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Where the wild things are

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I spent time¬†over the last couple of years travelling to¬†Portland, Oregon to help a passionate and courageous group of people strategise about how they were going to bring their new organisation into being. The result is Ocean Outcomes: an organisation dedicated to helping communities and the seafood industry improve the sustainability of wild fisheries. Not […]

Performance enhancement secret – making marginal gains

It’s been an extraordinary summer for Great British sport (if not the weather). During the latter half of July I was glued to Bradley Wiggins’ performance in the Tour de France. And then, just across the river from the home of ‘zero degrees’, the Olympics. Wow. London 2012 is gearing up again today for more […]

Transforming sacred cows into purple cows

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s excellent warts and all biography of Steve Jobs. As I was reading Jobs’ own words about his legacy it occurred to me that one way of characterising part of that legacy would be to say that Jobs was a master of transforming sacred cows into purple cows. Let me […]

Coaching as organisational development

Can coaching be considered organisational development? I have just served as a guest editor on a special edition of the electronic journal e-Organisations & People published by the Association for Management Education and Development, or AMED. The Winter Edition, out now, explores a great range of topics related to coaching as organisational development. It contains […]

Have you got what it takes to be a strategic thinker?

Many people confuse strategic planning with strategic thinking. Planning is something that happens after strategic thinking has taken place. So what is strategic thinking? Some might define it as rational, logical thought, or the ability to analyse and synthesise data and information in order to determine the optimum choice for future action. This implies that […]

Strategy – what are you talking about?

I’ve been writing a paper about strategy and strategic intelligence. When talking about it to people I have found it fascinating the assumptions they make about the word strategy. I have had some amusing and bemusing conversations which might have been less frustrating had we established from the outset that we were talking about the […]

Recession investments – training’s the thing

The results of a recent survey published by the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD) reported that IoD members’ organisations see training as an investment rather than a cost to business. Their commitment to training has held firm during the downturn in the economy with 80% saying their organisations had either maintained (51%) or increased (29%) […]