Jul28

Group discussion is enough to shatter stereotypes

Group discussion is enough to shatter stereotypes

Having a short group discussion about why a negative stereotype is invalid is enough to overcome that stereotype and improve performance.

Posted in Innovation

Jul16

Creating a Postivie Work Culture

Findings from the International Congress of Applied Psychology

Creating a Postivie Work Culture

Much research has gone into understanding the role managers have in creating a positive work environment.  Interestingly findings presented at the recent International Congress of Applied Psychology in Australia support what we have known from our own personal consulting experience:

Posted in Business Management

Jul06

Cost Reduction Programs Fall to the Antecedent Effect

Cost Reduction Programs Fall to the Antecedent Effect

According to global management consulting firm McKinsey and Co only 10% of cost-reduction programs sustain their results three years on. In particular areas such as sales, general, and administrative costs are particularly hard to shift  while manufacturing efficiencies are easier to shift.

Posted in Lean, Change Management, Performance Improvement

Jul02

Why England Would Be Wise to keep Capello

Why England Would Be Wise to keep Capello

In typical knee jerk reaction style, many of the English tabloids as well as aggrieved ex football players are calling for the dismissal of Fabio Capello as coach of the English football team.  Some such as Roy Keane are putting the blame for their lack lustre performance on the players. If the English FA does remove Fabio Capello as coach then they are likely to be masking the real causes of their failure and in the process making Capello the scapegoat and setting back English football even further.

Posted in Performance Improvement

Jun16

Role Plays Lead To Better Decisions

Role Plays Lead To Better Decisions

Researchers from the Wharton Business School and the International Graduate School of Business at the University of Adelaide have proved that role play scenarios which involve participants to figuratively stand in the other person’s shoes (what we call 2nd position) is significantly more effective in forecasting outcomes that the use of experts or merely thinking about the situation.

Posted in Business Management, Innovation, Project Management

May28

Generating Momentum In Organisational Change

Generating Momentum In Organisational Change

Momentum is a word often bandied about in relation to organisational change. In my experience it is often used when momentum is absent; i.e. after any effects of the initial launch have worn off and a change initiative has stalled. Executives will then mistakenly suggest activities like a re-launch in order to generate momentum. It is obviously a desirable quality in any change, and I know when it is present because a change seems to be driving itself and does not need to be continuously poked and prodded.

In trying to produce a more scientific definition of momentum I remembered that I actually studied Physics at university and there found all the guidance I needed.

Posted in Change Management

Jan28

Recipe for creating a culture of innovation

Recipe for creating a culture of innovation

1) Teach people how to brainstorm ideas.
2) Allow them the time and budget to experiment.
3) Provide expert help if required - make it easy for your people to ask for help.
4) Do not punish them if they fail.

Posted in Business Management, Change Management, Innovation

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