Category Archives: change managment

5 Reasons why Tim Cook cannot save Apple

Tim Cook has received a large amount of attention for his deft handling of the post-Steven Jobs era at Apple. He has produced excellent financial results and his approach while a contrast to Jobs, presents an important continuity for the … Continue reading

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Public resignations do these change a corporate culture?

You chafe under an organisational hierarchy seemingly focused on the wrong goals, or behaviour, or even potentially criminal activity, and you dream that you can change it through a bold personal act.  For some, it will be a report to … Continue reading

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Risk cannot be conquered: Has Wall Street forgotten Machiavelli’s lessons?

In chapter 25 of Machiavelli’s Prince, we see the problem of fortune and the challenge it presents to a prince.  In this instance, we are using fortune to refer to risk.  The two are not exactly the same so one … Continue reading

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Is the future of work an aristocratic democracy?: Leo Strauss on Managment

Harold Jarche has a challenging post about the future of management and the future of work at his site: Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business are Hollow Shells without Democracy. Are the future of work and the future of management inherently … Continue reading

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Using your company’s services like a customer: your chance to learn and change?

In a recent blog post, Dan Lee had an excellent suggestion that gets to the heart of local government improvement. On point 12 of the post, he suggested that  “Use local government services like a resident would to see how … Continue reading

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Do we still have typing pools?: Why culture trumps technology even social media

Dan Slee posted an interesting and provocative post with predictions about the future of social media in local government. http://danslee.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/epic-change-12-predictions-in-digital-in-local-government-for-2012/  I thought I would give my response and my prediction at the end. Overall, I tend to agree with him … Continue reading

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Does the fish rot from the head down? When organisations go toxic

An ancient phrase says that a fish rots from the head down.  The phrase is known in China as well as Europe in the middle ages. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/fish-rot-from-the-head-down.html  What is interesting about the consistency between the meanings for the phrase is … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information and Transparency performance improvement tools: Case Study: Camden squatters and empty properties

In the press there has been some concern that the move towards transparency either in £500 spend lists or specific requests for disclosure of information, has led to increased fraud.   However, I would argue that neither FOI nor the transparency … Continue reading

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The future of the Middle Manager: sense making in a social media age

There is a debate over the future of middle managers. (See for example Lynda Gratton’s article) http://hbr.org/2011/01/column-the-end-of-the-middle-manager/ar/1 at its heart, the question is whether middle manager still have a role. If their tasks are changed or replaced by technology, are … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Time: the other side of open data

I came across the following reference to time within the retail sector and it made me consider how local government, or any business, thinks about time. An old saying in the retail industry is that: ‘If information is available monthly, … Continue reading

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