It seems fashionable at the moment to propose mindfulness as a solution to many of the ills of business. However, whilst mindfulness may help with managing distraction and finding inner peace, a focus on only the present is anathema to a successful business. So what is its place in a business environment? I became interested […]
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This is the time of year when many individuals set a resolution to change something in their lives. It may be a something like losing weight (simple in theory, if not in practice) or a more fundamental change in looking for a new job or changing the way they live. It’s remarkably hard to make […]
Matrix management often gets a bad press, with people citing an increase in bureaucracy, reduced clarity and delays in decision-making as common problems. However, the matrix is the organisation structure of choice for the world’s most successful organisations so it must bring some benefits. As well as the business benefits of increasing collaboration across the […]
I was working recently with a online business that has grown very fast. Many of the leaders have grown with it and find themselves at a relatively young age leading a multi-billion dollar business. Whilst they are all very proud of the success of the business, they are also aware that it has changed radically […]
I read an interesting blog post on whether Apple had outgrown its traditional organisational structure The article asks why Apple struggles to maintain focus on a full line of personal computers and PC peripherals, alongside its phones and tablets, following its apparent downgrading of some of these product areas. It recognizes the value of its […]
There have been several studies recently that reinforce the importance of multifunctional breadth in reaching the top in modern organisations. See my previous blog Matrix management is the secret to great leadership development? Such is the complexity and integration of these organizations, that it is hard to be successful at senior levels without a broad […]
I guess many of us have been reading recently about the rise of “post truth” politics. Post truth or post factual politics is defined by Wikipedia as “a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.” We […]
I’ve been reading a few blogs and articles recently about work automation. The consensus seems to be that this will soon have a major impact on employment, particularly in jobs which have traditionally been considered too highly skilled to be automated. Roles that are primarily about following rules and systems such as being an estate […]
A recent Harvard business review article Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them revisits the relatively high failure rate of transformation efforts reported by McKinsey, and proposes that leaders need to start by focusing less on their organizations and more on themselves. This is very evident in our work with senior groups leading […]
Matrix management often gets criticized for increasing complexity. Accountability without control, influence without authority and multiple team membership does have its challenges; but it looks like being exposed to these is the secret of a successful leadership career. A recent Harvard business review article quotes a Deloitte study of executives from more than 2,000 organisations. They […]
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