Management Thinking

The future of strategy

19 Apr 2017 | Rod Collins

In today’s world, change is exponential and the past is no longer a proxy for the future. That’s why the most important strategic decision that business leaders need to make is to know when it is time to change

Transparency and the inner wolf

18 Apr 2017 | John Blakey

The United Airlines saga is just the latest reminder that many CEOs only care about ‘us’ when the chips are down, when they have to and when everyone is looking.

Rethinking resilience in global supply chains

30 Mar 2017 | Karan Girotra

The increasingly complex nature of supply chains carries an increased risk of costly disruptions. But attempts to mitigate risk by diversifying may make supply chain disruptions more damaging when they occur.

The aggregation of marginal decays

22 Mar 2017 | John Blakey

Losing your integrity is like losing your virginity: it only happens once. And it often stems from a step-by-step deterioration, when small errors and failings are routinely overlooked - the exact opposite of marginal gains.

A glimpse into the future of work

14 Mar 2017 | Rod Collins

Forget technical challenges. The most important issue we face in a digitally transformed world is finding new ways to create economic value for those whose jobs are eliminated by digital automation.

The right way to brag

16 Feb 2017 | Duane Dike

When you’re a manager, bragging about others is good. But bragging about yourself is bad, especially when it involves taking the credit for things other people have done in order to get ahead.

The essential skill for our age

08 Feb 2017 | Rod Collins

Far from being a new iteration of the industrial revolution, our transformation into a hyper-connected world is the most significant inflection point in human history - one that demands ways of thinking and organizing that are a world away from the mechanistic models of the past.

Developing agility

06 Feb 2017 | Val Nichols

Top-down, command-and-control leadership slows organizations down and limits creativity. Instead, we need to develop the agility to rethink, reinvigorate and reinvent in response to changing circumstances.

Parking spots: 6 ways to find space for innovation

23 Jan 2017 | Christos Tsolkas

Many people know what it’s like to have a great idea. But putting an idea into practice is something else entirely, particularly if you already have a serious job in a large corporation. So here’s a simple formula for getting yourself or your team to move.

The second wave of the digital revolution

12 Jan 2017 | Rod Collins

Thanks to the internet, we have experienced more change in the past 16 years than in the previous five decades of the last century. But that's nothing compared to what the second wave of the digital revolution will bring.

The magic of festival

22 Dec 2016 | Michael Jones

As we enter into this festive time of year, its worth remembering that Festival often comes during times of great disruption - a surge of energy so strong that it acts as a counterpoint to the world of official and hierarchical order.

The agile dilemma: mindset or method?

15 Dec 2016 | Rod Collins

There’s an intriguing dialogue happening in the world of Agile software development that may be relevant for anyone interested in how business works in a rapidly changing world.

How the best company to work for works

16 Nov 2016 | Rod Collins

The companies that populate the lists of the best companies to work for all share one thing: they understand that culture as the most important ingredient of their business success.

Root cause problem-solving

26 Oct 2016 | Peter Vajda

For many years, the Japanese have approached the process of problem- solving with a strategy known as "the Five Whys". Peter Vajda explores how this helps us find better solutions.

Strategic planning must change with the times

18 Oct 2016 | Mark Heffner

Effective strategic planning and execution can do much to improve competitive advantage and value. But it has done right if it is going to fit with today’s rough and tumble world.

The accountability dilemma

17 Oct 2016 | Duane Dike

It’s all very well being held responsible and accountable as a manager, but that can only work if you’re also able to make real and meaningful decisions. Yet all too often, that decision-making lives with other people.

Is hierarchy really necessary?

13 Oct 2016 | Rod Collins

Throughout human history, hierarchy has been a near-universal model for organizing the work of large numbers of people. But as the world is transformed by hyper-connectivity, are self-organized networks a more appropriate organizational design solution?

Choosing to be humble

29 Sep 2016 | John Blakey

The sad story of ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, the shortest-serving manager in English football history, is a classic example of someone falling foul of habit No.6 of a trusted executive - choosing to be humble.

Feelings vs reasoning

26 Sep 2016 | Duane Dike

The older I get, the more I see that rather than ignoring people’s expressions of feeling, managers ought to welcome them as good for business and realize that results can improve when you listen and respond appropriately to them.

Seven signs of the Greed Syndrome

15 Sep 2016 | Manfred Kets De Vries

Given the high value our culture places on materialism, perhaps it isn't surprising that greed and excess are hallmarks of many executives. But how do we recognise and deal with uncontrolled greed?