For most of us, the last month in lockdown has proved conclusively that work is something you do, not somewhere you go. With minimal advance notice, and despite the extra responsibilities of home-schooling, shopping for relatives and cutting our own hair, we’ve been able to maintain business continuity under significant internal and external pressures. Of … Continue reading “Do we even need an office now we can all work from home?”
I saw a post yesterday begging people to stop posting their working-from-home advice. It's true, LinkedIn does seem to be inundated with well-meaning posts about how to survive virtual working; what tools to use, how to stay connected with colleagues, how to manage teams you can't see, how to dress, what to eat... and to … Continue reading Allow me my Bear Grylls moment…
In the film of our own lives we naturally have the starring role. We are the captain of our own ship, the protagonist in our own adventures and our destiny is in our own hands. Or is it? Are we in fact all haunted by shadows of our former, current and future selves, sabotaging our … Continue reading At Hallowe’en it’s time to ask – is your ability to lead hampered by hauntings?
Last post before Summer break... Bill Gates famously shares his summer reading list every year and I've been the grateful recipient: "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson, amazing. On the off-chance that you're cruising the internet looking for business-related literary inspiration and Bill Gates doesn't cut it, try these: Books that helped me articulate what I believe: … Continue reading Summer reading list
The Team is on the rise. Nearly all the clients I work with are introducing some form of Agile methodology into their workplace, where the unit of currency is team, not individual. In Buckingham and Goodall's 'Nine Lies about Work', Lie #1 provides evidence that the culture at a team level is the single most … Continue reading “Does not play well with others”… Is there any such thing as a non-team player?
A briefing from the client: “Can you come in and say everything I’ve been saying but they’ll listen to you because you’re external*/older*/male*/female*/expensive*.” *The specific descriptor varies but essentially 'because you’re not me'. Have you ever been in a meeting and made a suggestion that is ignored only for someone else to make the same … Continue reading Could you be suffering from Cassandra’s Curse? … You know you’re right, so why won’t anyone listen to you?
You will be aware there have been heady times in my career when I was a High Performer-High Potential. Why do I think you already know this? It's a bit like that joke - how can you tell if someone has a private pilot's licence? Don't worry, they'll tell you. In my golden era, if … Continue reading High-Low, High-Low, it’s off to a performance review we go…
An extraordinary second flowering... Approaching the menopause is not always the 'extraordinary second flowering' that Virginia Ironside promised. However any transitional phase creates opportunities and this is no exception. Even more exciting, it applies as much to companies as it does to people. I was at a speaker showcase event recently where one of the … Continue reading Is your company entering the menopause? Six reasons you should care.
Your workplace may be "Agile" with a Big A, "agile" with a small a or "Traditional" with tea and scones, by now you'll be aware of Design Thinking as a user-centric facilitation methodology for innovation and problem solving. You may also be aware that Harvard Business Review has come down squarely in its favour with … Continue reading Quicker, Better, Funner – how design thinking could help your change programme
8 years ago I was lucky enough to work in a thriving company with a very supportive manager who enabled me to go to business school. It was an unforgettable experience. It took me more than 2 years to regain the confidence I lost during that time, and it's taken me 8 years to realise … Continue reading Everything I learnt at Harvard Business School, eventually.