Going Round in Circulars

A guide to doubling your income by listening nice Take Away Line It’s always good to peak over the hedge to see how the neighbours do things. I was in Hamburg this summer and saw that this city, which has twice the income per head of ‘thriving’ Northern English cities, has not only adopted different…

Seeing you, seeing me

Board diversity from a psychological perspective Take-Away Line Revisions to governance codes and supporting advice to boards have taken to heart the notion of ‘behavioural governance’, to support boards offer the independence of mind and rigour that effective organisational leadership needs. But they have so far failed to address questions of psychological diversity, the range…

Listening to the Cheshire Cat

Keeping the conversation about social outcomes live Take Way Line One of the hardy annual debates in the social housing  sector is how far into social development we go, or to what extent are we – preference of the current government – should focus on development and being efficient landlords of housing for the less…

Ensuring your board counts: How BoardsCount Panorama works

Take Away Line BoardsCount Panorama offers great value: after an engaging online experience, it provides you with a high quality report from which your board can agree its areas of collective strength (and build on them) and also any areas to be strengthened.  The service is grounded in research, has been tested in consultancy practice…

Ensuring your Board counts: How BoardsCount Panorama can help your organisation

Take Away Line There are plenty of examples of where boards may fail to spot the big shocks that will have a significant impact on their future success, the bank crash and Brexit being just two examples of potentially existential threats to organisational viability that many organisations in the UK failed to model.  But the…

Great Minds: What organisational thinking owes to CG Jung

Take-Away Line Jung’s influence on the way we think about work and our lives at work and, quite indirectly, about how we develop organisations was immense.  Yet, this was never his purpose.  His influence can be felt in how we understand the impact of the unconscious at work, in personality profiling, in how our personal…

Governance: Consultant/client relations – where does the power really lie?

Take-Away Line Whether as a member of a board or as a consultant to a board, groups find ways of limiting individual power in ways that can be surprising and uncomfortable, even apparently irrational.  There is a strange symbiotic relationship between a consultant and a client board (in the case of governance), each having power…

Leadership and culture: Lions led by donkeys – when managerial under-capacity is a choice

Take Away Line Leaders of organisations can live in a work culture that oppresses them and builds in failure.  Yet, even as the leaders of their organisations, they can feel they have no choice.  They are stuck.  The example of the turnaround of the car industry in the UK, no longer British owned, shows how…