Pointing North vs. Going North

Pointing North vs. Going North

The Challenge (Part 1): Get your team or organisation into a room, have everyone close their eyes and point North. Continuing to point to their ‘North’ of choice – let people take a look around the room. Invariably you will have people pointing in different

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Writing Culture Down Matters…

Writing Culture Down Matters…

At first it seems counterintuitive to ‘write’ down your culture. Where would you even start? Culture isn’t exactly tangible, after all. But it should be. Culture has to be tangible to survive scale and to proliferate throughout an organisation. Letting it remain this ‘intangible thing’ is the biggest

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Rewarding Failure

Rewarding Failure

If you’re asking why on earth would we do something crazy like rewarding failure, you should probably start here. Where we want innovation, there must be failure. The problem is detaching shame from failure and making it ok to try things and fail at work. We’ve

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Would you write a Failure CV?

Would you write a Failure CV?

Why on earth would you want to advertise your failures? Failures make us feel ashamed – that’s not exactly a feeling we want to perpetuate. Futhermore how could advertising your failures ever help you progress in your career? The problem is that failing at something at

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What Hackathons did for Facebook’s Culture (10 Takeaways)

What Hackathons did for Facebook’s Culture (10 Takeaways)

In an incredibly insightful article, ex Director of Engineering at Facebook, Pedram Keyani unpacks some of the magic of the +/- 40 ‘hackathons’ he ran at Facebook over the past 7 years. If you don’t have time for the full article (6 min read) here are 10 of the

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Deliberate Learning Through The Lens Of Exercise

Deliberate Learning Through The Lens Of Exercise

“People who don’t spend at least 5-10 hours a week in online learning will obsolete themselves with technology” Randall Stephenson, CEO AT&T.  I came across this quote in a brilliant article from INC. The article focuses on the practice of deliberate learning or the ‘Five-Hour Rule’,

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“No Meeting Wednesdays”

“No Meeting Wednesdays”

We all have those days where it’s virtually impossible to get any work done, because we are in and out of meetings all day. A lot of the time these can turn into a full week of ‘sitting in meetings’ rather than getting sh*t done.

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“Your Compliance Will Be Rewarded”

“Your Compliance Will Be Rewarded”

This gem recently landed in my inbox: Organized bureaucracies thrive on compliance. It makes it easier to tell people what to do. But contribution is the only way that tribes thrive, the best way to make change happen and the essence of being part of a

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An Email Never Mobilised Anyone

An Email Never Mobilised Anyone

The untapped power of mouth-led communication in organisations. No matter the organisation size, industry, or location it is almost guaranteed that communication will come up as a ‘pain point’ when analysing an organisation’s effectiveness.   Why are so many organisations really failing at communication? More

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People Are The First To Go – Wrongly So

People Are The First To Go – Wrongly So

  At the first signs of trouble in businesses, be it recession, industry downturn or alike – people are always, curiously, the first to go. When business gets tough, people get sacked. Call it what you will, retrenchment, lay-off, either way, companies are very quick to

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