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Walking the talk: IPNLF’s values influence culture & performance

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Have you ever experienced the default culture of an organisation? This is an operating environment that evolves from “the way we do things around here”: how people talk to one another; which actions and outcomes are recognised and rewarded; whether enacted policies and structures limit or enable people to unleash their potential at work; and […]

Hey, hey we’re the monkeys!

What do monkeys and the Australian Olympic swimming team have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it? Sadly, it isn’t a joke. Rather a damning indictment of leadership and culture gone toxic. There’s a perfect analogy in the organisational development literature that describes how destructive cultures form: Begin with five monkeys […]

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 […]

Imagine turning down the top job

At the end of 2011, MBS executive recruitment consultants reviewed the reasons for the departure of high profile leaders from large, public corporations such as Lloyds TSB, Adidas and Pfizer. Exhaustion and personal reasons were cited by highly talented individuals as influencing their choice to leave. Once upon a time personal reasons and exhaustion might […]

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 […]

What’s your hedgehog factor?

When we get together in relationships and groups, we humans can behave very much like hedgehogs in winter. Schopenhauer created a parable about the dilemma hedgehogs face when trying to stay warm in their burrows in the coldest months: they need to huddle together for body warmth, but their spines are prickly, uncomfortable and even […]

Do you avoid the hard stuff by calling it the soft stuff?

The hard skills we use everyday at work are visible and tangible: we can easily demonstrate our ability with numbers by producing a spreadsheet; or our sales ability with a pitch-perfect presentation; or our writing skills with a well-structured and articulate report. We can analyse figures that help us to understand the position of our […]

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 […]

What motivates people’s performance?

Watch Dan Pink’s animated presentation on YouTube – it is both informative and entertaining. He talks about what motivates people to perform well at their work. He talks about what the research shows about whether money (pay, bonuses, innovation incentives) are motivators. There are some findings that go against the dominant wisdom (or at least […]

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%) […]