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Take these leadership steps to create team magic

By |2018-05-29T10:20:38+00:00May 28th, 2018|Delegation, Empowerment, Leading, Teams, Uncategorized|

Most organisations use leadership in teams to achieve goals Even with the best technology, most efficient processes, and most exciting ideas, you ultimately implement your strategy through people. Probably people in teams! which means you will need leadership.  Unless you have these guys at your disposal: Teams will allow you to undertake larger, more complex [...]

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Balanced Scorecard: Align your action around a few key measures

By |2018-05-21T12:04:45+00:00March 1st, 2018|Communication, Conversation models, Decision making, Delegation, Strategy, Teams, Uncategorized|

Sherlock Holmes uses key indicators. In one of the Sherlock Holmes stories he says “I watch these five people and when they do something different I know the game is afoot”.  It would be great to have such an arrangement in our organisation.  “We watch these eight measures and when one starts moving we know [...]

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Defensive Reasoning: the traps we set ourselves

By |2016-11-18T10:03:57+00:00April 19th, 2016|Communication, Conversation models, Teams, Uncategorized|

Dean Rusk with President Johnson and Robert McNamara.  The very pinnacle of government in the USA at the time.  No place for defensive reasoning - but... Dean Rusk was the 54th United States Secretary of State from 1961 – 1969, serving under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.  He has also been attributed with [...]

Creating scenarios – is hard work

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Long long ago, my grandmother in Durban had a Zulu lady named Elizabeth working in her house. As my granny ate her breakfast she listened to the news on her little transistor radio. (No TV in those days). After the news she would go up and do final prep before walking out to catch the [...]

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Innovation – pull it all together in your strategy

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

There we have the history of civilisation in 10 great leaps of innovation. Fire, Wheel, Paper, Printing press with moveable type, Michael Faraday who discovered semiconductor properties, AGB with the first phone, Signore Marconi, the three guys who gave us the transistor and Ted Hoff who invented the microprocessor. And here we are, at the [...]

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Advice: Can you give it? Can you take it?

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

There is a story about a man driving down the road when a woman comes past the other way screaming at him “PIG, PIG”.  He looks round and makes a rude gesture at her and as he turns back he runs into a pig in the middle of the road. OK it is not a [...]

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Networking: Why waste your time?

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00November 11th, 2015|Marketing, Uncategorized|

“Networking is complete waste of time!” “You get cornered by the Mr Self-absorbed or the woman who keeps looking over your shoulder to be sure not to miss out on someone really cool. They either want to sell you something, tell you their life story (from birth to now) or eat your brains. Well OK [...]

Scenarios: Create memories of the future

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00October 19th, 2015|Strategy, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t it be great to know the future? I don’t know about this guy and his quatrains. But some people have the uncanny ability to prepare years in advance to be in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a trend.  The rest of us can use scenarios to fill in the [...]

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Are you setting direction or selling sausage

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00October 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The illustration for this posting was kindly provided by Brian Quentin Webb from Taiwan.  Brian posts as bQw on Deviant art and you can see this image on his site. Here is a company purpose statement “Our purpose is to create value from producing quality products that meet the needs of customers, allowing us to [...]

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Splitting and Projection – a core defense

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We avoid dealing with issues by splitting and projection. Melanie Klein, a student of Freud, identified our ability to manage the anxiety of reality by disowning our crises. As an infant, we could not face the terror of a mother not being available to us or worse still, being angry with us. To deal with [...]

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