Breakthrough innovation and corporate antibodies

Rod Collins | 04 Aug 2020

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.

Boost morale with a virtual event

Craig Bulow

Even if summer away-days and team-building events are off the agenda for the moment, there are still ways you can boost your teamís wellbeing and morale with in-person events that you can do remotely.

Snip those email threads!

Wayne Turmel

if thereís one complaint everyone has about communicating with their teammates it's long email threads - you know, the ones that start as a simple request for information and grow like a virus.

That furloughed feeling

Rhys Moon

Understanding how furloughed employees feel about the situation they're in gives an insight into what employers and managers can do to help individuals and the organisation as a whole.

Beyond the disruption of COVID-19

Tim Hood

For businesses that are reliant on manual processes that require people and paper to be physically together in one space, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing some fundamental challenges.

Reacting vs responding

Wayne Turmel

Do you interrupt what you're doing to read incoming emails? Do you hit ďreply allĒ when you probably shouldnít? Too often, we react rather than respond. And that can lead to trouble, especially for managers.

Letís ditch self-improvement and focus on effective cooperation

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.

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 Ďgoodí or Ďbadí. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Dan Bobinski

A Cure for Micro-Management

Dan Bobinski

Over-controlling is usually done by managers who donít quite know how to manage. The result is ineffective use of personnel and tremendously lower productivity and profits.

Rod Collins

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.

Janet Howd

Virtual get-togethers are the coming thing

Janet Howd

With the cost of international travel to meetings and conferences becoming increasingly prohibitive and the workplace inexorably becoming wherever you power up your laptop, this is the moment to get your on-screen interactions well and truly taped.

Jane Rexworthy

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

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.

Earlier opinion

Will employment litigation derail recovery?

Alan Jenkins

Itís all very well governments wanting to get people back to work. But if employers risk litigation or prosecution if staff contract COVID-19, many will conclude that it simply isnít worth the risk of re-opening.

The importance of purpose in motivating your people

Marybeth Belka

One of the biggest lessons from the coronavirus pandemic has been that incredible feats can be accomplished when leaders share a sense of purpose.

Do you run meetings or lead them?

Wayne Turmel

Why do some online meetings get the job done, while others don't? The difference is that successful meetings need to be led - and there is a huge difference between running a meeting and leading one.

Mental wellbeing for leaders and managers

Christine Macdonald

Working in a leadership or management role can be trying at the best of times. But in the uncertain period we find ourselves in at present, the pressures can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Five ways to derail your remote meeting

Wayne Turmel

One reason video conferences and webmeetings often feel like a bit of a train wreck is because they tend to get off to a bad start. Here are the main things that derail virtual meetings and how you can avoid them.

What will life be like after the pandemic?

Manfred Kets De Vries

What is the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic going to look like? Will we go back to normal? Will we even want to? Or will the crisis invite us to rethink our future?

How to thrive while working from home

Tony Anticole

Despite its many benefits, many of us are also discovering the downsides of remote working and being physically distant from colleagues.

Five reasons remote teams fail

Wayne Turmel

Many managers are now discovering that leading a remote team isnít that different to leading a co-located one. But they do have to re-think how they do certain things. Here are five ways you can get that wrong.

Mission first, people always

Gary Burnison

During this crisis, it is people who will be the ultimate differentiator. And leading means meeting people where they are, because that's the only way to convert self-interest to shared interest.

How do you manage distributed workers?

Rod Collins

As many managers are now discovering, traditional management isnít designed for a remote workforce. Instead, we need to make a rapid shift from centralized command-and-control structures into highly adaptive distributed networks.

Scenario planning: the time is now

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

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.