Merger. When 2 Cultures Come Together.

Merger. When 2 Cultures Come Together.

A merger is the integration of two organizations into one. The reasons to do so are numerous: economies of scale, industry capacity reduction, growth, acquisition of know-how … But the data are impressively dramatic. Most mergers fail and destroy value.

Executive Pay is on the rise. Which role can HR play?

Executive Pay is on the rise. Which role can HR play?

From a legal point of view, there is no problem with high executive pay. But companies should look at the adverse impact on employee motivation and on leadership reputation. The perceived injustice of exuberant executive pay also harms your organisation.

A Practical Guide to Demonstrating ROI through Employee Experience

A Practical Guide to Demonstrating ROI through Employee Experience

This is promotional content. The guide is free. “Proving the worth and the importance of wellbeing strategies is absolutely key; we want to make sure that people are taking employee experience as seriously as financial health in the organisation” says

We all want autonomy. Really?

We all want autonomy. Really?

Running Away from Restrictions Someone left the public sector to work in the private sector. He wanted to break free from all the restrictions, regulations and fixed ways of working that are so typical for government service. So he went.

Fairness in Performance Management

Fairness in Performance Management

I was intrigued by the title of the McKinsey Article. Fairness in performance management. Fairness and Leadership Fairness is one of the main elements on which sustainable leadership is based, as I have described in my book. Performance management is

Don’t Copy Spotify. It won’t Work.

Don’t Copy Spotify. It won’t Work.

The promise of Agile When I first saw the films about how Spotify had organised itself, I was immediately inspired. This is it, I thought. This is how organisations should function. Organically aligned, flexible, purpose-driven. I remember showing it to

Purpose, the Newest Toy for CEOs

Purpose, the Newest Toy for CEOs

Purpose  ‘The engagement hype threatens to make the manager a chief horse whisperer’, I wrote in a previous article. A manager/dog trainer who hopes to entice his people with the right tricks to still get the targeted engagement score and

Agile is (also) a Matter of Trust.

Agile is (also) a Matter of Trust.

How Might We Become Agile? Many organisations have ‘discovered’ agile working practices. But they face big challenges. The advantages of agile are clear: faster processes, a more rewarding work culture and enhanced flexibility. But the question they face is how

What’s the Purpose?

What’s the Purpose?

Purpose. How organizations and people can complement each other What makes us go to work — quick answer? Money. The logic is as impeccable as it is inescapable. We have needs — for food, heat and shelter, for internet and Netflix box sets. These things

The Mysterious Vanishing of Good Soldiers

The Mysterious Vanishing of Good Soldiers

Why we should not use the phrase “good soldiers” any longer. It dates back from an industrial era when organisations focused on operational excellence. We need an army of the finest.   Good Soldiers “We need good soldiers”. It’s a