Archive for September, 2014

The Matrix Reloaded

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September 26th, 2014

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The unpredictable ‘VUCA’ environment has the potential to catch out many established brands. Companies that have been at the forefront of their industries and with a reputation for innovation can easily take their eye off the ball and be knocked off their reputational pedestals – take Kodak and Nokia, for example. And companies too focused on […]

Designing for the ‘to-be state’

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September 22nd, 2014

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What I’ve found in the organisation design work that I do that there’s a great desire from stakeholders to map the current, ‘as-is’ state and define the end ‘to-be’ state. It seems to provide some kind of comfort level they know where they are – admittedly, sometimes worth finding out, and they agree where they […]

Are leaders sufficiently prepared for Scottish independence?

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September 17th, 2014

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Whatever the outcome of the vote on Scottish independence this coming Thursday, most commentators expect a period of uncertainty and widespread change to follow. We were somewhat surprised then, when in response to some questions we posed as part of our annual Management Agenda survey (the full results from which will be available in February […]

Lessons for Tesco in resurfacing their values

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September 11th, 2014

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Just seven days in post and Tesco’s new CEO, Dave Lewis, is reportedly looking at sweeping management changes in order to improve morale and is vowing to take Tesco back to its core values. And, while he clearly has his own thoughts he has promised to spend time listening, learning and observing. Our Management Agenda […]

Leadership – are children leading the way?

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September 9th, 2014

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An article in this week’s TES  caught my attention as it reported that equine assisted learning is being put to good use by helping children to improve their self-esteem, teamwork and non-verbal communication. But it’s not just children who can learn valuable lessons from being around horses. We all know effective leadership is key to […]