Middle managers: implementing strategy and leading change

They are the Mintzberg’s ‘middle line’, these men and women we rely upon to implement strategy and lead change.  They have the experience, ideas, networks (formal and informal) and continuity to translate a vision into action, to execute complex interdependent Read More…

Want a resolution? Keep things simple in 2016

You can do great things in 2016 if you don’t spread yourself too thin – so be ruthless and realistic about your goals! Source: www.hiveage.com With the New Year upon us, I am afraid I can guarantee you a few certainties to look forward to this year. Irrespective of Read More…

Building High Performance Cultures

Organisations are feeling the pressure to hold on to cost savings achieved over the last number of years whilst simultaneously increasing service impact or profit in a challenging economic environment. “You need to do more with less” is the mantra Read More…

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…