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Aussie Aussie Aussie…. Oi Oi Oi…

Australians are famous for their love of sport and their parochial chant (Aussie Aussie Aussie ….. Oi Oi Oi) in support of their individual and team sports. And now according to the Economist, they have even more reasons to celebrate. Why? Because Australia is one of the developed world’s most successful economies. Let the evidence [...]

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Vive le Corporation Libre!

Growing up in Montréal, I vividly remember the storm French President Charles de Gaulle caused when he declared “Vive le Québec libré! during an official visit to Canada during its centenary in 1967. To this day, the debate about sovereignty and control between Québec and Canada continues to be a flashpoint for many Canadians and [...]

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The End of Driving ….. and the Future of Work

One of the most pressing issues facing business (and society) today is the current skill levels of the workforce. Increasingly automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making many existing skills redundant. Conversely, the skills needed to operate in an automated/AI driven business environment are in short supply. As a result, businesses will need to invest [...]

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All Stakeholders – Not Just Shareholders Matter

The past year has been a roller coaster for Facebook SHAREHOLDERS. Initially, it appeared Facebook had weathered the storm of Cambridge Analytics, Senate Inquiries and the threat of EU fines for data breaches. However, it all went pear shaped when they announced a slowing in their subscriber numbers and a reduction in their profit margins. [...]

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In God We Trust: All others bring data

I was fortunate enough to see W. Edwards Deming, the father of modern quality management, give a presentation shortly before he passed away in his early 90s. Deming’s speech was not overly polished – he spoke ever so slowly – but it was profound. His philosophy of data measurement and analysis being essential to superior [...]

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Great performance starts with great relationships

What criteria does your company use when recruiting new board members or executive team leaders? My guess is that professional credentials, experience, track record and subject matter expertise are at the top of the list. Interpersonal and relationship skills, while obviously important, would be ranked somewhat lower down that list. And that’s a logical approach. [...]

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Driving Performance Through Quality Performance Conversations

Over the past five years, a revolution in Performance Management has taken place. Companies such as Accenture, Microsoft and PWC have dumped their traditional “backward looking” ratings approach and have adopted or are experimenting with “goal oriented” conversation one that emphasises quality over quantity. In effect, we are witnessing the disruption of long standing HR [...]

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The Meeting is Dead: Long Live the Meeting!

A Ted talk here by Jason Fried (the CEO and co-founder of project management firm Basecamp) really got me thinking about this issue. He makes a very convincing case that the best place to work isn’t at work due to what he calls the M&M factor –Meetings and Managers. Technology has made matters worse And [...]

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It’s our mindsets(not the economy) silly!

Over the past 3 decades I’ve been fortunate to have pretty good flexibility in where, when and how I work. It’s allowed me the space I need to reflect and think so I could see how to optimise my productivity and get stuff done to achieve goals. In the early days, even as a management [...]

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Making teams work takes work

Working in Teams is something we can all relate to. There is huge quantities of literature on how to create high performing teams and many professionals available to help our teams work more effectively. Yet my guess would be that many of us would say the teams we work in aren’t nearly as effective as [...]

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