Management Thinking

Could Covid make us better managers?

07 Jul 2021 | Steven Buck

At a time when the role of the manager has arguably never been more challenging, we are starting to re-evaluate what 'management' really means.

Don't celebrate the failure, celebrate the learning

28 Jun 2021 | Kon Apostolopoulos

Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a feedback mechanism that shows us what's not working. We can learn from it and improve, but it should never be a goal in itself.

Harnessing natural intelligence

08 Jun 2021 | Rosie Tomkins

All change brings new opportunities. The tree that looks almost dead in the winter bursts with blossom in spring. The frozen wasteland delivers a bountiful harvest in the autumn. As business leaders, we can learn a lot from nature.

Getting back to work in the post-pandemic world

07 Apr 2021 | James M. Kerr

As organizations prepare to get back to work in a post-pandemic world, leaders must focus on just how they intend to get on with work for years to come.

Cultural intelligence and competing with robots

23 Mar 2021 | David Livermore

The dystopian view of a future overrun by robots forgets that the human brain gives us some things technology cannot compete with, namely our ability to adapt and create.

Experimenting with scenario planning

23 Feb 2021 | James Berry

Scenario planning isn’t just about developing proactive strategies to deal with a possible crisis. It can also be a useful way to highlight potential weaknesses in your organisation or operations. Here’s how to go about it.

Ten habits of bad management

11 Jan 2021 | Andre de Waal

Too many organizations ignore or tolerate bad management. Yet bad managers will never get optimal results, so their tell-tail traits need to recognized and dealt with.

The myth of change management

06 Jan 2021 | Rod Collins

The world is changing much faster than their organizations. And that’s a big problem, because traditional businesses are not designed for adapting to change or aligning with shifting markets.

Why ‘how are you?’ is such an important question

21 Dec 2020 | Steven Buck

After this unprecedented year, finding ways for a team to connect and address the needs of the whole person rather than focusing solely on work priorities is more important than ever.

A far more serious public health crisis

03 Nov 2020 | Rod Collins

As we struggle against the the Covid-19 pandemic, it's clear there is a far more serious public health crisis that has long been hidden in plain sight: a digitally primitive healthcare system.

How problem-solving styles affect team togetherness

23 Oct 2020 | Curt Friedel

As a manager, how do team members respond to your approach to solving problems? How does team dynamics gel with your personality and affect chemistry and productivity?

Covid-19 and the hazards of experts

06 Oct 2020 | Rod Collins

Rather than simply a public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic is a social system crisis that demands solutions based on the evidence of data, rather than simplistic responses based on the opinions of experts.

Three ways to plan for an uncertain future

30 Sep 2020 | James Berry

In today's troubled times, even the most successful business can find itself in difficulty. So how can businesses plan for an uncertain future?

Make your people part of the solution, even virtually

07 Sep 2020 | Matthew Handley

This year has presented companies with a series of seemingly insurmountable problems. But those that find ways to engage their employees in the design of solutions are likely to rise above the adversity.

The difference between a mob and a crowd

03 Sep 2020 | Rod Collins

How is it that sometimes when we come together in groups, we are extraordinarily brilliant, but at other times we are incredibly dumb? The answer is the difference between collective intelligence and groupthink.

The four obstacles to corporate innovation

20 Aug 2020 | Michael Ellenby

There are four main obstacles to corporate innovation that can stifle the potential of organisations of all sizes. Understanding how to overcome them is key to a healthy future for every business.

Get out of the way!

18 Aug 2020 | Duane Dike

Barriers to productivity are many and varied, but the vast majority of them are by-products of the destructive attitudes and behaviors of leaders.

A formula for trust

13 Aug 2020 | John Blakey

Academics have been arguing for years about what makes a leader trustworthy, but it can really be boiled down to three clear attributes: ability, integrity and benevolence.

Breakthrough innovation and corporate antibodies

04 Aug 2020 | Rod Collins

If companies want to be on the leading edge of breakthrough innovation, they have to neutralize the corporate antibodies that try to kill any new ideas that threaten the status quo.

Let’s ditch self-improvement and focus on effective cooperation

01 Jul 2020 | Ab Banerjee

Many popular management theories focus too heavily on the cult of the individual and giving feedback at any cost. Instead, we need to think more about collective performance and adopt a cooperation mind-set.