Corporate Achilles heel: why strengths can be the problem with performance

The longer the organisational practice of managing strengths and weaknesses as the basis of performance is allowed to go on, the more we will see what had appeared to be healthy, robust companies, being brought down.  Not unlike steroid use, there will be a point where trying to increase strength will have a detrimental effect […]

Making organisations work: Part 2

Perhaps because my first tertiary qualification was in marketing, one question about working in organisation development has continued to nag at me over the years.  If the organisation is the most significant contributor to business success then why are the professionals who design, develop and manage them, and those who manage the people who make […]

Making organisations work

The decision I made to set up a company ten years ago did not entail much deliberation.  It was prompted by little more than not being able to think of a job I wanted to pursue in the work I thought I was good at.  The only thing that I spent time thinking about was […]

The ‘passion’ nonsense: why it does not predict success

There is no doubt that the internet has made it easier for people to access information to enhance their lives.  Predictably it also enables the faster spreading of nonsense presented as expert advice.  If you believe what you read you there is an undisputed key to success: passion. Since when did ‘passion’, the word used […]

What should we do about the job problem?

Reporters, statisticians, economists and demographers are predicting the demise of jobs, millions of jobs. According to futurist Thomas Frey, 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Whether you believe all the data or not it is clear that changes, mostly due to technology, in the structure of the labour market have already been significant. In […]

Let it go! HR practices we know don’t work but use anyway

In 2014 we have the benefit of technology that allows us to see inside a working brain and compute massive amounts of research data to give us a never-before-available understanding of human behaviour.  This has significant benefits for those of us who are responsible for improving the outcomes from people at work. If the main […]

Goodbye, Papino

Last night we had our dog put to sleep.  His already weak heart suddenly gave out and we knew it was time to say goodbye. Papino came to us through a series of, as it turned out, fortunate events four years ago.  I had undertaken some work for his owner, who a few months later […]

Why businesses should work like not-for-profits

This week as I pause while Encompass prepares for the next stage of the #encompassproject, here is why not-for-profit (NFP) organisations have an advantage over business. There are still some who believe the world of business has not changed.  At least this is what their business practices would lead you to think.  Admittedly when you […]

#encompassproject – when good ideas become reality

Last Thursday it was my privilege and pleasure to be invited to Encompass Community Services by CEO, Elaine Robb, to attend the launch of the Encompass Revolution.  Staff gathered to hear Elaine, and Board Chairperson, Dr Alyson Miller, explain the purpose of the ‘revolution’ and to watch the launch of Encompass TV. Elaine gave an […]

#encompassproject – bring on the community

It’s a risky topic, ‘strategic communication’.  Too many times we have experienced the rounds of ‘strategic communication’ that ends up being an impenetrable garble of consultant-speak or heartily expounded calls to arms to achieve goals that bear no resemblance to the daily work of most of the audience. Strategic communication is an intricate process of […]