Management Thinking

The key to cultivating agility in decision making

20 Aug 2018 | Marc Le Menestrel

Decision-making excellence requires self-awareness and the ability to choose how to think in different situations. That's why being able to understand different perspectives is such a crucial skill for today’s business leaders.

From strategic planning to strategic discovery

13 Aug 2018 | Rod Collins

In today’s world, strategic planning based on the extrapolation of historical trends is a futile exercise. Instead, staying ahead of disruptive change depends on harnessing the power of collective intelligence.

Disaster equals energy plus misinformation

06 Aug 2018 | Janet Howd

In his seminal book on accidents and disasters, Barry A Turner observed that disasters almost always represent failures of intention and that a simple equation - “disaster equals energy plus misinformation” - can to help guard against catastrophic events.

Swerve and swarm

23 Jul 2018 | Max McKeown

You want to know the secret to winning in an age of uncertainty? It's to keep your future open. Planning never guarantees success. Only adaptation guarantees success. Success comes from being confident in your human ability to see opportunity, understand opportunity and grab opportunities.

Why power seekers give advice

12 Jul 2018 | Li Huang

Giving advice makes some people feel powerful because they feel that they have influence over others. But that connection with power means that it can also be dangerous.

The dual company

03 Jul 2018 | Rod Collins

In today’s world, strategic plans and once-successful business models can quickly become redundant. So how can companies sustain short-term profitability while building long-term innovation capability? One answer is to create a dual company.

Culture fit vs. authenticity

18 Jun 2018 | David Livermore

Authenticity - being yourself - can sometimes collide with organizational values. So how far should any of us be expected to give up our authentic preferences for the sake of an organizational purpose?

Nine habits that build trust

14 Jun 2018 | John Blakey

There’s a lot more to trust than just delivering on your promises. In fact, doing what you say you will do is only the basic entry-level requirement if you want to inspire trust in those you lead.

Managing risks in a hyper-connected world

07 Jun 2018 | Rod Collins

As we all know, risk is a fact of life. But as the world becomes more connected, new risks have emerged that demand new tools to mitigate them and to thwart a new generation of threats.

10 characteristics of customer-focused businesses

29 May 2018 | Andy Hanselman

Customer-focused organisations are dramatically and demonstrably different from their competitors. They don’t just meet customer expectations, they consistently try to exceed them in everything they do.

Accountability is more important than accounting

16 May 2018 | Wayne Turmel

What's more important: that people are working on exactly what you want them working on at that exact moment, or that important tasks and outputs are done on time and team goals are met?

Are you addicted to power?

09 May 2018 | Manfred Kets De Vries

In democracies, a free press and the separation of powers reduce the risk of leaders becoming power addicts. But most businesses concentrate power at the top, a design that all too easily leads to power intoxication.

Leaders, go away!

02 May 2018 | Duane Dike

Too many bosses fail to understand that every individual thinks and works at different rates or that we all need to distinguish between important and not so important work to operate effectively.

The dawn of the second human epoch

05 Apr 2018 | Rod Collins

The great promise of digital transformation, AI and collective intelligence to transform humanity for the better will only be achieved if we remember two fundamental foundational principles.

Beyond coaching psychobabble: let the buyer beware

27 Mar 2018 | Manfred Kets De Vries

The advertising pitches of many coaches raise false expectations and seem designed to fool the gullible. Contrary to all the hype, creating meaningful behaviour change is neither easy, fast nor linear.

Moving beyond the hazards of human bias

08 Mar 2018 | Rod Collins

Human beings can be both blind to the obvious and blind to their blindness. So the great promise of Artificial Intelligence is that it can move us move beyond the limits of our human biases.

Spanning the boundaries that limit organisational innovativeness

15 Feb 2018 | Yves Doz

Multinational organisations span many boundaries - geographic, cultural and institutional. So key to their effectiveness is the ability to bridge these divides while retaining their diversity and local uniqueness.

Digital transformation: from worker to gamer

06 Feb 2018 | Rod Collins

Digital transformation is likely to bring with it a dramatic reduction in traditional employment. But will also see the emergence of a radically different economic role: that of the gamer.

Leadership Is a journey, not a destination

29 Jan 2018 | Ian C. Woodward

Whether you are a leader of today or tomorrow, thinking consciously about leadership is essential. Every context requires different talents and skills, so leaders must learn to adjust themselves along the way.

The human-machine symbiosis

24 Jan 2018 | Rod Collins

Machines are becoming more humanlike. But rather than posing a threat to mankind, could this reformulation of the human-machine symbiosis spark a renaissance of humanity?