Quarterly Updates

Please find summaries of recent research and commentary about leadership, intangibles and talent. The purpose of this work is distil and comment on some of the more interesting and articles shaping the field. There is no set criteria for inclusion, just that an article, survey or blog entry should be thought provoking, challenging or state more than the obvious.

Q1 2011


Welcome to the first update of 2011, we have lots to get through so let’s get started.

Featured in this issue:

  • The organisation as an ecosystem
  • The neuroscience of change and innovation
  • Rethinking promotion and recruitment
  • The problem with creative types!

Articles are included from Clayton Christensen, Gary Hamel, Oracle, Strategy and Business, Wharton and Prof. Vlata Hlupic. Read online or download here.

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Q4 2010

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

Featured in this issue are articles from: Steven Johnson, John Hagel, Peter Senge, Richard Donkin and examples include HCL, the NHS, Minnesota public schools and the Roman Empire! Read online or download here.

Q3 2010

Q3 2010


Welcome to the Q3 Quarterly Update for 2010. After the Summer lull, we have seen some thought provoking articles surrounding intangibles, HR, innovation and leadership. We’ll also explore the following themes;

  • Compensation and Motivation
  • The HR Conundrum
  • Relationships
  • Culture
  • Talent
  • Conclusion

Articles are included from the likes of AT&T, the Financial Times, Hay Group, Hewlett Packard, Science Magazine, Wharton Business School and Zappos.com. Read online or download here.

Q2 2010

Q2 2010

Welcome the second review of 2010. In this issue we have a ramble around current thinking on engagement, kick the tyres on organisational behaviour and give the old leadership tree a good shake. We'll also explore the following themes;

  • Engagement
  • Strategic HR
  • Productivity
  • Complexity
  • The Dunning Kruger Effect
  • High Potentials

Articles are included from the likes of Accenture, BP, Charlene Li, Gary Hamel, Google, HCL Technologies, MIT, Sainsbury’s, Seth Godin and Strategy + Business. Read online or download here.

Q1 2010

Q1 2010

Welcome to the first update for 2010. In the spirit of new beginnings, in this issue we will look at how the debate around organisational performance is widening. We'll also look at how after 18 months of economic chaos, the fundamentals of organisational behaviour and what everyone has taken for granted about motivation and engagement could have played a key role in recent events. We'll also touch on the following themes;

  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Human Capital
  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Myths surrounding Top Talent
  • New Ways to Engage via Social Network Analysis
  • Limits of Understanding around Managerial Behaviour
  • Passion and Purpose
  • Innovation Constraints
  • Managing Tacit Knowledge

Articles are included from the likes of Deliotte, Gary Hamel, Henry Minzberg, HR Magazine, Karen Stephenson, McKinsey and Strategy + Business. Read online or download here.


Q4 2009

Q4 2009

Welcome to the final Quarterly Review of 2009. This issue, in addition to the usual round-up, we have an interview with Mike Haffenden. Mike co-founded the Corporate Research Forum and was formerly HR Director for Hewlett-Packard. In this issue we touch on some of the following themes;

  • Thoughts on 2009
  • The Assumptions behind Motivation
  • Reverse Norms
  • Retention
  • Innovation
  • The Future of HR

Articles are included from the likes of the Harvard Business Review, Henry Mintzberg, HR Magazine, Jeffrey Pfeffer, MIT Sloan Review, Nokia, SuccessFactors and the Wall Street Journal. Read online or download here.


Q3 2009

Q3 2009

Reading through this quarter's articles, as with previous issues, engagement continues to be at the forefront of people's thoughts. Behind the engagement debate however there seems to be a growing call for a wider reappraisal of the fundamental way corporations are organised and for me personally, this is the most interesting aspect of this quarter's articles. Other themes include;

  • Shifting the Organisational Pyramid
  • The McLeod Review on Employee Engagement
  • The Leader/Manager Debate
  • Line Managers who Lead
  • The Intrinsic Motivation of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose
  • The Irrationality of Human Behaviour
  • Tomorrow's HR Professionals - A Multi-Disciplinary Background

Articles are included from the likes of Harvard Business School, Henry Mintzberg, HR Magazine, McKinsey, the McLeod Review, the Partnership Institute, Personnel Today, Strategy + Business and TED. Read online or download here.


Q2 2009

Q2 2009

Reading through this quarter's articles, there were plenty of pieces rehashing practical tips on how to deal with the recession. However, there are a number of interesting ideas and themes lurking beneath the surface;

  • Intangibles such as engagement, networking and collaboration are hot topics but managing these issues is easier said than done
  • New technologies have the potential to revolutionise the way we understand organisational behaviour, although the appetite for this information is as yet unclear
  • Line managers can play a pivotal role in developing engaged employees and this has implications for how organisations approach talent management
  • Firms are waking up to the importance of engagement, in these recessionary times, once costs have been stripped out, the need to do more with less is paramount
  • Knowledge is key to value creation but how we educate and train for working with this often intangible and unpredictable environment is unknown

Articles are included from the likes of the American Society for Training & Development, Aviva, Deloitte, Institute of Employment Studies, Professor David Guest, Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt. Read online or download here.


Q1 2009

Q1 2009

The fnancial crisis is still uppermost in people's minds and new ideas and insights are slowly emerging, interestingly not always from organisations which one would term the 'HR establishment'. Over and above this, other themes for this quarter include;

  • Leadership development is going nowhere fast
  • HR's relevance to an organisation's success
  • HR acting more like a teenager, or not
  • Command and control, enterprise 2.0 and amplified workers
  • Successful recruitment via a self directing process
  • A lack of creativity and death by data
  • The big picture HR role
  • Innovation, change and new ideas

Articles have been included from the likes of Capital One, CFO.com, Cisco, McKinsey, Microsoft, Harvard Business School and Towers Perrin. Read online or download here.


Q4 2008

Q4 2008

Unsurprisingly, many articles are focusing on what it will take to emerge from the current downturn in a position of strength. As such the main themes focus on;

  • Is creativity and intelligence being filtered out of the system?
  • The need to let go of many of HR's traditional functions
  • The need for senior level sponsorship
  • The psychological change agenda
  • Managing talent
  • Ethics and employee branding

In this issue, articles have been included from the likes of Deloitte, IBM, McKinsey, The Hay Group and Towers Perrin. Read online or download here.

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