How to Ride the Crest of the Digital Business Wave

EMC’s CEO Joe Tucci recently remarked that, “the transition to an ever more connected world, brought on by the Internet of Things (IOT) is a huge digital wave crashing down upon business as usual. Businesses must decide whether they want to Read More…

Are you a Data Structure Scientist?

OK so what’s a data structure scientist I hear you ask! Yes, we have all heard of that “sexy” data scientist role but perhaps never of the data structure scientist. You might imagine it to be a role demanding significant Read More…

Can we work together or are we all crazy?

  Collaboration is at the foundation of modern business, but is not as easy as it looks. Embedded behaviours, social rules and a number of psychological phenomena make collaborating a delicate balance between task and relationships. Below are a few Read More…

People: their capabilities, behaviours and beliefs

Olive Fives is an innovative and successful organisational development consultant with experience in a wide variety of public, private and third sector organisations in Ireland, Europe and India. She delivers the module HR Management in the IMI Diploma in Management.  Read More…

Authenticity – Solid or Veneer?

The cover story of the January issue of HBR caught my attention. This article was titled “The Authenticity Paradox” by Herminia Ibarra. As an executive coach the subject of authentic leadership is of real interest to me as it is Read More…

The habit of changing habits

A few years ago, I discovered the one single factor which has the highest impact on the relationship between effective management practice and emotional intelligence competences:  ‘A manager’s ability to change habits with ease.’ While the discovery in itself is certainly Read More…

Language and leadership

  Imagine practising medicine without knowing the language of medicine, including terminology and informal jargon. Surgeons, doctors, nurses and other specialists wouldn’t be able to make clear diagnosis. Communication in any clear way with peers and patients would be unworkable. Read More…

Leadership: What we know about what it takes

A second Friday blog round-up – this time on Leadership.   It’s been one of our most popular topics – with contributions from some very different viewpoints…. We have seen the often-overlooked emotional side of leadership… EQ Does Matter? How Read More…