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Silo-Busting Power of Business Purpose

Well understood business purpose has the power to break down all-too-familiar organisational silos, uniting colleagues across departments and teams. Clear statements of purpose lead to a more effective organisation. When I speak of ‘purpose’, many senior managers...

Mopping Floors, or Sending a Man to the Moon?

Your organisation’s ambition to change the world can inspire great accomplishments – but only if people see how their own role fits into the wider purpose. Are your people mopping floors or, as NASA’s janitor believed, sending a man to the moon? You may know the...

Why Management Exists

Get everyone on track to a single destination – and life at work becomes easier, customers get a better deal and shareholders enjoy higher returns. Management exists to agree, set out and champion business purpose. If you have more than a handful of colleagues you...

Our Obsession with the Lycra-Clad Thighs of Leadership

Our preoccupation with leadership harms employee engagement and business outcomes. Recognise leadership for its capacity to steer, but not drive, the organisation. As a culture we privilege ‘leadership’ over ‘doing the work’. Graduates scramble toward management as...

Why on Earth Does Your Company Even Exist?

The world’s expectations of business are changing. To thrive, companies need better, up-to-date answers to the fundamental questions of why they exist, and for whom. You have only to scan the day’s headlines or scroll through Twitter to see how many people are unhappy...

Ditch Red Tape for Better Cooperation

Cooperation, the first problem for every CEO. Where the red tape of bureaucracy fails, culture is a powerful way to engage people and align work with your business purpose. How do you get people to work together? This is the first problem for every CEO. Whatever your...

Company Values: Be Colourful, Bold, Unique

Commonplace values such as integrity, service and innovation show mediocre ambitions. Aspire to a grand purpose? Champion values that are colourful, bold and unique. Once a company has clarified its purpose and agreed its mission, the next step is to work out how to...

Five Qualities of Purpose-Led Business

Business must embrace a purpose beyond shareholder value. In practice, five essential qualities will help every company do good things for the people it touches. We – the public – are talking about organisational ‘purpose’ five times more than we were in 1994. The...

Why 40 Hours’ Work Makes Only 20 Hours’ Difference

People often feel, even when they work hard, that their efforts have little impact. Poor ‘strategic alignment’ – when day-to-day practice falls out of step with what the business needs – makes work an uphill struggle. I enjoy supper with Charlotte. She rarely objects...

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