Category Archives: Culture and values

How outrospective are you?

Outrospection is about shifting from introspection to a more external focus. Roman Krznaric labels the 20th Century as the Age of Introspection with the Freudian revolution popularising “the inward gaze, especially the idea of solving personal problems by delving into the inner, unconscious world of our childhood, dreams and forgotten memories”. [1] Do we spend […]
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Redefining management for the 21st Century

Management texts do a brilliant job of categorising and detailing management thinkers – the people that have shepherded or at least recorded the impressive rise of industrialisation in the 20th Century. Industrialisation generated unprecedented material advances for us. The down side is the impact on the environment and the ossification of management practice. I have […]
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Positioning the economy

The economy has a privileged place in contemporary life. Economic metrics are reported a little like the weather and any politician who wants to be elected has to bend the knee to the hegemony of economics. A healthy economy is typically prioritised over other aspirations. That is thinking for yesterday’s world. For most of our […]
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Research Symposium @ MIT

No its not the Massachusetts MIT, its Manakau Institute of Technology in South Auckland. Mary Quin, Cheif Executive of Callaghan Innovation opened up providing an overview of the organisation’s mission to accelerate the development of technology companies in New Zealand. As a nation we remain exposed to our dependence on the booming dairy industry, but […]
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Congratulations Tainui!

Waikato-Tainui’s asset base is now $1.1 billion. Since receiving its long-awaited $170 million Waitangi Treaty settlement in 1995, the iwi (tribe) has embarked on a range of enterprises to build wealth. (Turn on captions for this video segment from Te Karere for the English translation). There are still critics of the settlement process that follows […]
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The twilight of capitalism?

This post is about change – the fundamental change that we must master to transform our world. Why – because our current economic and political systems have pretty much reached their “use by” date. They are struggling to deliver the benefits they have previously generated in such abundance. Until we change the assumptions that support […]
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All Blacks culture drives their success

The All Blacks are arguably the most successful International sports team. This year they won all 14 games against the top teams in the world. The All Blacks culture is the foundation for their success. I teach organisational culture, so I know the theory well and I am always looking for strong examples. They are […]
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Waiting for the communication revolution

Over the last few decades communication channels have multiplied and in some organisations, communications have improved, but for the vast majority, workplace communication is still a major impediment to both organisational effectiveness and individual well-being. What are the solutions? How will the breakthroughs come? The foundations have been laid. The Internet has been with us for almost 25 years. […]
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Daniel Pink on the need for a rethink

Daniel Pink claims that management is an outdated technology. He stresses the importance of engagement and self-direction. Check the other excellent resources at the Let Go and Lead website.

Conscious capitalism

Management students study the eras of their discipline including classical, human relations, scientific management etc. What is emerging for me is a more epochal change in management – the transition from self-serving capitalism to conscious capitalism. It is always hard to define a starting point for massive change, but, as will be explained, I will […]
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