In today’s turbulent world, agility may be an organization’s only lasting comparative advantage. This implies a need for radically new approaches to leadership and management. This blog is an investigation of what it means to be systemically agile, and how to achieve it.

The future will not be what it used to be…

August 5, 2012

In a previous post I observed that “The rules of the game changed forever when the financial markets imploded in 2007, precipitating what many consider to be the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.” There is a continuing stream of data that keeps underlining the extent to which this is true [...]

Warning: Acquisitions can Seriously Damage Your Health

July 27, 2012

According to a KPMG study, “83% of all mergers and acquisitions (M&As) failed to produce any benefit for the shareholders and over half actually destroyed value”. Interviews of over 100 senior executives involved in these 700 deals over a two-year period revealed that the overwhelming cause for failure “is the people and the cultural differences”. [...]

Surfboards for Organizations

July 23, 2012

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” I’m sure many of you will have come across this quotation before. For any unfamiliar, it is from Jon Kabat-Zinn, who having studied with Buddhist teachers and practiced yoga then went on to integrate their teachings with those of Western science. Kabat-Zinn and colleagues have [...]

Re-thinking – a healthy approach to organizational development and problem solving

July 3, 2012

Statements such as “We have a problem with…….” or “This is not working for us…..” are of little value as they offer no resolution, nor any pathway to resolution. They merely identify that there is a problem. Sadly this tendency to only identify problems without offering hope of a resolution is, arguably, all too typical [...]

Diagnose and Survive – How to Assess Organisational Health

June 24, 2012

Last week in our post “Diagnose or Die” we explored the criticality of assessing organisational health. This week we show how health can be accurately diagnosed in a way that allows organisations to gain true insight into what they need to do to maintain their well being. Our starting point is the notion of “requisite [...]

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