Author Archives: Michael Folkman

The Value in Mentoring

The rapid growth in the number of accelerator programs in the start-up world  brings the role of mentoring to the fore as a valuable tool for helping emerging entrepreneurs. With high profile programs such as Y Combinator, Techstars in the … Continue reading

Posted in Relationships, Teams, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

M&A – Still Learning?

A couple of articles dropped into the inbox last week that seem to confirm that despite decades of experience, organisations are still struggling to unlock the value in mergers and acquisitions. First up, a McKinsey survey (here), tells us that … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Intangibles, Leadership, Relationships, Teams, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Systemic Barriers to Innovation

My previous post (here) commenting on Bill Taylor’s critique of the role of industry experience on decision making and innovation got me thinking about the systemic barriers to innovation that exist in many organisations. Taylor argues that by framing decision … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Intangibles, Leadership, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Industry Experience not Required?

Following on from yesterday’s post about leadership failure and the continued reliance on past experience as an indicator of leadership potential (here). The ever thought provoking Bill Taylor posted a blog (here) on HBR questioning the value or relevance of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Leadership | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Leadership and Relationships – The Importance of Fit

HRVendornews (here), highlights a new survey from Right Management and Chally Group that reports some interesting findings about the causes of corporate leadership failure. Among the more eye-catching figures are: “Failure to build a team or relationships was singled out … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Intangibles, Leadership, Relationships, Strategy, Teams | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knowing When to Step Down – Dilemmas of Succession

Succession is one of those topics that gets very little coverage given it’s significance. An interesting blog post in the New York Times (here) by Quentin Hardy draws attention to some of the pitfalls in not having a plan in … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, General, Intangibles, Leadership, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Innovation and Culture

Booz & Company’s Annual Innovation Survey (here) dropped into my inbox this morning and the conclusions are challenging and in many ways bad news for organisations striving to catch the elusive innovation wave. The results suggest that it is not … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Intangibles, Leadership, Strategy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Problem with Complexity

If engagement was the buzzword amongst OD and HR professionals last year, the current word du jour seems to be complexity. HR Magazine recently (here) featured research carried out by Simon Collinson at Warwick University and consultancy Simplicity Partnership that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Problem with Complexity

Rebooting HR

Over at MiX, (here), Luc Galoppin posted an excellent blog that succinctly summarises some of the inherent problems and contradictions present in most HR departments. These can be summarised by HR’s ongoing desire for a seat at the top table … Continue reading

Posted in 4G, Leadership, Relationships, Strategy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Jobs – Culture and Innovation

Amidst all the comment about last week’s announcement from Steve Jobs, many commentators have been in a rush to speculate on the future for Apple and the key elements of Jobs’ legacy. Although it is far too early to fully … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment