Whipping square pegs into round holes

Whipping square pegs into round holes

Having been ‘caned’ at least once per week in school for ‘misbehaviour’ (i.e. a failure to comply with inappropriate, draconian relics from a Dickensian dystopia), the notion of corporal punishment as a deterrent is laughable. And yet, hierarchies and micromanagers continue to punish employees through 

Exposing social conscience for organisational success

Exposing social conscience for organisational success

Leadership recognising a disparity between an ideal society in which it hopes to operate and the actual society — to which it may or may not contribute — forms a consciousness about social injustice. It then engages with a sense of agency — does it 

Don’t open books to see only the words being sought

Don’t open books to see only the words being sought

There is wisdom and obligation in never judging a book by its cover. And yet, the foolishness of opening a book to see only the words being sought is perhaps a more harmful mindset that requires its own idiom. Don’t open books to see only 

Curb the decline of hierarchy with Adaptive Leadership methods

Curb the decline of hierarchy with Adaptive Leadership methods

Not only are Adaptive Leadership methods essential for successful teams, growth, innovation and, most of all, respect for people, they’re also vital to curb the steady decline experienced by organisations that favour a mistrusting, hierarchical approach to (micro)management. At the core of Adaptive Leadership are 

Passion, potential and personality create the perfect fit for an employee

Passion, potential and personality create the perfect fit for an employee

If a capable candidate has the passion, potential and personality to succeed, what is more important? Don’t waste time on checkboxes to find a perfect-fit. If you find somebody who combines passion, potential and personality, don’t waste the opportunity to add value and increase success.

Always on the offensive or gaining value from a successful approach?

Always on the offensive or gaining value from a successful approach?

Micromanagers and struggling hierarchies choose enforcement as their preferred engagement method, failing to recognise any value in explaining and encouraging. Adaptative Leadership engages with people, explains and encourages — repeatedly. Despite always being the last resort, enforcement is consequently unnecessary. What is your leadership style: 

Knowledge-worker sloths choose flexibility

Knowledge-worker sloths choose flexibility

In This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week, Benjamin Hardy raises two important commercial concerns: The Myth of the 8 Hour Workday and Quality Vs Quantity. Knowledge-workers sitting behind desks for eight hours, Monday to Friday, is an archaic tradition, absurd for 

Success overturns commercial norms

Success overturns commercial norms

Since exploiting opportunity requires balancing priorities, exciting, dynamic and thriving enterprises overturn commercial norms. Destabilising the equilibrium is easy, rewarding or lucrative. Gut instinct plays decision-maker. Some opportunities tick every checkbox, yet gut instinct rejects them. Conversely, forward-thinkers embrace other dire-looking opportunities that offer gut 

When swinging the lead is too heavy to bother

When swinging the lead is too heavy to bother

To swing the lead, according to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, is ‘to avoid work by pretending to be ill‘. Having witnessed colleagues’ behaviour for over 30 years, I believe the lead often swings because people cannot be bothered travelling, or need an extra