From Out-Hustle to Out-Look

Fortune Magazine interviewed Dennis Lynch in early 2014 about his investment philosophy at Morgan Stanley. Key ideas: Take a long-term view in a world that thinks short-term. Markets with high growth rates offer good investment possibilities. Remember the fundamentals (long-term vision) and don’t get caught off guard by […]

Slinging Mud

I was talking with a colleague last week, and asked about a recent learning and development program on change management he attended. He said that in his discussions with prospective clients about adoption services for Office 365 he was often asked: “Is this real change management, or just […]

Envisioning a New Approach

Envisioning a new approach has two inputs: your understanding of the current reality of the work process or activity, and your newly developed understanding of what’s possible. Developing an understanding of both inputs with some degree of separation enables greater clarity of understanding due to single-tasking: you only […]

Wanted: A Presentist

With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh. The world is awash with futurists. Those who claim to see the future. As in the future […]

Embrace the Stupid First Draft

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. [Arthur Schopenhauer] People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. [Puck Magazine, 1903] The first version of anything is […]

Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye. Scientists in different fields embrace one or the other, developing the ability to use their selected tool to see with incredible detail […]

Study Beyond Your Industry

What could you learn from an operations manager at Schipol Airport, or an analyst at HSBC, or the man who schedules the trains for Network Rail or the process guy at the Department for Education? I bet their problems are not that different from yours, but they will […]

Shopping for Inspiration

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration. The intent doesn’t spring from a slavish desire to merely duplicate the exact […]

Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

On a day that I’m giving a workshop, I like to arrive at the location a couple of hours before everyone else. Sometimes the room has already been set out in a particular fashion, but other times the room is a blank canvas. When the room and furniture […]