Tag: thinking

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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Truth and fear – poor bedfellows?

It has been a bad summer for truth and a good one for fear. Anyone who followed the Brexit campaign saw leaders pedalling the most outrageous misrepresentations of truths (aka lies). Perhaps the most obvious was the ‘Leave’ battle-bus which trumpeted the opportunity to repatriate the £350m that we allegedly give to the EU each …

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The Economist on the collaboration curse

The Economist this week featured an interesting article in its Schumpeter column on the often hidden problems of the emphasis on collaboration throughout business and its impact on productivity, creativity and original thought. As a fan of collaboration in general, I was pleased and amused to read a lovely summary of the downsides it creates …

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