Category Archives: Culture

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Leadership, Intangibles and Talent Review Q4 2010

Welcome to the final round-up of 2010. In this issue we have brought together an assortment of provocative articles focusing on; Complexity Training Systems Thinking Being Counter-Intuitive Innovation Conclusion Featured in this issue are articles from: Steven Johnson, John Hagel, … Continue reading

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Formal v. Informal Relationship Structures

John Hagel III and John Seely Brown have an excellent post which as usual covers a wide range of perspectives and insights. While some of the points are more strategically orientated, operationally, there is some really useful stuff too. The … Continue reading

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Millenials value Networks and Relationships

Susan Scrupski writes about some research she’s been doing with GE and J&J, the upshot of which is that as the generational collide increases, the value placed on networks and relationships by younger employees seems to rise. In Susan’s words; … Continue reading

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Reviewing Predictions for HR

Jon Ingham posted a review of his predictions for 2010. You have to applaud the bravey and transparency, especially when Jon writes; These [predictions] included this video blog suggesting that HR needs more ambition (a point that I still strongly … Continue reading

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