A Finance Manager, Ops Manager, Human Resource Manager and a group of Employees walk into a bar. They all fight over whose round it is. End of joke! The Finance Manager had noticed that the Ops Manager and HR Manager always ask for more money than they need. They also noticed that every year they spend … Continue reading The cause of poor workplace performance – no matter which way you look at it.
This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of countless ideas that have made their way into … Continue reading You can do work that matters for people who care.
"Ladies and gentleman. The financial performance is not enough. The real thing is the harmony within the company. If you have the harmony within the company the financial performance will arrive. If you don’t have the harmony inside the company the financial performance, even if you have them, will be lost. The real key is … Continue reading Ladies and gentleman. The financial performance is not enough!
This article was first published on LinkedIn by Dr Kelvyn Youngman. It is re-published here with permission. Introduction Very few people understand subordination. No, it's true! In contrast, almost everyone understands exploitation. So, how can this be? Well, exploitation is instinctful and subordination is not. Subordination is thoughtful. We most easily understand exploitation, instinctfully, as a matter of … Continue reading Exploitation and Subordination Reframed as Productivity and Utility
"It would seem to be so self‑evident that maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with maximum prosperity for the employé, ought to be the two leading objects of management, that even to state this fact should be unnecessary. And yet there is no question that, throughout the industrial world, a large part of the organization … Continue reading It would seem to be so self‑evident that maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with maximum prosperity for the employé, ought to be the two leading objects of management …
“We are in the middle of one of the most profound shifts in human history, where the primary work of mankind is moving from the Industrial Age of “control” to the Knowledge Worker Age of “release.”Stephen R Covey The quote above is from the foreword of "Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning … Continue reading ‘Command and Control’ or ‘Facilitate and Release’
“The largest continuing hemorrhaging cost in every organisation is the time that people are wasting basically protecting and looking out for themselves.”- Robert Kegan
It is estimated that employees spend 42% of their time engaging in or attempting to resolve conflict and 20% of Managers time is consumed with conflict related issues. Masters and Albright (2002), in The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace, point out that people thrive on conflict in most areas of their lives–football games, political debates, legal … Continue reading What is Interest-Based Problem-Solving?
Can we move the whole by focusing on just one part? I wonder what Archimedes would have said?
Finding the synergy between Consumer Value, Commercial Responsibility and Culture has been the key to Air New Zeland success … “Our customer centricity, commercial focus, and highly engaged culture have made Air New Zealand the most revered company in our part of the world as reflected in our corporate reputation rankings on both sides of the Tasman.”Mr … Continue reading Air New Zealand, the 3C’s and HPE
For collective problem solving to be really effective there are three things to get right: 1. Get the right people in the room. It seems obvious but often goes unchecked. Do you have the subject matter expertise in the room or, at a minimum, do you have access to them? Are the decision makers present … Continue reading Collective problem solving – three tips to make it work better.
There are fundamentally two approaches to dealing with resistance to change. First, we can see the power in it and utilise it in the same way as Dr. Kegan and Dr. Lahey suggest in my last post or, we can see it as harmful and try to eliminate it. In 2001 Prof. Victoria Mabin and … Continue reading Remove resistance or harness it?
“We are in the middle of one of the most profound shifts in human history, where the primary work of mankind is moving from the Industrial Age of “control” to the Knowledge Worker Age of “release.”– Stephen R Covey For centuries people have organised themselves into collective groups. We all know that when we work … Continue reading What is High Performance through Engagement?
"It's worth remembering that we lived in tribes for millennia, long before we learned how to speak. Emotional connection is our default. We only added words and symbolic logic much later. There are a few places where all that matters is the words. Where the force of logic is sufficient to change the moment. The rest … Continue reading Facilitating change – the real issues are …
What is culture? 'Culture' is a term that has become an important part of any organisation's vocabulary and a defining characteristic when talking about the organisation to both employees and customers. However, what it really means, how it works, and the impact it has on performance are often misunderstood. At Human Synergistics International, they define "culture" … Continue reading How Culture Works
In a previous post I described Efrat's Cloud, a very effective way to explain why we resist change. Human thinking and behaviour is very complex. In order to make something complex easier to understand a picture can paint a thousand words. While Efrat's cloud is a picture that describes the dynamics of our thinking and … Continue reading How we resist change.
"There is a cloud that, in a way, haunts me, or at least I keep finding it everywhere that I look, and that is Efrat’s Cloud." - Dr. Kelvyn Youngman. In 1995 Efrat Goldratt was a Ph.D. student in Israel. She is the daughter of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt who conceived the Theory of Constraints Thinking … Continue reading Why we resist change.
The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is one of the Human Synergistics International tools for individuals. It is actually two tools: The first is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 1). This tool provides participants with the answer to the question “How do I think I think?” The second is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 2). This tool provides participants … Continue reading Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?
Fire engines are really important. When someone's house or business is burning down or there is a major problem it will often be a fire engine that "saves the day". That is why they have real value. But, when things are quiet, fire engines just sit there doing nothing. What is worse is that they … Continue reading How efficient is a fire engine?