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How is your organisation designed to get undesirable results from your staff?

I recently had a fascinating experience in a Moscow hotel room. No – not what you might be thinking. On my last day of a programme I was facilitating, I daringly decided to leave my checkout until the lunch break. … Continue reading

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Are we doing the work that is needed or the work that is comfortable?

“Taking a new step or uttering a new word is what people fear most.” Dostoyevsky I notice how quite frequently we talk on the one hand of the need for innovation, transformation, world-class practice or other words to describe great … Continue reading

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What do you think they think of you? The stories that derail us

Some years ago, I was called (at less than 24 hours notice) to facilitate a meeting at short notice between three parties. The purpose was to establish the operational terms for a potential joint venture between two well known corporate … Continue reading

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Here be dragons: Leading in complex times

Think about a big challenge you are addressing: a current situation that matters, where you know something qualitatively different is required. It could be in your paid work, in the community, a national or a global issue. How do you … Continue reading

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An introduction: the future of leadership

The New Year is when we look to the future – not just to the year ahead, but often to several years ahead. We reconsider our plans for our lives, our relationships, our goals, our work. So we at Future … Continue reading

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The win-win-win of experiential leadership programmes

In any business, understanding your return on any particular investment is paramount if you are to assess it’s effectiveness to generate bottom line business results and learning and development is no different. About 12 years ago, whilst I was working … Continue reading

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Changing the rules of the game: Culture

I recently read a great story about a softball game in which one player injured herself when going for a home run… and the action taken by her “opponent” who saw the need of another human being as overriding the … Continue reading

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Generation Y as Generation WHY

Generation Y is soon becoming the largest generational cohort in the workforce. As Gen WHY, they are motivated by a sense of service to and connection with the larger human community through the product or service they contribute to. They … Continue reading

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Purposeful Patriotism

On a long drive last year, I found myself listening to a classical music radio station, and to one of the most inspiring pieces I can remember hearing. The live recording, a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, was made … Continue reading

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Putting Values to the Test

Our November newsletter spoke about values and how we work with them everyday. The theme can be interpreted in many ways. One of our readers felt compelled to write about what values look like from his/her own experience. This is … Continue reading

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Balancing the individual with the whole: Lessons from Greece

George Papandreou. One would guess he’s a popular subject amongst the internal comings and goings of the G20 and perhaps synonymous with the words “uncertainty” and “instability” within his own country. But given the most recent developments in Greek politics, … Continue reading

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Reassessing how a values systems drive performance

I’ve spent many happy weeks facilitating in Fontainebleau, France, over the past two years. We have been delivering an executive talent programme for one of our clients, in partnership with INSEAD Business School. On the odd occasion that there is … Continue reading

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Keeping the values burning

In an era of increased customer choice and global awareness, a company’s values are becoming one of the important market differentiators. Savvy customers in developed countries can – and increasingly will – choose on the basis of perceived values of … Continue reading

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Do you make a habit of catching your people doing the right thing?

I work inside many organisations and have done for over 30 years now. I am still astonished how little overt praise and celebration I witness – it is still far outweighed by the emphasis on spotting the errors, seeing the … Continue reading

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How much of a team is your team, really?

How much of a team do your “teams” really feel? I remember as a teenager playing rugby that I would have done anything for my teammates – stood up to others who were threatening them, helped them out of all … Continue reading

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How to develop core strength at pace

As a recent AIESEC alumnus, it is very interesting, though not surprising, to see the speed at which the global organisation changes in response to changes in the external environment. Programmes are added, acronyms are changed and within 2 months … Continue reading

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Why organisational cultures are like reindeer

I’ve just returned from Estonia, where I was delivering a keynote on leadership (I decided to focus it on three themes: relationships, meaning & purpose, and innovation & courage). While driving down a freeway, I saw a “beware of the … Continue reading

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Connecting Silos: The Missing Link

Improving regularity of communications, tightening role descriptions, clarifying products and plans… Do these sound like tried and tested actions to solve communication and accountability issues across silos within a business? In this article, Tim uses his experience from working with a particular client to suggest that these actions alone are hardly sufficient and provides insight into making your efforts more effective. Continue reading

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How to get agile without losing participation? Our latest experiment

Realising that your own organisation has started to drift can be a sobering experience for any executive team. For Future Considerations, this sparked a continuing experiment in organisational design in an effort to maximise contribution, make the best decisions and enhance learning, both for ourselves and for our clients. Mark sets the scene in this article and outlines the most recent developments in the evolution of our own company. Continue reading

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Overcoming inclusion paralysis – generating involvement with efficiency

Ensuring decision buy-in from team members can be one of the most difficult tasks a leader has to face and often a choice emerges to include no one, or include everyone. Cari reflects on the first step as to how teams who operate with a freedom-centred (or democratic) ethos work with and address this idea of “including everyone”. Continue reading

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