Management Thinking

The wise power of utopian thinking

25 Nov 2019 | Marc Le Menestrel

The ability to dream our future world into being can help us survive. So imagining an ideal world is also a powerful tool for enhancing proactivity and leading organisational transformation.

A faster path to intelligence

13 Nov 2019 | Rod Collins

If AI applications can be designed as collective intelligence systems, they may be able to help us move past the rancid divisiveness and entrenched thinking that prevents us from solving our most pressing problems.

The business five principles of Mars

11 Nov 2019 | James M. Kerr

Quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom are the foundation of a company culture that has endured through generations of candy-loving kids, big and small.

How artificial intelligence will transform human thinking

08 Oct 2019 | Rod Collins

Will AI benefit mankind or could it lead to the end of the human race? A better understanding of the relationship between human thinking and AI may shed some light on this great uncertainty.

Why business strategy needs to be more than perfume

01 Oct 2019 | Daniel Deneffe

Many ‘grand’ business strategies are well-packaged and smell great. But what ultimately determines the success of a business isn’t strategy but something much more simple: the choices that customers make to buy or not to buy.

The new rules for how business works

05 Sep 2019 | Rod Collins

Whether we like it or not, the digital revolution has completely rewritten the rules of how the world works. And even more disconcertingly for those who want to hold onto the old rules, this revolution is only just getting started.

Opening the Johari Window

08 Aug 2019 | James M. Kerr

The Johari Window is a technique that can be used to expose an individual’s blind spots and increase self-discovery. It’s also a useful way to improve team performance and encourage breakthrough thinking.

Leading organisations as ecosystems (rather than elephants)

02 Aug 2019 | Sharon Olivier

The world isn't predictable, uniform or controllable. So trying to run organisations via planned, top-down programmes dictated by senior leaders is doomed to failure. Instead, we need to start viewing organisations as living eco systems, rather than some sort of machine.

Code is easier than people

11 Jul 2019 | Wayne Turmel

Going from being a ‘doer’ to being a manager isn’t easy, because managing others demands interpersonal and communication skills that need to be worked on.

Moving beyond endless debate

08 Jul 2019 | Rod Collins

Rather than finding workable solutions to our most intractable problems, we seem to be locked into endless cycles of debate that prevent meaningful action from ever happening.

The Icarus syndrome: flying too close to the sun

04 Jul 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

The Icarus syndrome, with its signature lack of humility, has felled many leaders who planned grandly but failed miserably. That’s why every leader needs to keep their hubris in check.

The Icarus syndrome: flying too close to the sun

04 Jul 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

The Icarus syndrome, with its signature lack of humility, has felled many leaders who planned grandly but failed miserably. That’s why every leader needs to keep their hubris in check.

How to get your ideas adopted

17 Jun 2019 | Anne Miller

Nothing is more frustrating than a great idea falling on deaf ears. If this happens to you, don't get demoralized, get smart. To get your ideas adopted, you need a strategy.

How humor can help shape strategy

31 May 2019 | James M. Kerr

More and more companies globally are using humor as part of their brand strategies, and Stand-Up Strategist has just released its second annual ranking of the best corporate April Fools campaigns.

Revolution in B2B retail: from perfume to platform economy

20 May 2019 | David Dubois

In the digital age, where consumers and brands are connected like never before, B2B retailers need to embrace new business models and pivot into platforms.

The essential challenge in times of great change

03 Apr 2019 | Rod Collins

In times of great change, business leaders can’t look to the past for guidance. Instead, they need to proactively manage the evolution of their companies and be prepared to innovate when markets shift.

What happens to firms that don’t adopt dominant technologies?

02 Apr 2019 | Nathan Furr

Firms that choose the non-dominant technology in an industry shakeout aren’t necessarily dooming themselves to extinction. Remaining open to options is an important part of innovation and they can still pivot, adapt and survive.

The cure for the loneliness of command

18 Mar 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

‘It’s lonely at the top’ is an old cliché, but for many top executives, it’s a harsh reality. Too often, though, this loneliness goes unaddressed as executives try instead to keep up a hero facade.

The cure for the loneliness of command

18 Mar 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

‘It’s lonely at the top’ is an old cliché, but for many top executives, it’s a harsh reality. Too often, though, this loneliness goes unaddressed as executives try instead to keep up a hero facade.

The transformational leap in healthcare

05 Mar 2019 | Rod Collins

Healthcare systems are designed to leverage the individual intelligence of the physician. But that’s all about to change as digitization radically changes the basic rules about the entire healthcare model operates.