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Doug Mather
London, UK
Specialist in Human Behaviour, Performance & Change
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Belief No. 3 for a High Performance Organisation Individuals and organisations perform at their best when they work together, rather than against each other. In previous posts I've looked at how people want to do the best job they posibly can, and that they can be trusted to do it.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
Absolutely spot on, Tim. Thanks for your contribution. :)
Toggle Commented May 6, 2011 on People Can Be Trusted at Doug Mather's Blog
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Belief No. 2 for a High Performance Organisation "There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world—one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
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Belief No. 1 for a High Performance Organisation I first started work in my family business when I was 19. It was an iron foundry, employing about 50 people, and I was the 4th generation of my family to work there. We had a very stable workforce and, with surprising... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
Frank, you're so right about the time and patience, although sometimes, I think, if you're willing to REALLY go with the trust, the time factor can shrink dramatically. I don't know if you've read Stephen M R Covey's "Speed of Trust" in which he proposes the idea that in any relationship, as Trust goes up, Speed and Cost come down. If you haven't read it, it's a very cool, simple and brief book (I like brief books) and well worth the read. If you have, then you'll already know that.
Klaus, it's interesting what you say about the behaviours in the far east - it sounds very much like what used to happen in the UK, and I guess the rest of Europe back in the 70s - when employers were always trying to squeeze every little extra piece of profit out of their employees, and the employees were trying to grab every little extra piece they could from the company. Not much room for trust in those relationships!
I completely agree with you, Tim. AND, I'd suggest that in organisations where trust and respect for the leadership is missing, those leaders are much more likely to hold the 2nd set of beliefs than the first - how much trust and respect would you have for someone who thought that about you? And, not surprisingly, the people will have similar beliefs about the leaders - the most influential being "they can't be trusted." In those kind of organisations, if you can't get the leaders to shift their beliefs, then, as you say, whatever you do with the employees will have very little effect.
When it comes to maximising people's performance at work, I hold three key beliefs that underlie all my thinking and actions: People want to do the best job they possibly can They can be trusted Individuals and organisations perform at their best when they work together, rather than against each... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
Inspired by Ted Coine’s recent blog “Don’t be a Twit” (find him on twitter as @tedcoine) and some subsequent conversations with TrueTwit users, I decided to put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keys. The increasing number of TrueTwit validation requests I get is really beginning to irritate me,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
Given enough time, I could probably come up with literally hundreds of reasons why collaboration within and between organisations is a really, really good idea. But as it's Friday afternoon I think I'll keep it brief and start off with just 4. And then I'll break each of those 4... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
How many times have you heard or said something that sounds broadly like "Our people are our most valuable asset"? I know it's a cliche, but I imagine that most people reading this would, at least generally, agree with that sentiment. Well, here's the bad news: IT'S NOT TRUE! What's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
I enjoyed an excellent lunch with a group of women business leaders yesterday. At one point the conversation turned to the recent "sexist banter" incident at Sky Sports, that resulted in the sacking of Andy Gray, and resignation of Richard Keys. I was quite surprised that everyone who expressed an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
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Now is the perfect time to review what you did and what you achieved over the past year, and invent ways to build powerfully on it and make your next year even better. In the day to day hurly burly of life and business we hardly ever take time out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
Two people I know died over the Christmas holidays. The first one, Colin, had a profound influence on me 40 years ago. He was one of my favourite teachers at school. I liked and respected him, and the feeling was reciprocated. As a result, I wanted to learn from him,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Doug Mather's Blog
I've just launched a Brand New Free 2 hour Seminar The first dates in London are 6th, 9th & 14th December - booking, venue & time details below Collaboration - the key to Bigger, Better & Faster Exclusively for Owners & Senior Managers of Small-Medium Businesses Why you should attend:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
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I decided to pay a little visit to the Apple store on London's Regent Street this morning. It's one of those places I gravitate to when I'm in the area and have a few spare minutes, for no other reason than I just love being there. And that's the point,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
Doing stuff together with other people just works. - and it can be very easy. Whether it's work, rest or play, sharing the load/experience/fun with someone else invariably produces a worthwhile outcome. When it somes to business, I believe passionately in the power and benfit of collaboration within, and between,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
Do you remember how just two years ago millions of people both inside and outside the US were enthused and excited by the possibilities they saw for the future, and delighted in using the phrase “Yes we can!” One morning last week on the “Today” programme on BBC Radio 4,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
Over 2500 years old, this is one of my favourite leadership quotes. Empowering others, rather than self glorification, lies at the heart of real leadership - try telling that to some of the big business egos! To lead people, walk beside them... As for the best leaders, the people do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
Say what you're going to do Do what you said you'd do If anything goes wrong, as quickly as possible, let people know what happened, the consequences & what action you're taking. In other words return to 1 and repeat. This is one in an occasional series of short thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
We all have things that we'd prefer not to do right now, even though we know they will bring long term benefits. We'd rather exchange that long term benefit for present pleasure. And often we justify it by saying "I can always do that tomorrow." (aka procrastination) This morning my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
For pretty much all of the 30+ years that I’ve been in business, I have employed the power of collaboration. Before I did what I do now, I ran an engineering business based in Kent. It was my family business, I was the fourth generation of my family to work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
I’ve just started to play with a new “toy” that I bought recently. So far, it seems like it may be one of the coolest computer things I’ve done since I changed from PC to Mac. It’s a software package called MacSpeech Dictate, and the amazing thing is, it actually... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
So, George Osborne has done his thing, we've had the "Emergency" Budget, and now all the pontificators, pundits & politicians are giving us the benefit of their "analysis". Except that the majority of the "analysis" is nothing of the sort - more accurately it is opinion and speculation about what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog
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Did you see Question Time on BBC1 on Thursday night?It was pretty incredible. On one side of David Dimbleby sat Michael Heseltine and Simon Hughes, together representing the new Liberal-Conservative (note big C) progressive coalition government. On the other side were ranged the entire gamut of conservatism (small c), represented... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at Doug Mather's Blog