Corporate Achilles heel: why strengths can be the problem with performance

The longer the organisational practice of managing strengths and weaknesses as the basis of performance is allowed to go on, the more we will see what had appeared to be healthy, robust companies, being brought down.  Not unlike steroid use, there will be a point where trying to increase strength will have a detrimental effect […]

Making organisations work: Part 2

Perhaps because my first tertiary qualification was in marketing, one question about working in organisation development has continued to nag at me over the years.  If the organisation is the most significant contributor to business success then why are the professionals who design, develop and manage them, and those who manage the people who make […]

Making organisations work

The decision I made to set up a company ten years ago did not entail much deliberation.  It was prompted by little more than not being able to think of a job I wanted to pursue in the work I thought I was good at.  The only thing that I spent time thinking about was […]

The ‘passion’ nonsense: why it does not predict success

There is no doubt that the internet has made it easier for people to access information to enhance their lives.  Predictably it also enables the faster spreading of nonsense presented as expert advice.  If you believe what you read you there is an undisputed key to success: passion. Since when did ‘passion’, the word used […]