Category Organisation Behaviour

Freedom is not Fun

“You can take my life, but you cannot take my freedom” William Wallace (through the mouth of Mel Gibson) Freedom sounds like good stuff.  Generations have fought and died to allow us the individual freedom that we enjoy today. Freedom is not the freedom from something, it is the freedom to choose to do or not […]

What does the Board do?

This post describes Corporate Boards – What do they do? How do I join one? and What are my responsibilities as a Director? A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of a company or organization, which can include a non-profit organization or a government agency […]

6 keys to leading positive change: Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Do you want to start something? Do you want to grow something? Do you want to make the world a better place? Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Professor that has spent her life looking at what it takes for leaders to get things done. 6 Keys to Leading Positive Change Show up – if […]

The 4 Kinds of Work

There are 2 ways to categorize work: cognitive or manual repetitive or non-repetitive. 4 Kinds of Work There are basically 4 kinds of work: Manual repetitive – Assembly line factory worker, farm labourer Cognitive repetitive – Call center operative, Bank teller Manual non-repetitive – Jewellery maker, Custom car builder Cognitive non-repetitive – Project manager, Sales of large complex […]

It’s Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar

They lie, they manipulate and they pick fights: Some colleagues are ruthless, especially when it comes to their own professional advancement. Avoiding a toxic employee can save a company more than twice as much as bringing on a star performer.  The trouble with Toxics is that they are difficult to detect. Often, Toxics are popular with […]

12 Abuses: Ancient Irish Wisdom for Kings

De duodecim abusivis saeculi “On the Twelve Abuses of the World” is a self-help book written by an Irish author between 630 and 700AD.  You could say that it was the earliest precursor to Steven Covey, Brian Tracy or Jim Rohn. The work was widely propagated throughout Europe by Irish missionaries in the 8th century. Its authorship was often […]

When You Lead There Is No Such Thing As A Trivial Act

The title of this post came from a summary of a talk by Pat Murray. As a leader, people watch every single act.  If you are in a bad mood and act out of that bad mood, people think that is who you are.  Words are generally ignored, we watch what you allow to happen. As […]

Bad Little Rude Behaviours

What’s the most annoying “little rude behaviour” you see around you?   A recent New York Times article tells me that science is now showing that it pays to be nice to those around you at work.  Little rude behaviours generate a group of people looking forward to see you fall on your face.  Little kindnesses […]

Kung Fu is Not a Science

Physics is a science. Geology is a science. Chemistry is a science. What is Science? “Science: (from Latin scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organises knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge […]

The Quality of a Leader’s Intent

Two leaders in the same circumstances doing the same thing can bring about completely different outcomes. I’ve often wondered why. It is more than just luck. It is an inner quality of certain leaders. There is a quality to certain people’s intent, capacity to observe without judging, capacity to see a new way to put […]

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By Milica Ilic

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"All the great speakers were bad speakers at first." — Ralph W. Emerson

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