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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leaders: heroes or social architects?

Just been reading about Warren Bennis, the US industrial psychologist and former presidential adviser.  He is the man who coined the phrase: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.”  I like that Bennis’s work  and research with major corporations and universities over the last 40 years has enabled his thinking to evolve.  In the mid-1980s he had a […]