Entries by Phillip

Steve Jobs’ Legacy – Design Your Own Life

While there are many things worth celebrating of Steve Jobs’s life, the greatest gift Steve gave us is a way to design our own lives. Steve Jobs was known for being a design god who sweated experience, and pixels and, well, everything. “Design,” he once said (http://allthingsd.com/20111005/steve-jobs-in-his-own-words/) , “is a funny word. Some people think […]

Time to get past the carrot and the stick

Source: HC Online by Stephanie Zillman The notion that if you pay people more, you’ll get more – more productivity, more engagement, more ROI – is being turned on its head by an increasingly large body of research confirming what some forward thinking leaders have been aware of for years: cash will only get you so far. […]

Why Teams Matter

While the book Why Teams Matter by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith was written twenty years ago, the principles contained in the excerpt reproduced here remain sound. While teams are critically important to organisations, the construct ‘team’ is overused and poorly understood. This article focuses on how we might understand teams better, in particular the […]

Professional Development: Communication and Negotiation Skills for Women

A TWO day course boosting your performance as a communicator, influencer & to decision-maker. Use your understanding of communication styles to impact others. Tonkin’s Communication & Negotiation for Women explores the importance of using effective communication in the workplace or in life. In every workplace we constantly forge new relationships as we go about our […]

The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

BR by Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin, and Elizabeth Powers The Idea in Brief A brilliant strategy may put you on the competitive map. But only solid execution keeps you there. Unfortunately, most companies struggle with implementation. That’s because they over-rely on structural changes, such as reorganization, to execute their strategy. Though structural change […]

How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better

HBR by Graham Jones June 2008 Until 1954, most people believed that a human being was incapable of running a mile in less than four minutes. But that very year, English miler Roger Bannister proved them wrong. “Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt,” […]

Taking the wrong action in organisations is endemic

A study conducted by John Kotter in 1996 and more recent research conducted by McKinsey, show that seven out of ten change efforts fail. How can this be so? More importantly, how much money is mismanagement of change costing your organisation? The figure may well frighten you, but as a rough estimate, calculate the cost […]