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… Continue reading Redefining management for the 21st Century

Teacher or midwife?

 “One of the only places operating largely as it did more than 50 years ago would be the local school.”[1] That was written in the early days of the Internet, and the pace of change is accelerating – is education keeping up? Otto Scharmer’s book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-systems to Eco-Systems enable… Continue reading Teacher or midwife?

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… Continue reading Congratulations Tainui!

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… Continue reading The twilight of capitalism?

The anatomy of health changes

We are on the verge of a major change in the health system both here in New Zealand and in the wider world. We face to sad paradox – while an estimated 870 million people are under nourished, over 1.4 billion are over weight. Both phenomena create consequent health problems, causing human misery and depleting… Continue reading The anatomy of health changes

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… Continue reading All Blacks culture drives their success

Moral leadership – the foundation of prosperity

The renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs pinpointed the foundations of a prosperous economy in a recent article. He states: [1] His post celebrated the life of the late Václav Havel, the Czech playright, who spoke out against the communist regime. His determination to speak out against the suppression of human rights by the communist government saw him… Continue reading Moral leadership – the foundation of prosperity

Leadership and engagement – keeping it simple

Some people say that you can’t teach leadership in a classroom. In some ways I agree, because learning leadership should be like learning to walk – something a baby finds difficult and scary, but evidently possible as there are so many role models doing it. I have been teaching leadership for five years and one… Continue reading Leadership and engagement – keeping it simple

Communication and engagement part 4: listening

Communication is a core skill for stakeholder engagement.Earlier blogs in this series introduced the communication spectrum and looked in more depth at its engagement and appreciation aspects. This post explores how listening fits with the communication spectrum. Listening, as with communication, is generic. The communication spectrum helps us to be more specific about the type… Continue reading Communication and engagement part 4: listening