The aggregation of marginal decays

John Blakey | 22 Mar 2017

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

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.

Reacting vs responding

Wayne Turmel

Ever hit “reply all” when you probably shouldn’t? Do you interrupt what you're doing to read incoming emails? Too often, we react rather than respond. And that can lead to trouble, especially for managers.

Confidence boosters for women in business

Abi Eniola

Studies show the majority of women believe confidence is key to effective leadership, but it’s something they struggle with throughout their careers. So what can they do to enhance their presence at senior levels?

Taking time for leadership

Duane Dike

Reflection is an essential part of leadership. Leaders who don't pause to reflect run into trouble because off-the-cuff decisions are often irrational, people-less, system-ignorant choices. In contrast, reflection brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions.

Every workplace needs a fool

Manfred Kets De Vries

Office tricksters tell it like it is and contribute to creative growth. But just as a king’s fool would play with fire if he told the king an unpleasant truths, fools and tricksters should tread warily in organisational life.

Productive conversations to build cultural intelligence

David Livermore

How do we engage in productive dialogue with people who have very different perspectives from our own? The many conversations I’ve had since the U.S. election have given me some ideas.

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Bill Rosenthal

The art of apologizing

Bill Rosenthal

It is never easy, but it is essential to apologize whenever you feel you're at fault. Good managers are able to do it well. They don't count on the power of their position to steamroll over those who may feel offended. Instead they use the apology as a way to turn adversity into advantage.

Wayne Turmel

Remote teams and the new virtual reality

Wayne Turmel

While Remote Teams might be virtual, and Virtual Teams are almost always remote, there is an important distinction between them. A smart manager needs to know this, because the roots of success or failure lie in this distinction.

Janet Howd

Pre-presentation nerves? No way!

Janet Howd

Preparing to give a presentation frightens the living daylights out of most people and often causes them to perform well below par. But preparing to run a marathon scares most people too - and yet those who take up that challenge usually do well on the day.

Wayne Turmel

Five reasons remote teams fail

Wayne Turmel

Leading a remote team isn’t that different to leading a co-located one. But we do have to re-think how we do certain things. Here are five ways you can get that wrong.

Jurgen Wolff

February brainstorm

Jurgen Wolff

This month, an argument for going against the flow, some suggestions for overcoming procrastination, why you should give yourself some time treats, how to make a creative project more appealing and what it means to have your own personal "creative license"...

Earlier opinion

Five remote team new year's resolutions

Wayne Turmel

The new year is a great time to ask some fundamental questions about how your project team works together and what needs to change. So here are five "new year's resolutions" you should at least consider for your remote team.

The magic of festival

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.

Time for change

Duane Dike

Change is the basis of renewal. So even altering the way we approach some mundane task or activity can make life better and help us to think differently. A little change can make our world that much better.

The agile dilemma: mindset or method?

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.

Emotional differences across cultures

David Livermore

Different cultures appear to have very different ways of showing emotion and managing feelings. But in reality we all have much more in common than meets the eye when it comes to how we handle some key human emotions.

Your voice and your identity

Janet Howd

Technology has made it possible to identify anyone by their unique voice pattern within about three seconds. That has some interesting implications - for good and for ill.

Are remote workers less loyal?

Wayne Turmel

Remote and virtual workers leave their jobs at a slightly higher rate than those who work in a fixed location. Are they simply ungrateful weasels, or can something else explain this increase in turnover?

Changing a culture starts with changing behaviours

Stephen Fortune

Time and time again, companies invest huge amounts of time and money in the launch of new initiatives. But after the initial excitement wears off, nothing changes. Why? It's all about behaviour.

So what went wrong?

Duane Dike

Even in the high inflation years of the early 1980s, jobs were relatively secure. Not any more. Now when things go wrong in a business, the axe almost always falls swiftly on the people who do the work, and very rarely on the executives who made bad decisions.

Not negotiable! Why business must negotiate more effectively

Tony Hughes

Most people, in most circumstances, negotiate badly, most of the time. But negotiation skills can be learned. Here's how to negotiate more effectively, whatever the shape or size of your organisation.

The harmful effects of workplace incivility

Quy Huy

Far from being trivial, incivility and low-level unpleasantness in the workplace can have disastrous results. But managers can - and should - do something about it.

How the best company to work for works

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.