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Bay Jordan
Inspiring organisational transformation through my 'Every Individual Matters' Model
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Change has been endemic in business for decades. Yet identifying, initiating and implementing it successfully has never been straightforward and results almost invariably fall short of expectations. All too often this failure is attributed to employees’ reluctance to change and... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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The perpetual balancing act between selfishness and selflessness, or self-interest and group-interest, is evolutionarily fundamental. So much so that it has been described as “The Paradox of Being Human.” Thus, while I have written about it before, I have not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Recently I came across an article in the July-August 2015 Harvard Business Review entitled, “People before Strategy.” (I am not sure the link will work, but you can try clicking here to read it for yourself.) I was particularly struck... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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“Mine!” Who hasn’t heard a young child say that? The concept of ownership is one of our most primitive senses. Indeed, I once read that the difference between North American and South American history, (both colonised around the same time)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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In 1991 Charles Handy concluded that the basic purpose of an organisation is to perpetuate itself within the context of the environment in which it operates. You might not have thought about it in quite that way, but that conviction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Of course you are not a talking head. But are you – or any members of your team – in danger of becoming one or being seen as one? A talking head is defined as “A person, especially a news... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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“Fortune favours the bold.” Or, perhaps Queen Elizabeth I’s legendary rendering of the sentiment as “Faint heart never won fair maiden”, may be more appropriate here. But, whichever statement you prefer, it’s true. After finally unveiling 'Love at Work' after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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The idea was novel. It had promise. It was exciting. Yet part of me still baulked. “People won’t take me seriously.” “I will be ridiculed.” “It is too alien: no businessman would be interested.” Those were just some of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Continuing with the recent theme of leadership and the question of whether or not you are a good leader, here is something else you can do to find out. Ask yourself, “Do I focus on value?” That might seem like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Continuing with the last week’s theme and pursuing the subject of leadership and the question of whether or not you are a good leader, another area worth assessing is your organisational well-being. Is this a topic you ever consider and,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Imagine, right now, that you are attached to a lie-detector and you are asked, “Are you a good business leader?” How would you answer? If you are supremely confident, you might respond quickly, “Of course!” If you are more modest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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Change is an integral part of life. So much so that we are often completely unaware of it. We simply wake up one day to the realization that something familiar isn’t quite the same as we thought it was. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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You don’t have to be a leader to be aware of the pace of change and the challenges of competing and surviving in today’s global market. As a leader, however, you certainly face them every working hour; perhaps every waking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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You probably know that, if you put a frog in cold water and slowly heat it, it will eventually boil to death. This fact was popularised by management guru Charles Handy in his 1989 book, “The Age of Unreason.” But,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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We are now well into the new year. As the days pass and you settle back into your routine, you may find yourself struggling to keep your resolutions. You may even already have broken them. Certainly all the promise of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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“Mine!” “No! Mine!” How often have you seen that scenario play out? I certainly found it a recurring theme over the holidays as I watched my two very young grandchildren play. And I would guess that 95 out of 100... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Zealise Blog
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It seems to come around more quickly than ever, as if trying to catch you by surprise. Nevertheless, ready or not, it is once again the time of the year to take a break from business and the responsibilities of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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Rather ironically, hours after posting my blog last week (Cats, Caterpillars and Business), I received reinforcing information that substantiated all my points. And from no less an authority than Professor Gary Hamel. He enumerates the staggering scale of efficiencies that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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Have you ever noticed how sensitive a cat’s fur is? Barely touch a sleeping cat and it will twitch where you touch it. It’s purely reflex, I know, but it is something I love doing and always makes me smile.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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When will we learn, or, as Bob Dylan put it, “When will we ever learn?” That is the question I found myself pondering after reading two very different articles this week. The first was actually a very constructive piece, “Cultivating... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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As a human being you cannot survive on your own. It doesn’t matter how capable or self-sufficient you consider yourself to be, it is practically impossible. Interdependence is an inescapable fact of life. If you are a manager or leader,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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You couldn’t have made it up! In a world where the excesses of business have fuelled strong – sometimes violent – protests against capitalism and corporate malfeasance, Donald Trump won the US election because he was perceived as a businessman!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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Less than 3% of leadership time is spent on collectively building a view of the future. At least, so said Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad in their book “Competing for the Future.” You might find some comfort in the fact... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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It is encouraging to know that employee ownership is becoming increasingly popular and more widespread. According to Chief Executive Magazine the number of worker-owned businesses in the US is growing around 6% per year and such businesses now account for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Zealise Blog
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You could count all the words of Spanish I know on one hand, but “No Mas!” is a phrase I remember well (thanks to an historical boxing match last century.) But it took on a new relevance this past week.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Zealise Blog