Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Cap Seller and the Monkeys: A Leadership Parable

(This is a post from several years back, but a good concept to think about over the weekend.) “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Galatians 6:7 Once there was a young boy who sold caps (baseball style caps) as a … Continue reading

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Focusing on Quotas to Improve Board Diversity is Stupid!

Countries with higher levels of gender equality have higher economic growth. Companies with more women on their boards have higher returns. Peace agreements that include women are more successful. Parliaments with more women take up a wider range of issues … Continue reading

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Leadership, Friction and Culture Change

The secret to success is to work smarter, not harder! In a recent blog (Friction and Culture Change) I used the physical concept of friction to help explain the difficulties in culture change and why reshaping corporate culture is so hard and often … Continue reading

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The Hidden Dimension of Strategy Validation

(Note:  This blog was published for the first time several years ago, but it is still timely. Enjoy) The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism. ~Paul Ricoeur It is too often … Continue reading

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Friction and Culture Change

I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I get a flashback from High School. Sometimes it’s about my lackluster sports career, sometimes about the marching band I played in, and occasionally about one of my classes. … Continue reading

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Most Organization Change Really Isn’t Change

Changing the title or job description is not really change. Real change is adopting and implementing a new set of behaviours appropriate for the situation. When faced with a change in market conditions, new competition or a disruptive technology, most … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement and Strategy Execution: A Real Example

It’s January in London. It’s cold, overcast and rainy almost every day. And besides that, at a latitude of 52 degrees North, darkness falls around 4pm, making it seem even colder. The perfect time of year for the boiler and central … Continue reading

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