Category Archives: culture

Why do bureaucracies delay disclosing information: the Case of Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

According to a recent report, the Metropolitan Police have delayed the work of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.[1] The article says the delay is caused by the lack of an agreed protocol with the Panel for the transfer of documents … Continue reading

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The lies organisations tell themselves: the case of Rotherham Council

Every man has some [truths] which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there … Continue reading

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Is an organisation corrupt or just ill?

When we hear about a corrupt organisation we often are surprised and outraged. What we fail to consider is that all organisations are never completely healthy. They are all ill to some extent. They will have practices that are dubious, … Continue reading

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How work can compromise our ethics

Before we enter the work place, we are never warned that the work can deform us ethically. We hear about accidents, sexual harassment, or even fraud, but how many of us are warned about the way that work can deform … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference (#TRILCon)

On the 29th of April, I attended the TRIL Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference, in Winchester hosted by the University’s Centre for Information Rights.  The conference was well organised with about 60 attendees.  The day was structured with … Continue reading

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Where do you discuss bad news?

In any organisation, you have to discuss bad news but few people consider where it is discussed. How you discuss bad news will influence, if not determine, the success of your company. The issue is more than critical upwards communication … Continue reading

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Three ways to check your company’s health

Most chief executives think that they can understand their organisation by what is going right. They look at performance indicators to see what is green, what is delivering the best results and what offers the most profits. For an individual, … Continue reading

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Is the tech revolution helping or replacing the front-line worker?

I have noticed some trends in recent statements about the future of work that I want to explore with this post. The middle manager is now the front-line worker and is soon to be replaced. The first is that the future technological work … Continue reading

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Who is creating the rotten barrels in your company?

In an earlier post, I discussed the myth of the rogue employee. The post focused on how the term was used when an organisation wanted to scapegoat an employee. When that happened, I argued that the organisation used the term to … Continue reading

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Culture eats your structure for lunch

Peter Drucker allegedly said that culture eats strategy for breakfast.  If strategy is for breakfast then your structure is for lunch.  Culture will overcome any structural chart or any reorganisation. Companies fail because they believe that a restructure will change … Continue reading

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