Something happened at the beginning of his first term that prompted President Obama to publicly apologize.  It was then that I realized this guy was not…

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HOW TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE WITHOUT THE JEDI MIND SHIT

“The key to getting your employees to give high performance is to understand what motivates them.” – Chris Roebuck, author Lead to Succeed.   FACT OR ALTERNATIVE FACT?   Is this one man’s opinion or is it the truth? Consider these 3 observable facts on motivation and decide for yourself – There’s a strong and clear link…

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How to Regain Your Balance and Perform at Your Very Best

What is really going on? Without a doubt, life can be crazy. At times it feels like the walls are closing in around you – work is out of control and your personal commitments are exploding… However, could there be something else going on with you? Is there an inner conflict that needs to be resolved?…

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How to Build Trust in Zero-Trust Environment

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To Be or Not to Be: How to Verify Your Talent with Confidence

“I believe every artist had someone who told them they were dirt and someone who told them that they were the second coming of the baby Jesus, and they believed ‘em both”. – Bruce Springsteen BBC Radio 4 Springsteen’s observation got me thinking… Is this paradox limited to artists? I don’t think so. Here’s why…

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How To Make The BIG LEAP From Good To Great

Do you work for a great company? If so, what makes it great? If no, what prevents it from being so? Do its other stakeholders feel the same as you (employees, customers, suppliers)? As an independent contractor, I get to choose the organizations I work for.  In theory, at least. The truth is, I’ve worked…

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How to Ask Powerful Questions that Lead to the Right Results

Want to show your superiors that you’re a STRATEGIC THINKER? Want to motivate your direct reports to bring their BEST PERFORMANCE? When speaking to a key customer, want to get the RIGHT INFORMATION? If you answered yes to any of these, you need to start asking the right questions.  Not just any questions.  Powerful questions…

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The Cult of Productivity: Why Self-Improvement Is a Slippery Slope (& What NOT TO DO About It!)

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Robert Levine Do you ever feel like time is slipping out of your control? And as a result, you have to make the best possible use of your limited time? Or that working more efficiently is the only way to tackle…

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New Challenge in New Landscape: How to Lead in 2017 & Beyond

Terra Incognita “…they also will, like consultants, encounter situations where they will not know what to do.” In Humble Consulting (2016) Edgar Schein points out that leaders and managers at all levels need to adopt the role of Humble Consultant. That is, someone who approaches the complex and messy situations of their people and organizations with…

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Why You Should Make Simple Rules (& How to Do It!)

After 22 years as a professional (internal employee, external consultant, everything in between), I have a developed a theory: LESS IS MORE. So you can imagine my joy when I came across Goffee and Jones’s 6th key attribute in Why Should Anyone Work Here?: What It Takes to Create an Authentic Organization. If you missed them, here…

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