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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]

Who makes the best CEO?

I am frequently asked the question: what sort of person makes the best CEO?

Does a man or a woman make a better CEO? Is it better to have a young CEO or an older one? Is being an extrovert leader better than being an introvert?… [read more]

How your assumptions might be tripping you up

Every day you make decisions about events, reports, people or products. Yet research indicates that 65% of these decisions will be wrong.

One reason is that most decisions rest on our tacit assumptions and these are often untested and even unconscious.… [read more]

Mind meld is real and a great business asset

Using good conversational tools you can literally get on someone’s wavelength and form a solid relationship. According to new research from Princeton, when two people talk and listen to each other respectfully new research their brains literally synch up. You can master this process to enhance problem-solving, influencing and leadership.… [read more]