Posts Categorized: Articles

The problem with guilt

Every human society has a system of laws and moral codes which order the way people can live together, work together and collaborate with each other to do business together. When people “intentionally” break these laws and codes, we all them “guilty.” This paper looks in detail at some of the drivers of guilt and how we might look at the ideas of guilt and innocence in a new and perhaps more productive light.… [read more]

Agile and still angry

Written by Alicia Fortinberry and published by Lawyers Weekly

A short while ago I delivered a leadership program to all levels of a large and highly successful law firm with offices in many countries. I was struck by the common thread of helplessness, isolation and fear from top to bottom, which had not been there to anything like that extent the year before.… [read more]

A dog called Everything and the law

A Rottweiler called “Everything” died five years ago.  On the anniversary of this tragic event his owner paid a special tribute to his beloved dog in a social media tribute that went viral.  Everyone loves and trusts their own dogs, even though many people don’t trust dogs—especially large ones—in general.… [read more]

Culture Change in organizations

In this Friday’s Feature article (April 2016 Edition), DR. Bob Murray looks at the challenges of changing ‘culture’ in organisations:

‘Yet another attempt to change bank culture is on the way. Eyes roll, nothing changes. What’s new?

For some reason, the big thing now is culture change.… [read more]

Does where you live dictate your temperament?

Or do people of similar temperament gravitate to the same place? Or does temperament behave like a virus spreading from one person to another within a particular region? None seem particularly convincing explanations for a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social psychology.… [read more]

The real value of values

There is no question that a strong sense of values boosts the quality of life and even survival of individuals. I was therefore recently intrigued but not really surprised to see a study published in the January 2012 edition of Psychological Science saying that even spending 15 minutes a day writing about values that you hold dear can help obese people lose weight.… [read more]

One firm approach: learning from evolutionary biology

Everybody knows that beer is produced from fermenting yeast. OK, good. Now, hands up all of you who knew that yeast is a single-celled creature that reproduces asexually?

And, what has that to do with the job of leadership in creating a cooperative one firm approach to business?
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How to inspire people—Part 2

The how-to of being inspiring…

To inspire through ideas you need to have a spiritual message. This need not be religious and indeed in the context of work a religious message may well be out of place. But it has to give people the feeling that you can connect them to some higher purpose.… [read more]

Happy workers are not necessarily most productive workers …

For a long time now researchers have been saying that happy workers are productive workers. It has almost become a mantra with many consultancies, and indeed a number of them have made this their chief and only credo.

Well research coming in now is tending to show that in the words of the immortal George Gershwin “It ain’t necessarily so!”

The research…

Researchers led by Dr Steven Wood (2012) from the University of Leicester have recently completed a study on productivity, job satisfaction and happiness to try and find the best management method for an efficient and satisfied workplace.… [read more]

How to inspire people—Part 1

Inspire: From Latin inspirare—to breathe

Let me begin with a statement of the obvious, for which I profusely apologize in advance. However this obvious statement is often forgotten by corporate leaders, firm partners and even politicians. Leaders engage and inspire others—that is how their work gets done.… [read more]