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What Does a Thriving Organisation Look Like?

We call organisations where people thrive Why-Based Organisations because, in order for people to thrive, they have to be working on things that really matter to them. These organisations know their Why – their ‘cause, purpose, or belief’ – as defined by Simon Sinek. But more specifically, the Why identifies the unique contribution an organisation makes in the […]

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Leading Change; we’re not getting it right

We hope our leaders enrol us into inspiring futures, and engage us in the hard work required to bring this into reality, even when at first it might seem impossible to do so. We also expect leaders to walk the talk and to demonstrate what living from that future looks like in the face of everyday challenges. Therefore, leading change is at the very core of what it means to be a leader.

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Being a Leader

I recently came across this quote from John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States, who was in office from 1825-1829. It reminded me that leadership is not a title, a role or a position; it is simply who you are being for others. When I talk about leadership I ask the audience one simple question: If there is one thing that you need to be a leader, what is it?

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When Incremental Change Provides Little Comfort

We often joke that change is the one thing that is constant in life. There is easy access to plenty of research and publications about the relative merits of different approaches, yet we also hear that the majority of change efforts fail to meet the planned results. How can this be for such an important subject area, given that many business rely so heavily on change processes to deliver [...]

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Perspectives: The Organisation as an Energy Source

An Organisation in its simplest form can be viewed as a collection of people who share a common belief and have got together to be able to accomplish more of it than they could individually. Thinking about an organisation as the sum of all these people and the energy they bring, both individually and more significantly when working effectively together, gives us access to better understanding [...]

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Performance: It’s all about the Context

When the results we’re getting give us mediocre or unsatisfying performance, what should we do? It's said that Einstein remarked, “Doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Repeating what we have always done will doubtless get us the results we have already been getting, however we often hope for more. So what should we do?