Don't use technology as an excuse for bad management

Wayne Turmel | 24 Aug 2015

When it comes to managing a remote team, technology is not a communication problem. Your choices are the problem. You need to choose the right tool then execute your communication well - and stop blaming the tools if you chose the wrong one for the wrong reason.

Why work profiles should replace job titles

Jurgen Appelo

Work profiles are the perfect replacement for traditional job descriptions because they encourage organizations to grow work around people, instead of force-fitting people into narrow job roles.

Stewarding change

Michael Jones

If we want to create meaningful change within our organizations and communities, we need to go beyond mechanistic, behavioral or even human potential thinking and embrace a living systems worldview.

Racist comments, Facebook rants and cultural intelligence

David Livermore

What should you do when you run up against friends, family members, colleagues or clients who make little effort to engage with others with any degree of cultural intelligence?

Face to face in the workplace

Julie Cooper

The way many of us work these days is not conducive to good one-to-one discussions. So how can busy managers be persuaded to address the need for meaningful, effective conversations that deliver the outcomes they want?

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If you want to succeed, get used to failure

Max McKeown | 06 Aug 2015

Failure is commonplace. Ninety-nine percent of all species and organisations that exist will eventually disappear. Once you accept this and understand that every innovation begins with a series of aberrations, you will be better placed to succeed now and in the future.

Only an emigrant?

Janet Howd

All humanity migrated from somewhere at some time. But as the popular songs of the 19th Century remind us, the suspicious attitudes of those already settled has always been a problem for would-be newcomers.

Raise a glass to corporate culture

Nick Jeffrey

Corporate failure typically has its roots in cultural weakness. So why is there such an apparent difference between the level of awareness of the importance of culture and the amount of boardroom focus on it?

Wisdom vs intelligence

Peter Vajda

Many business leaders are intelligent. But they're not wise, or even aware that they lack wisdom. And that's something that no amount of left-brain thinking, operations-focused education or experiential learning is going to change.

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Book reviews


Marshall Goldsmith

About 100 pages into Marshall Goldsmith's new book, I picked up a pen and began to write down some “engaging questions” for myself. I read dozens of business books a year, and can’t remember the last time I took action that quickly (or at all, to be honest).

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News & Ideas

Too much innovation doesn't pay dividends

Incremental improvements can be far more effective than trying to make big changes

Confidence the key to successful negotiations

But be careful not to let it go to your head

Ethics across the generations

Different generations have differing views of ethical behavior

Feeding the world

How do we feed 28.5 million more mouths every year?

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The geopolitics of the steppes

Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, talks to Central Asian specialist, writer and explorer, René Cagnat, about the changing geopolitics of a vast region of the globe that is often overlooked.

It’s a fake! Countering the counterfeiters

Counterfeiting has become a global epidemic. Pierre Delval, one of the world’s leading authorities on counterfeiting, talks to Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, about the scale of problem and the measures we need to take to combat it.

Inspiring engagement through the power of stories

The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision

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