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Mum’s notebook

Five years ago, my mother and I gave each other exactly the same present for Christmas; a paperback copy of ‘Think Like Da Vinci’ by Michael J. Gelb, both of us thinking that it was perfect for the other.  The only difference from me was that my mother followed some of the exercises the author suggested and purchased a little notebook to capture her findings in; when she died it came to me. On the first page, she tackled some big questions, putting down in writing events and thoughts that had shaped who she was and how she lived her [...]

2019-02-12T20:17:00+00:000 Comments

It’s the season

This blog is two weeks out of date now, but I have recently suffered a bereavement in the family and parts of my life got put on the back burner to make way for other things. However, I hope you still find it relevant and interesting. I have a friend who doesn’t say much but when he does, it’s straight to the point. It’s caring, considered and altogether brief. But it is also perfect. Not a word too many or too few, each with a precise purpose and meaning. He can say more with ten words than many say with [...]

2019-01-15T17:29:29+00:000 Comments

It doesn’t have to be this way

While most of us prefer to stick to what we know, even if we are not satisfied with it, there are a few that tell themselves ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’.  More usually, however it is an external observer that makes this claim. And while I have spent much of my working life, trying to invent new ways to tackle recurrent issues, I have come to the conclusion that the most important first step, even before the ‘why’ question, is to believe that an improvement that can be made. This week, I was presented with a number of [...]

2018-11-03T09:05:40+00:000 Comments

Dominant Groups

If I were to ask whether you felt you belong to a dominant group or a non-dominant group, what would you reply? Perhaps this little test can help?  According to classical sociological definition, a dominant group is one with the upper hand, power, social status and / or certain privileges. The dominant group is often the one which sets out and controls the values system, i.e. what is considered right and wrong. Billy Jean King once said “Dominant groups know little about non-dominant groups, while non dominant groups tend to know a lot about dominant groups.” And hearing her say [...]

2018-10-08T12:22:46+00:000 Comments

Sorry to let you down

I hate letting people down, I guess we all do?  But if you are like me, someone who takes on too many activities and always broadens the scope of things to deliver better results, then it will be of no surprise that from time to time I have to let someone down. A forgotten meeting, a double booking in my agenda, the need to cancel a lunch that sits awkwardly in my planning, these are just the easy ones. When I had a PA, I never really saw the full consequences as it was her sent the ‘sorry’ emails or [...]

2018-09-14T17:45:05+00:000 Comments