Category Archives: corporate culture

The Official and the “Unofficial” Organization Chart

Hidden Agenda at home and work! Everyone knows about the existence of the official agenda and the “hidden agenda”.  The hidden agenda being those issues which everyone knows about but are not willing to open up for honest discussion.  Instead, … Continue reading

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The Greeks, Love and Employee Engagement

“What is the difference between like and love?”, the novice asked the Master.  The Master replied: “If you like a flower you pick it.  If you love a flower, you water and care for it daily.” Love is a broad … Continue reading

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World Class Tennis and Strategy Execution

There is no strategy without execution, and there is no execution without leadership. Several decades ago the wooden Dunlop Maxply racket was the only racket to have. A famous squash player said in an advertisement: “Without my Dunlop Maxply, I might … Continue reading

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Farming, Weeds and Corporate Culture

If you don’t understand your corporate culture, you don’t understand your business. One of my current consulting clients is a large global agriculture equipment manufacturer. Farming is becoming more and more mechanised, not only in the developed countries, but in … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, Hubris and Corporate Decline

All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence you know.  ~Ernest Hemingway I am a great fan of Ernest Hemingway.  I am transfixed by his economic yet moving prose and drawn in by his stories of … Continue reading

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The Leadership Equation

Our lives today seem to be run by mathematical equations and algorithms. Google finds our search requests with sophisticated algorithms.  Amazon uses algorithms to suggest items for you to purchase based on your previous shopping history.  Airlines recalculate and publish … Continue reading

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Foxhole Buddies . . .

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” -Walter Winchell Not too long ago I watched the HBO TV miniseries, The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks.  This is a companion piece to the widely acclaimed Band of Brothers. Both … Continue reading

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