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The rider & the elephant – part 2

Picking up from yesterday’s post. You need to understand that there are no good guys and villains in this model.  It may seem that if only the elephant wasn’t so easily distracted we’d be fine but it isn’t that simple.  The elephant is big and powerful and can do much to get us there.  The […][...] read more » The rider & the elephant – part 2

The elephant and the rider – part 1

It is a fact that change is hard; even when we know there is a good reason for changing, we still struggle to live into our good intentions.  Phrases like “Well I know I shouldn’t …BUT” emerge from our lips.  Two American brothers called Dan & Chip Heath wrote a book called “Switch”, where they […][...] read more » The elephant and the rider – part 1

The Power of asking for what you want

I took my son to the cinema yesterday.  We had a good time, saw a great movie, but on coming out he discovered that his best trousers were covered with chewing gum.  He was understandably upset but going to walk out of the cinema.  I said “Wait a minute..” and went up to the first […][...] read more » The Power of asking for what you want

“What’s the Difference between Management and Change Management?”

I had this question posed today and it hit a nerve as I’d been talking about this the other evening. It’s a good question and I wish it were asked more often. The short version of my answer was “The right answer should be very little, as I have always maintained that Change is the […][...] read more » “What’s the Difference between Management and Change Management?”

Fishing for Business ……. or what it takes to win business in the recession

Those of you who read my blog may recall that recently I was reintroduced to the joys of fishing by my brother… he thought I needed distracting. I used to do it as a youngster and have periodically picked it up again over the years; I never needed too much of an excuse to sit […][...] read more » Fishing for Business ……. or what it takes to win business in the recession

10 Reasons Why Communications Fail

There is a slightly cynical piece of wisdom about communications called ‘Wiio’s Law’ which says that all human communication fails:- Communication usually fails, except by accident. If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes damages There is always someone who knows better than you what […][...] read more » 10 Reasons Why Communications Fail

Banking – Has anything changed?

Over the last two years or so the repercussions of the sub-prime debacle have been rocking the world economy, and bringing down such global giants as Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan Chase. Every High Street in the country has been left with gaps where businesses have closed; even such household names as Woolworths have bitten […][...] read more » Banking – Has anything changed?

A bird brained Idea? [video blog]

I’d be very interested in your feedback on the value of video blogs please![...] read more » A bird brained Idea? [video blog]

Change Lessons from Obama’s Mistakes in Health Care Reform

I think there are few people who would disagree with President Obama’s view that America needs its healthcare system reforming, especially all those Americans who can’t afford health! The US system costs roughly twice that of those in Europe or Canada and is far less efficient. A medical degree seems to be a license to […][...] read more » Change Lessons from Obama’s Mistakes in Health Care Reform

The missing puzzle piece

I had an interesting perspective on the work I did the other day and talked about in my earlier blog.  We were talking today and they said “I think the reason that it worked was it finally gave me somewhere to put my feelings.”  They had tried to let these feelings go for a long […][...] read more » The missing puzzle piece