Monthly Archives: April 2018

//April

Seeing something familiar for the first time

In my house hangs a painting that I have known all my life. It was painted around the time I was born. The artist was a friend of my parents. Considered to be very avant-garde in his day, to me its form is so familiar that I sometimes forget that it is considered by many to be an abstract. When we are familiar with even the most complex things in life, they become obvious to us in such a way that they can easily be taken for granted.  It’s as if the moment we recognize an object, our brains shut [...]

2018-04-30T09:05:02+00:00 0 Comments

Closed to new ideas

While doing my research for my upcoming lecture and workshops on Leadership, Intellectual Stimulation and its relationship with creating a culture of innovation and creativity in the workplace, I came across a video of a talk by John Cleese where, while referring to the work of Donald W. Mackinnon from the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research, University of California, Berkeley, he talks about people being in one of two states ‘open’ or ‘closed’. I just love it when I learn something so obvious that I ask myself ‘why haven’t I thought of it like that before?’  - Simon Sinek’s ‘Why, [...]

2018-04-23T08:46:10+00:00 0 Comments

It’s the boss who’s the problem

What if it’s the boss who’s the problem? And what if you are the boss? Well I’ve got good news for you! All in my 40 years in business I have never yet met the perfect boss.  I have worked with some pretty awful ones and with one or two great ones too, but never the perfect one.  This week I am preparing a two-day lecture workshop on innovation and leadership and in doing so, I find myself reflecting on leadership styles and their impact on creativity and innovation in the workplace. It’s very easy to blame a lack of [...]

2018-04-16T06:28:17+00:00 0 Comments

So, what is your Distrans?

Years ago, a well-respected and rich entrepreneur showed me around his new factory. In a back room a dozen people were analyzing customer requirements, doing complex calculations, and writing contracts. “Do you see these engineers?” the company owner giggled. “They write more in one day than I have written in my whole life! They are more interested in their paperwork than in what we are making in this company.” I have had similar experiences in other companies: a large furniture enterprise, a meat-processing company, an industrial bakery chain …. The owners all wanted me to first know and understand their [...]

2018-04-15T09:20:56+00:00 0 Comments

Collaboration

I was in Paris this week, facilitating a one-day in-house company meeting based around the theme of ‘Collaboration’. When I run these events, the concept I tend to use is to share a thought, or even an opinion or two with the audience and then to have them challenge it for themselves, capturing their findings in a fast moving an interactive way. Usually I do not expect to learn much for myself from these events but this time I did. Towards the end of the day, the five-time world champion and Olympic medallist, Jason Lamy-Chappuis was invited to share his [...]

2018-04-07T06:21:45+00:00 0 Comments