The wise power of utopian thinking

Marc Le Menestrel | 22 Jul 2019

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.

Encouraging innovation in large organizations

John Brooker

Many large organizations have problems with innovation. So unlocking their potential means understanding the key factors that influence innovation and how leadership behavior influences them.

Code is easier than people

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

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

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 take expert advice

Wayne Turmel

You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get - and often the experts disagree. So how is a rational person supposed to take all this advice without their heads imploding?

Are all white people privileged?

David Livermore

You can’t have an honest conversation about cultural intelligence without addressing 'white privilege', the idea that white people inherit certain privileges simply by the color of their skin. But this isn't an easy thing to discuss.

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

Karin Stumpf

A roadmap for cultural change

Karin Stumpf

It's all very well talking about creating a world-class organizational culture, but how do you actually go about doing it? This three-step approach is a good place to start if you're serious about implementing cultural change.

Wayne Turmel

Don't let Twitter rewire your brain

Wayne Turmel

If it feels like all the social media and online communications managers use is somehow changing us, you're right. So here are 10 tips to make social media work for you instead of letting it have its way with you.

Robert Heller

Rewards and incentives - when self-interest isn't enough

Robert Heller

Self-interest is a powerful engine of economic performance, but it is far from being the only one. Many other parts are necessary for the economic motor to run smoothly – like teamwork and delegation.

Edward de Bono

Managing uncertainty

Edward de Bono

Some people are excellent at managing in situations when things are going very well. There are also people who succeed in managing when things are going badly. But not many people can manage successfully in times of great uncertainty.

Earlier opinion

Three scary things that real leaders need to do

Greg Giuliano

If you want to be a leader and not just a boss, you need to stop relying on your title or your position to get people to comply and start to strengthen your connections with others.

Great advice from a sketchy source

Wayne Turmel

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books don’t normally spring to mind as sources of useful management advice. But there’s a line in ‘Goldfinger’ that is actually quite brilliant if you run a remote team.

What's the answer? It depends

David Livermore

I’ve gained a reputation for being the “It depends” guy. When fielding questions during a presentation on cultural intelligence, my default response is “It depends!” Let me explain why.

The creativity success manifesto

Jurgen Wolff

Whether you want to write a best-seller or launch a new business venture, success in any kind of creative endeavour depends on some common factors. Understand these and your chances of hitting the jackpot will be multiplied.

Are your teammates competent?

Wayne Turmel

One of the biggest factors in building trust is believing in the competence of the people you work with. If you work in the same place, that isn’t so hard to do. But if you work remotely, gathering evidence of competence takes more effort.

The essential challenge in times of great change

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?

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 cost of bad meetings

Wayne Turmel

Bad meetings cost companies billions of dollars every year. But this waste is easily avoidable if only we'd all ask ourselves a couple of basic questions and think a little more about how and why we have meetings.

The cure for the loneliness of command

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

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.

Staying on track isn't easy

Wayne Turmel

It's surprising how often teams lose sight of their goals. There are plenty of reasons, and maybe understanding some of the most common will help you and your team reassess where you are headed.

Engaging change: six tips for surviving and thriving

Dan Bobinski

Such is the pace of change today that every day seems to present new challenges and opportunities. So how managers adapt to the changing horizon can make the difference between surviving or thriving.