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Sycophant or Triumphant?

Sycophants are not wondering what is best for the organisation, they are only interested in what is best for them. If you ask them about for a SWOT analysis of your company product or opportunities for disruption, they will spout some generic nonsense. However, ask them about section 2, article 3c, paragraph 2 of the company handbook and they will recite it to the letter. In essence, they know how to survive in an organisation all the way to pension, riding on the coattails of those in power.

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The Harryhausen Effect – Fear Drives Resistance

Working in corporation change is fraught with many challenges. One of these challenges is ostracisation and rejection of the change agent by the corporate immune system. It is useful to understand why this resistance can be expected. Many change makers struggle with this apparent rejection by their colleagues and with the inevitable frustration due to the glacial speed of progress. The reasons for such phenomena are as manifold as the obstacles one must overcome. However, for this Thursday Thought, let’s consider a core reason why change is so difficult: the fear of the unknown.

Chaos IS a Ladder

Chaos is a Ladder, Not a Pit

One of the challenges that so many organisations and individuals face is that we have grown accustomed to a steady and stable environment. The relative stability of the post-war period, an anomalous period in world history, has somewhat contributed to our conditioning for stability. As a result, our mental and operational flexibility has atrophied. Progress and change only happen when we adapt, when we permanent reinvent, when we understand that chaos and order are bedfellows.

The Radical Innovation Playbook Olga Kokshagina and Allen Alexander

The Radical Innovation Playbook with Olga Kokshagina and Allen Alexander

A practical guide for harnessing new, novel or game-changing breakthroughs
The Radical Innovation Playbook with Olga Kokshagina and Allen Alexander

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EP 259: The Advice Trap with Michael Bungay Stanier

This episode is about getting to grips with how to actually change your behaviour so you stay curious a little bit longer.

Author of The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever, Michael Bungay Stanier tells us how.

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When Good People Go Quiet: A Swiss Cheese Model of Idea Penetration

Swiss cheese Model for Ideas Aidan McCullen. Have you noticed a colleague who was once full of ideas, who has gone unusually quiet? Perhaps you may assume they are just disinterested? You may think they are having a bad day? Perhaps instead, they have fallen prey to a corporate lobotomy? Perhaps they are worn down? Perhaps they just couldn’t be bothered any more.

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EP 258: Turn the Ship Around with L. David Marquet

No matter your business or your position, you can apply his approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier – and everyone is a leader.