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,…Continue
Added by Ian Plowman on July 10, 2018 at 8:30 — No 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. …Continue
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It’s about time!
Time management is often a negative for meetings. Here is…Continue
Added by Ian Plowman on April 25, 2018 at 21:49 — No 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.
Added by Ian Plowman on April 18, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments
Are you violating a social contract? Do your meetings match what people expect?
Have you ever attended a meeting that, for any reason, left you annoyed, angry, disappointed?
Unconsciously, each participant in your meetings has signed up to a ‘social contract’. Evidence for this is most obvious when the ‘social contract’ is violated.
The reason this negative emotion arose for you is probably because something occurred that you thought was…Continue
Added by Ian Plowman on April 11, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments
What would be the benefits to your organisation if employee turnover could be reduced?
What would be the benefits if every employee was creatively focussed on the shared purpose?
What would be the benefits to morale if organisational communication was…Continue
Added by Ian Plowman on April 4, 2018 at 17:42 — No Comments
For meetings that matter, who should attend our meeting? Why do we often forget to ask the most important stakeholders?
We’ve held our meeting. We’ve made our decision. We are just getting into the execution of that decision when we are suddenly confronted with an objection we did not anticipate.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever participated in a meeting where a decision was made, after which there was some unexpected pushback? Have you ever…Continue
Added by Ian Plowman on March 23, 2018 at 14:33 — No Comments