Objectives are Little Understood

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but very few managers get objectives right.  And it is not the manager’s fault. Source: www.chipscholz.com The fault lies with the old rule that objectives must be SMART as in Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Read More…

Is your business ‘Data Savvy’?

There is an estimate that for every one data scientist there is a need for ten data savvy managers in today’s economy. Reason being, that pretty much all managers need to build their own personal data capabilities to stay relevant Read More…

Are you enabling people to trust you?

Working with managers at different levels and in many industries, I consistently get asked various questions on how to manage better. One that surfaces most often, especially in large organisations is “ How can I trust my team to do Read More…

The Big Short – how our decisions are nudged

When faced with a decision, we all believe we are weighing the facts objectively and making rational, thoughtful decisions. Source: www.economist.com In fact, science tells us that in situations requiring careful judgment, every individual is influenced by his or her Read More…

Over-engineered organisations are disempowering people

  How did we get into this parlous situation, and what can we do to recover from it? Many companies have fallen into the trap of over-engineering their internal activities with over-complicated structures and bureaucratic reporting systems, leading to disempowered Read More…

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…