Tag: performance

When should you change horses?

Contemplating a big change in direction but still implementing your current strategy? The expression ‘you should not change horses midstream’ apparently comes from a speech made by Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election as he urged voters not to switch leader in the middle of the civil war. It emphasises the risk in making …

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Understanding Voluntary Organisations – Book Summary and Comment

Introduction This is not a new book. It was published first in 1988 and yet it focuses on an important subject – how do you make ‘voluntary’ organizations function more effectively? There are a vast array of third sector organizations that play a big role in society – charities, faith groups, political, sports and community …

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Great by Choice – book summary and comment

Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen Who doesn’t want to be great – or rather be part of something great? I guess we are all interested… hence Jim Collins continued journey. He is back on this enduring quest in the fourth study in his series (following Good to Great, Built to Last and …

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The leadership of Michelle Obama

Do you ever wonder if your leadership makes a difference? It can be difficult, especially in complex organisations or if you are a leader with a wide area of responsibility, to see what difference leaders make to the performance of those on the frontline of the organisation. You may be able to see where poor …

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Listen up: you need a contact strategy

 It amazes me that in late 2015 so many organisations do not understand what it really means to manage customer relationships – 20 years since the CRM acronym started gaining currency in marketing circles. This week I have been inundated by the ‘communications’ of some companies who have not thought at all about what it takes to …

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