Organizational Innovation. Why is it so Difficult?

Organizational Innovation. Why is it so Difficult?

Organizational Innovation is difficult. We think too much in terms of the past, projects and structures. And very often time is not on our side. There has been a lot of discussion about new ways of working. Very often the

4 Elements of Successful Reward and Recognition Programmes

4 Elements of Successful Reward and Recognition Programmes

Are reward and recognition programmes really worth their bother? They’ve played a leading role in many employee engagement strategies for decades, but it’s a question employers justly ask us every day. These employers hear about R&R’s ability to increase retention,

4 Ways to Spark Employee Engagement

4 Ways to Spark Employee Engagement

“Engaged employees are in the game for the sake of the game; they believe in the cause of the organization.” – Paul Marciano   Why do we need to Spark Employee Engagement? Getting employees to engage in company initiatives has

“No Rules” Illusion: can we do without rules?

“No Rules” Illusion: can we do without rules?

No rules illusion is the second article on rules in a series of 3. You can find the first article here. Too Much Freedom Most of us intuitively prefer more freedom over less freedom. But could we have too much of it?

Rest and the Art of Getting Work Out of Your System.

Rest and the Art of Getting Work Out of Your System.

This blog is about rest. And about why it is important. A Eulogy for Rest This summer I read an incredibly important book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. The book is about rest. And how rest can help you to work better. The

The One Thing to Boost Employee Engagement

The One Thing to Boost Employee Engagement

This blog site is also linked to the discussion group on Employee Engagement on LinkedIn. It started more than 8 years ago and has about 36,000 members. But like many groups on LinkedIn it had become a bulletin board for

Sustainable Leadership Revisited: A Journey through New Ideas.

Sustainable Leadership Revisited: A Journey through New Ideas.

A Twitter Journey through Sustainable Leadership In my 25 years in business, I have had the pleasure to work with some excellent leaders. I must say that I did not have the bad luck to have to work with those

The Rules Illusion

The Rules Illusion

Organizations should beware of a “rules bias”: a tendency to give in to risk aversion by establishing ever more rules. Trade-off: Restrictions versus Freedom Any situation in which people coexist benefits from common agreements. We like to know what is acceptable

Bad Habits

Bad Habits

This Blog is inspired by a lecture on bad habits by London Business School professor Freek Vermeulen at the Executive Education Alumni Gathering, July 1st 2017. The Story of the Best Bank in the World. This would be the story

The Asshole Trade-Off

The Asshole Trade-Off

The Asshole in the Room It is dangerous to mix metaphors*, but I’m going to do it anyway. The asshole in the workplace has long been (and still are to a large degree) the elephant in the room. There is

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