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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

Out of the box

A scientist set up an experiment with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, he hung a banana on a string and placed a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey started to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touched the stairs, the scientist sprayed all of the other monkeys […][...] read more » Out of the box

100th Monkey Syndrome – How change happens?

The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant. An 18-month-old female […][...] read more » 100th Monkey Syndrome – How change happens?

Ain’t What You Do

‘It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do itAnd that’s what gets results…. It ain’t what you do it’s the time that you do itAnd that’s what gets results’ Old pop song Those are the words of an old song, that has been covered many times. They came to my mind the […][...] read more » Ain’t What You Do

Business Ethics

I attended a seminar run by the Institute of Business Ethics the other day, where the issue of ethics in modern business was explored. Modern business people are now used to talking about their business values, things such as Quality, Excellence, Teamwork etc; however, perhaps less discussed are Ethical Values such as :- Honesty Transparency […][...] read more » Business Ethics