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People development – who’s responsible?

Developing people – a question that bothered me. I was asked how the people in charge of people development in an organisation should behave – as suppliers or business partners? That bothered me somewhat. I understand where the question is coming from because it does reflect a very common reality. It pre-supposes that there is […]

Capability in the workplace

What enables capability and what gets in the way? We all know that capability in the workplace is important. Right? This is one of those obvious truths that we seldom stop to question, and yet I have found that it is often uncertain what somebody means when they make this statement. The problem is in […]

Let Go – you may be pleasantly surprised!

Some while ago I posted here about the importance of capability in business growth. My primary assertion was that an honest evaluation of organizational capability, followed by the successful implementation of changes to address any deficiencies, can often be the determining factor in whether or not you achieve your business goals. This assessment came to […]

Review your business – Outside-In

We all know where we’re going, don’t we? But does everyone in the business know where it is going and more importantly how it will get there? We all hope so. We’ve written it down in business plans and communicated it through the organisation. The business therefore knows the strategy, where it’s going and how […]

Collaboration and Internal Alignment

He dreams, We dream, They dream For the businesses we manage, we tie the visions of where to go and how to get there to the goals we set. Internal alignment is about focusing the vision so that each part of the organisation understands what the goals are. Many times, when business productivity declines it […]

Climate control versus command and control

In most modern cars we are used to having climate controls – in order that we can create that ideal ambience for our journey. Not too hot or cold, enough air circulation that we don’t get drowsy or lose concentration and not too draughty to be uncomfortable. We can even choose models that enable us […]