18May

Tips for Dealing with a Culture of Avoidance

Avoidance of dealing with unacceptable behaviour and performance can be a big part of the culture of many organisations across commerce and government, costing them loss of talent, productivity, innovation and opportunity. This avoidance culture leaves the organisation vulnerable to serious disruption by competitors who are more agile and performance focused with a culture of read more

30Apr

Would You Work With Us Like This?

Imagine you are the CEO of a sizeable enterprise with annual revenue of circa $200 million. You are experiencing a recent and growing loss of talent. New hires aren’t staying much longer than six months and some of your longer term employees, even leader contenders are leaving too. Your enquiries make it clear to you read more

28Apr

If You Were Managing Partner Would You Have The Courage To Do This?

Gary (not his real name) is the managing partner of a second-tier professional service firm. At a recent partners’ meeting Gary asked the question: “What big thing do we need to address to take us to the next level or avert a potential problem?” It was a genuine question and he wanted his fellow partners’ read more

01May

Elephant Hunting in the Boardroom – the best place to start.

Having spent my early career hunting humans, I know hunting elephants is as great a challenge. I don’t mean hunting elephants in the wild or on game reserves. I mean in the boardroom and in the organisation. The boardroom is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If there’s an elephant in the boardroom, there’s at read more

26Nov

The Elephant in the Boardroom

There it was. This great grey amorphic beast filling all the gaps around the boardroom table, spilling over the table and into their documents. The board themselves were tainted with its grey tones. It was no wonder the C-level team believed they “managed” the board. The elephant hunter was called in to deal with it. read more