HR and recruitment a slow-motion train wreck

  HR and recruitment seem to be careering towards a slow-motion train wreck, where is the brake pedal? And what happened to the windscreen? Approximately 10% of the global payroll is squandered on recruitment and HR with not the slightest hint of a measurement to suggest that it returns anything at all. That’s enough money … Read more

Get the most from Interims by engaging directly and forming a partnership up front

If you have read my stuff in the past, you will have heard me talk at times abut the importance of analysing and managing the impact of organisational behaviour in order to make changes happen effectively or indeed to make them happen at all. Even the most complex technical systems I ever rolled out in … Read more

Problem solving relies on what came before and what will come after

Sometimes it is not just what you do but the order in which you do it that matters. You absolutely must develop an ability to see several layers of consequences ahead of the solution as well as several layers of cause and effect behind the problem and then juggle them at once in the way … Read more

The art of The Turnaround

  There was a time when I billed myself as a turnaround specialist. Doing turnarounds was often a fast-track to good long-term relationships for an interim or consultant. I’m not going to bore you with the usual list of coded answers about why they fail, but rather to say that most failures have not actually … Read more

Here’s how we approached the solution

Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Give big data the heave ho Naturally I can’t publish the whole thing if only for sheer volume, let alone sensitivity of information from some of the underlying cases, but I will pick a few areas just to demonstrate … Read more

Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems

Let’s begin with the strategy and management practices before we start talking about systems. In the last instalment, we talked about schizophrenic businesses. Businesses with confused outlooks, confused processes and naturally enough, confused systems, confused workforce, resigned customers, despairing shareholders. The five cardinal sins that create schizophrenic organisations: You have a business made up of … Read more

Two elections that few expected and a majority didn’t want- the information perspective.

Two groups of people mastered the truth about data, its interpretation and it’s presentation and two groups didn’t. The former of course are Republicans in US and Brexit’s in UK. The theories are not new, nor are they difficult to understand but executing on them might only seem an option to somebody with no other … Read more

The trap of settling for mediocrity

The trap of settling for mediocrity Without boring you with a treatise on macro-economics, I can only get my point across by saying that, not only is every professional and tradesperson in our world challenged to know less and possess fewer skills, but most business we are employed by will have not a single individual … Read more

Confirmation bias at the speed of light

The extraordinary world of the trader really opened my eyes Most readers will already be aware of confirmation bias and will no doubt believe they have it under control. Good for you. If however you are trader, or gambler the likelihood is that you have got it down to a fine art and it has … Read more

Specialist in Smarties, Chocolate Beer consultant, or Expert in customer complaints from Obese women on Tuesday afternoons.

Are you a specialist? By the way these specialisms do exist and I have no doubt you could add to my collection. If you want a light hearted look visit this article. As an interim connected to the technology world, I get a lot of calls and emails from recruiters and over the years the, … Read more

The evils of groupthink and the risk to all Social media users

AKA “ Say hello to someone” Power to think The most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.” NYtimes SUSAN CAIN JAN. … Read more

The health warning attached to agile is nothing more, it’s not a reason to ignore agile thinking as a powerful tool.

As a manager who entered software engineering as the agile movement was gathering pace and returned to management in the systems world, I find it amusing when other disciplines jump on the bandwagon as it were. I also find it encouraging, but I would have serious concern if it were my business and here is … Read more

How much damage can negative BIAS do to performance and quality of life?

Whether a manager, a sports person, an investor, or a dustman It is vital to understand our personal bias and manage it . Every decision we make requires some level of objectivity to stand a good chance of serving us well. “You’re faced with around 11 million pieces of information at any given moment, according … Read more

Communication skills for project managers – Presentation skills

Image by Getty Images via Daylife  Read Part one    Read Part two Presentation skills – Part three   As part of a series on soft skills for project managers, last week I wrote a section on communication skills. It may seem that it is a little odd not to include presentation skills as a communication … Read more