Aligned Talent Management & Business Strategies – Coming Your Way Soon?

 

Please, you protest, not this hoary old chestnut again. Haven’t we done this one to death? Well, allow me a festive break because it seems to be my abiding memory of 2012. This year has seen me working in the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, and now Malaysia. Everywhere I’ve been I and my colleagues have had

Help Wanted

 

People say everything comes in threes – accidents, coincidences, London buses, and all the rest. Yesterday the theme for me, expressed in different ways, was help wanted.

Example One: It’s mid-October and I thought we still had time to bag a few Munros*. The we

Intercultural brainstorming – the deafening silence

 

Here’s how it typically goes. You’ve just taken over a multicultural team and you think a bit of brainstorming would be in order. Show the team right away that you believe in participatory leadership and that you value their opinions while at the same time getting some fresh insights into an issue you’re all fa

Exploring your organisation’s culture – who are you?

 

There’s a great onboarding activity in which new recruits are asked to explore their recently joined organisation as if they were anthropologists looking for artefacts, rituals and beliefs. The new joins scatter around the company – complete with pith helmets in some cases – to observe and interview, collec

Executive Olympics and Other Mind Games

 

It would be churlish not to revel in the success of the just concluded Olympic Games. Everyone else is, and will undoubtedly continue to do so for years to come – today’s stars of the track and pool are the stars of tomorrow’s motivational speaker circuit and the senior leader retreats where we hope that some o

Innovation and Creativity Competences – Stop and Smell the Hills

 

The Fringe has started up here in Edinburgh and the city is overflowing with the wildest, maddest, funniest expressions of creativity. And yet the most inspiring couple of days I’ve had in years were last weekend with my stepbrother on the west coast of Scotland. Mike is spending two months on a residency project o

Organisational Cultures in Multinationals – Same Same?

 

When we look at organisational cultures, we usually identify the influences as coming from the surrounding environment, the size and maturity of the organisation, the ownership, the organisation’s approach to technology, and the sector and markets it operates in. And, typically, an organisation’s culture is set i

Building a Global Team’s Identity – From WIIFM To WIIFU

 

The traditional metaphor likens American business teams to baseball teams and Japanese ones to tug of war sides. In the former, individuals can still shine or disappoint however well the team does. In the latter, it’s hard to discern individual input – the team succeeds or fails as a whole. So far so good, but ti

Shall We Dance or You Wanna Race?

 

What does time look like to you? Does it stretch straight ahead into the distance, measurable yet infinite? Or does it loop and circle around like a bee? Is time money and the schedule king? Or are relationships more important and time rubbery like a Dalí clock?

Of all the cultural dimensions the element of time is the one that often pro

Personality Profiling – Creating Stereotypes?

 

Did you know that our concept of the word stereotype only really dates from 1922? The American writer Walter Lippmann – no slouch on the word front as he would later coin ‘cold war’ – borrowed the term from the world of printing, where it is a metal cast used to make repeated, identical images of a charac