A Time for Artists

The time was, only a few months ago that the economy was still considered stable enough to pay us in anticipation of us doing the work . An employment contract, a supplier contract, it was all based on our record of delivery. Defined jobs, with clear specifications, in a marketplace that was familiar. Of course,Continue reading “A Time for Artists”

Colleagues and Co-workers

What is the difference between a colleague and a co-worker? The practical difference is maybe that a colleague can’t fire you. In these days of turbulence, authenticity and honesty is prized, even when it hurts. The days ahead will be full of difficult decisions, and we will be swamped by lots of statements along theContinue reading “Colleagues and Co-workers”

Beautiful Conversations

Conversations, at their best are beautiful things. They are a dance of possibility as we pass ideas backwards and forwards, help each other shape them, notice things in the space between ideas and create the start of something. In the search for efficiency however, we appear to have weaponised them. We treat them like processes,Continue reading “Beautiful Conversations”

Insight to Action?

Insights These are interesting times. It seems to me that we are moving out of something of a “phoney war” represented by a combination of fear and novelty to something altogether more substantial. As the reality of furloughs bite, redundancies become real, and the sheer boredom as we go into a fifth week of seeminglyContinue reading “Insight to Action?”

Baggage

We’ve all seen the part of the film where the aircraft is losing height heading towards a mountain range. Everything surplus to requirements is thrown overboard in the hope that enough altitude can be gained to clear the range. Welcome to the average Board Room right now. Unless you’re the pilot, the navigator, an engine,Continue reading “Baggage”

A Different Sort of Growth?

Forest fires are a necessary natural phenomenon. Whilst they are short term destructive and frightening, they clear the way for new growth. Right now, in the midst of the inferno, we may want to remember that. It has important messages for us if we choose to recognise them. We have not been adapting to whatContinue reading “A Different Sort of Growth?”

Honesty is not a Policy

What is happening right now is shining a huge spotlight on dishonest statements. “Our people are our most important asset” “We are totally dedicated to customer satisfaction” “Beside you all the way” Corporates who owe primary loyalty to shareholders can never make these sort of statements with any honesty. They owe their existence and primeContinue reading “Honesty is not a Policy”