Ian Plowman
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I'm passionate about giving every employee or organisational member a voice, thereby strengthen engagement, reducing turnover and boosting innovation.
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Ian Plowman's Blog

Unmasking the Leadership Myth

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 8:30 0 Comments


The concept of ‘leader’ is hardwired into our brains.  Our life experiences, first with parents then teachers then managers, instil in us the unquestioned concept that social structures need a leader. 

This paper builds on some of the concepts outlined in my previous post, entitled ‘Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations’ .

The management literature and its associated supports (MBA’s,…


Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 16:12 0 Comments

Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

“Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”

Arthur Schopenhauer: 1851

Modern organisations are a human creation.  This design is anchored by genetics and has prevailed for thousands of years. …


It's about time !

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 21:49 0 Comments


It’s about time!

  • Our management meeting ran overtime and so I was late for the client meeting. The client was not happy.
  • I don’t know why we schedule the meeting for 8.00am when the boss does not turn up till 8.15.
  • We spent so much time on Sophie’s agenda item, we ran out of time to deal with my issue.

Time management is often a negative for meetings.  Here is…


Our conscious values don’t matter a damn if our unconscious behaviour in meetings lets us down

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 18:00 0 Comments

Ground-rules for meetings: Why they matter; how to create them, and how to best use them.

Last week's blog talked about setting and honouring the 'social contract' for meetings.  Today, we will talk about what is commonly the missing third of that 'social contract', namely the behaviour of those attending.  Some of those behaviours are detrimental.

  • People keep drifting off the topic.
  • Fred keeps bringing up the same issue we dealt…

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