Organisational Culture

shallow focus photography of yellow star lanterns

Is Your Team Made Up of Rockstars or Superstars?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I love the distinction that Kim Scott makes in her book ‘Radical Candor‘ [non-affiliate link] between rockstars and superstars. And I think it has huge implications for how we lead, manage, and shape teams in our workplaces. Rockstars vs Superstars – the definitions 🌟 Rockstar: a solid, stable performer on a gradual growth trajectory, or …

Is Your Team Made Up of Rockstars or Superstars? Read More »

A photo of a white jigsaw puzzle on a black background, with a piece missing

How Can We Deal With “Wicked Problems”?

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the concept of “wicked problems”. More and more, we’re facing complex and challenging issues as individuals, partners, parents, work teams and as a society. So what should we do when we’re faced with a problem that doesn’t have a simple solution? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as finding …

How Can We Deal With “Wicked Problems”? Read More »

A photo of a person with a box over their head labelled "brain" and a hand putting the word "idea" into the box

The Best and Wisest Piece of Advice I Ever Received

Reading Time: 5 minutes Back in my early 20s, I was given a piece of advice, and told that it works in every situation that humans face.  I initially couldn’t (or rather, wouldn’t!) accept the idea that it could apply in every context. And I tried really hard to imagine a situation in which it wouldn’t work… but even …

The Best and Wisest Piece of Advice I Ever Received Read More »

grayscale photography of people walking in train station

What’s with the worship of busyness?

Reading Time: 6 minutes As I wrote the title to this article, I wondered how many people would read it and think that I had mis-spelled “business” as “busyness”. After all, a number of problems that we face in society today can be attributed to worshipping business as though it is the only legitimate human pursuit, and the only …

What’s with the worship of busyness? Read More »

Three hands clasped together

Kindness: a better business strategy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Kindness. It’s a scorned, if not outright rejected concept in business – it’s too soft, too weak. We can’t be kind, because to be in business is to be tough, competitive, strong. Logic and rationality rule the roost. We don’t do feelings or soft, fluffy stuff. We’re here to do the serious stuff of business; …

Kindness: a better business strategy Read More »

A rainbow painted background with the word 'Culture' in white

What is organisational culture, why does it matter, and how can we build a great culture?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Organisational culture has been a “buzzphrase” for longer than I can remember. It’s the topic of vast numbers of books, 15 TED talks (when I last checked), and innumerable blog-posts (to which I am adding another with this!). But what is it, exactly? And why is it so important? And how do we create a …

What is organisational culture, why does it matter, and how can we build a great culture? Read More »