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Book Review – Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations

2018-10-04T12:49:36+00:00June 26th, 2018|

Book Review - Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations In The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations Pamela Meyer, President of Meyer Creativity Associates, suggests three stages organizations move through in order to make the agile shift: In part one she focuses on understanding the what, why [...]

Are you committing any of these innovation monetizing failures?

2018-10-04T12:50:31+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Are you committing any of these innovation monetizing failures? One of the companies I worked for is a startup that made 3D goggles for medical applications at the start of the millenium. Better than anything that was on the market then. How cool is that for doctors - being able to actually stand inside a [...]

Should you rely on intuition?

2018-10-04T12:36:55+00:00June 11th, 2018|

Should you rely on intuition? One of the games I play with my colleagues is : “Guess the relationship”. The rules of the game are simple. When we are in restaurants each of us makes a hypothesis about the relationship between people sitting at another table. We discuss our intuitive sense of their relationship. If [...]

The dream customer

2018-10-04T12:51:15+00:00May 29th, 2018|

  The dream customer In 2012, the first major collaboration between Chrysler and Fiat produced a brand new version of the classic 1970s Dodge Dart, to a lukewarm reception. Why? At least three reasons: including a manual transmission for a mainly automatic transmission buying audience; installing a European style dual clutch, for mainly American buyers [...]

Can you teach intuition?

2018-10-04T12:38:06+00:00May 21st, 2018|

Can you teach intuition? When I walked into the boardroom I knew something was seriously off key here. The new CEO was sitting with his back to his team. Some leaders were juggling with their phones, others were answering emails. This was supposed to be a breakthrough meeting about the strategy for the coming two [...]

To be agile you have to align your organisational structures vertically

2018-10-04T12:57:43+00:00April 30th, 2018|

  To be agile you have to align your organisational structures vertically I was working for an international jewellery firm. The grandson had called me in to talk about the succession planning in their family business. After a long conversation about some of the dysfunctional dynamics in the family, I asked to see the organisational [...]

Team agility and business innovation

2018-10-04T12:59:06+00:00April 17th, 2018|

Team agility and business innovation: Agile boundary paradoxes by Sari van Poelje A new study conducted by Censuswide, sponsored by Ricoh Europe, examines the challenges and opportunities in establishing more agile and flexible businesses. Top of the list is regulation (39%), followed by lack of investment in new technologies (37%) and inescapably rigid internal hierarchies (35%) [...]

Agile leadership

2018-03-29T16:13:10+00:00March 29th, 2018|

  Agile leadership by Sari Van Poelje When I started working at KLM in my first ever job as a team leader I made every mistake I see beginning leaders make. I did the work, instead of helping others to do it. I told people what to do and how to do it, instead of [...]