Signs of a broken organisation

A combination of the following behaviours and conditions, seen consistently over a period of time, can be a sign that things are not well in an organisation. Senior…

Incremental acceptance of the unacceptable

Social disasters stem from the gradual acceptance of unacceptable (but small) changes. Step by unchallenged little step, we march as a whole towards a greater outcome we would…

Asking the wrong questions of politicians

When our politicians make terrible decisions, when we struggle to comprehend their seemingly illogical or irrational support for certain causes, we often ask the wrong question. Why do…

EQ visualised

This is my visualisation of Daniel Goleman’s definition of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as he described in the video below.

Problems in an ego-driven business

When a business is primarily driven by the owner’s ego, the following problems often arise: Wrong priorities: The ego’s needs come first. Everybody else, including customers, must come…

The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from…

$500 census server

QUT students design a $500 cloud-based census server four times better than IBM’s $9 million system. This article about two university students creating a system over a weekend…

If you truly feared failure…

This is an interesting reframe: “People who think they fear failure have got it wrong. They really fear success. If you truly feared failure, you’d be very successful.”…

Five steps to tyranny

This documentary explored why normal everyday people do horrible things or allow horrible things to happen; and consequently how tyranny arises out of ordinary societies. These lessons are…

Making THEM change

I have sometimes joked that this is the ultimate change management tool. People I have said it to have generally found it funny. Because we recognise the underlying…

Ideals vs perfectionism

I have on a few occasions heard this said with derision and disdain: “Ideals (and values) just hold us back.” I think a lot of the time this…

No one succeeds on their own

We (and the media) often celebrate a loud and charismatic leader as The One championing a movement. We forget the masses of behind-the-scenes individuals that enable this one…

Leadership fishtanks

A poor leader is like this fishtank design. It is all about surface showy bits designed to draw attention to the tank itself, detracting from the content within….

Pink flamingo legacy

Don Featherstone invented, inventor of the pink (plastic) flamingo died this year aged 79. This brought to mind the idea of legacy. What do we leave behind? What…

Visualising De Waag

I recently had the great privilege of visiting De Waag Society in Amsterdam. I think of De Waag as a modern day art and technology guild (like the…

Cross-ed FTW

I had the privilege to attend the final presentation of MediaLAB Amsterdam students recently. The message from students and staff is clear: there is immense value in cross-disciplinary…

9,000 year commitment

In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for the brewery in Dublin. Now that is commitment to a vision. Can you imagine signing a 5 or…

Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving a car along a potholed road is like applying brute force to solve a problem. You are going to feel the effects of the potholes. The harder…

From big external to small internal

From one of many discussions with the ineffable Bob Jacobson. Here on control, drivers for action, influence, and empowerment. Global village Village global People power Personal empowerment Mass Personal Fast…

You don't need to have it allfigured out to move forward. -- Dale Partridge

We don’t have to have it all figured out

Tackling complex problems in a world that is changing quickly is like travelling through multiple airports in succession. We are faced with different situations, stimuli and challenges to…

The Divine One

In the business media, we love to celebrate the Divine One – like Steve Jobs. Undoubtedly, Apple would not be where it is today without Steve Jobs. But…

measuring instruments

We get what we measure

“…the best and brightest are now working on ways to save fractions of pennies through efficiency instead of product development. And the problem lies in the way that…

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Excuses for not improving

These common excuses keep organisations stuck repeating the same mistakes or unethical behaviours. Tradition: We have always done this. Rules: We just do what we are told we…

run down barn

Blinded by potential?

Seeing the potential in a person or a situation is great. It is one of the strengths of being a problem solver, a designer, a fixer. But we…

 

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