Category Archives: Managing for business success

Great expectations for 2013

Q: What will 2013 hold for you? A: It depends on you: what you expect, what you desire and what you do. What are your expectations, as an individual or business, for 2013? Great expectations fuel desire which then becomes … Continue reading

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The Ill-Informed Walrus

“How’s it going down there?” barked the Big Walrus from his high rock. He waited for good news. Down below the smaller walruses conferred hastily among themselves. Things weren’t going well but no one wanted to risk his ferocious bark. … Continue reading

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A no-brainer

Could your workplace be killing you? Are you destroying your brain and don’t realise it? Some interesting (life threatening) findings are converging in one place: the workplace. This is disturbing given the frequency with which I hear about stress in … Continue reading

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TrAction Planning

Kevin Roberts of Saatchi and Saatchi said “Execution is the killer app.” One thing most people don’t need is more information. But most people could do with more APPLICATION of what they know. More ACTION (or TRACTION). This is nothing … Continue reading

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Stop the fish rotting

My earliest recall is Enron and Andersen Consulting (accused of obstruction of justice for shredding documents); many more since then where key authority figures are dealt a blow due to rampant risk taking either by them or others on their … Continue reading

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Why executive coaching doesn’t work

Now that I have your attention,  I’ll hasten to add that I do one-to-one coaching under certain circumstances, and can refer people in other circumstances to my colleagues who specialise in this area. Mostly, I use a Systems approach, which … Continue reading

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The Great Game of Leadership

Eric Berne wrote “Games People Play” – there is nothing more common in business than “The Leadership Game.” Like all games, some degree of fantasy is involved. The players pick up rules along the way and observe others to acquire … Continue reading

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Billiard balls and business

Most of us remember school physics and the cause-effect lessons in a game of billiards.  What interests me now is cause-effect in business. What is it that makes certain (target) outcomes certain? Is that not what we all want to … Continue reading

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Who’s the Boss?

A conversation with a client a week ago in the Cook Islands turned to the subject of a Parent/Child culture. I was quick to reassure her that this exists in every country and most companies I have seen i.e. wherever … Continue reading

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Bad bosses the real reason behind Kiwi brain drain

This is the title of an article featured on the Auckland University  website (http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/template/news_item) on 8 August 2011 Senior economist/Assoc Business School Professor  cites research into 152 New Zealand companies that shows our businesses rank 16th  out of 16 countries … Continue reading

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