leadership

The problem with relying on intuition for process improvement and decision making.

In a previous blog “There’s more to decision making than meets the eye… or why we shouldn’t dismiss gut feelings“, inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Blink’1, I made a case for the discretionary use of intuition in decision making.  I argued that: There seems to be a particular role for intuition when: a) encountering very …

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Why conventional knowledge management, process improvement and project management won’t work with ‘clever’ teams. Or will they?

‘Simply putting clever people together does not make a team’, and, ‘There are many examples of extremely bright and talented groups that signally underperform’.  So say Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones in ‘Clever. Leading your smartest, most creative people.’ (1) This book, which Elisabeth Goodman, principal consultant at RiverRhee Consulting, picked up as a result …

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Aptitude, Attitude, Plenitude and Servitude – key assets for strong team members and the self-employed

Continuing on my voyage of discovery as a self-employed consultant seeking to help teams become not only more effective but great at what they do, I’m learning so much from the people I meet as well as the books I’m reading. Special thanks to Simon Brooks of Contacts4Business for starting me on this train of …

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(Project) leaders empower, (project) managers organise

When I work with project teams, they often have both project leader and manager roles, but are unclear about their respective roles; or have only the one role, and miss out some of the vital responsibilities. In my continued reading of Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit, I find that he and his team have done some …

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