Management Thinking

Scenario planning: the time is now

06 Apr 2020 | James M. Kerr

As business leaders try to figure out how to stay afloat, it's important not to confuse scenario planning with business continuity planning. The two are not the same.

Leveraging the gift of crisis

03 Apr 2020 | Christos Tsolkas

The unforeseen arrival of the coronavirus means that all the rules of business have suddenly changed. Preparing for eventualities that were once unthinkable demands radical innovation - and in that sense, at least, a crisis can be a gift.

How businesses act in the face of adversity will shape their future

02 Apr 2020 | Jane Rexworthy

How organisations behave towards their stakeholders - their staff, their customers and the communities within which they operate - during the coronavirus crisis will not be forgotten after the pandemic is over.

Managing in the Wiki World

09 Mar 2020 | Rod Collins

With the rapid emergence of the Digital Age, top-down, command-and-control management has had its day. Instead, today's organisations need to leverage collective intelligence and shared understanding.

Improve strategic alignment through better metrics

04 Mar 2020 | James M. Kerr

People pay attention to what they’re measured by. So the best way to get a behavior change is to measure to the new behavior intended to be instituted.

Seven characteristics of remarkable businesses

21 Feb 2020 | Andy Hanselman

What makes a business remarkable? What gets people talking about it and recommending it to others? The simple answer is that they are dramatically and demonstrably different.

There’s nothing soft about the heart

12 Feb 2020 | Wayne Turmel

Every animal depends on its heart for its existence. And exactly the same is true of an organization, except that rather than a multi-chambered muscle, an organization relies on leadership, managers and flows of information.

It's not what you know, it's how fast you learn

05 Feb 2020 | Rod Collins

The secret to market success in a rapidly-changing world has less to do with what you know and much more to do with how fast you learn.

You may be a workplace hero without realising it

21 Jan 2020 | Nadav Klein

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, whether in life or in the workplace. But they all have one thing in common: they don’t see themselves as heroes.

Is paranoia widespread in your firm? You're not alone

14 Jan 2020 | Manfred Kets De Vries

Trust is a rare commodity in most workplaces. Yet high-trust organisations are more productive, have higher morale and perform better financially. So what can management do to build a more trusting culture?

The future of work is creative collaboration

10 Jan 2020 | Eugene Hughes

Innovation is very rarely the result of individual genius. Instead, the biggest breakthroughs occur when networks of people with a collective vision join up and share ideas. That’s why as the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, creative collaborators will be kings.

The true purpose of a business

07 Jan 2020 | Rod Collins

The conventional belief that the purpose of a company is to generate profits is being challenged by the growing realization that profits are the reward for fulfilling the true purpose of a business and not the purpose itself.

A formula for trust

11 Dec 2019 | John Blakey

What do we mean by 'trustworthy'? Academics have been arguing for years about what makes a leader trustworthy, but trust can really be boiled down to three clear attributes: ability, integrity and benevolence.

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.