LONDON — Shell’s $70B takeover plans for BG Group makes for some striking headlines today. It’s big, and bold, and unexpected. Analysts are still studying it and trying to make up their minds, but […]
How much do those words strike fear into the hearts of the average executive?
Shouldn’t we be enthusiastic about organisations that are willing to change? Experience has always shown we have to constantly adapt to survive. And many companies now try to get ahead of that requirement, and make changes proactively so as to thrive.
That’s what restructuring, efficiency and cost-cutting is […]
LONDON 30 MAY 2014 — Why do change programmes fail to deliver the intended value? Why do so many good programme managers and technically gifted change managers continue to under-perform when it comes to delivering the benefits of transformations?
That’s the simplest of answers. People get in the way.
Let’s look at three key areas where […]
LONDON — When organisations set out to improve their operations they can project how the changes will add real value to their business. However in most cases they do not achieve all the benefits that the changes promised. This is the story in almost every business in operation. Strategies don’t reach the heights they intended. New […]
LONDON — This morning’s Financial Times asks whether Google has become our century’s GE.
Is Google really “emerging as the dominant consumer technology company of the early 21st century”? And if so, what does that mean for business in the 21st Century.
1. Transient megastars
Although it appears like a […]
LONDON — In newspapers this week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is quoted on his “bet the company” moment. Last year, his firm, Microsoft, launched Windows 8, a new operating system, and didn’t include the […]
LONDON — This past 10 days we saw the investiture of both a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury (the heads of the Catholic and Anglican Christian churches). That doesn’t happen very often.
In both instances they run traditional institutions facing substantial challenges and changes. So we can look at them to see how a new ‘CEO’ can drive change. […]
LONDON — Recent analysis or Corporate Communications functions provides some surprising insights.
Something has happened to Corporate Communications. Not only are times changing but time has changed the function. Its future is now in doubt. And while that news is sobering, it is not necessarily the end of Corporate Communications. Many functions are already finding solutions. We examine these developments here.