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New Year’s Resolutions and Falling off the Wagon
Laden with guilt, extra weight and fear of going broke, it’s no wonder we are all suckers for New Year’s Resolutions. I make pretty much the same ones every year and like boomerangs, they always come back, unchanged by their flight into wishful thinking.
I’m reminded of that scene in the hit film Airplane, when Lloyd Bridges realises he’s taken on too many [...]
We are so seduced by those short, self-administered tests that promise to reveal our ‘true north’. They will help us identify all sorts of hidden strengths, from our ability to brainstorm through to our natural leadership talent. The fact that it only takes 60 seconds to run the test is also a big attraction…..
But now and then, you may come across a really worthwhile article that goes beyond the over-simplified diagnosis so beloved of the Cosmo-style questionnaire.
In January 2011, McKinsey [...]
I was recently facilitating a Work-Out session with a very dynamic company. We were focusing on building change from the bottom up, engaging staff by asking them what their solutions were to problems. But we had a problem. Staff were coming up with great action points but were then finding it difficult to work on their ideas once they went back to their desks. We were stalling because the old excuse ‘I’m too busy’ was being [...]
So you’ve cut the costs to the bone. You’re working with half the numbers you worked with three years ago. Your team is feeling demotivated and you’ve run out of ideas. Are you stuck? Not at all. Like Michael Caine in The Italian Job, it’s a case of: “Just a minute, Lads. I’ve got a great idea!”
Talk to the people who are closest to the challenge. Recently I’ve been working with a number of organisations [...]