Business transformations: Same, same, different

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  DOHA, QATAR — We’re working on four different ‘transformation programmes’ at the moment. Combined they are on three continents, in over 30 countries. You would think that would provide some shocking contrasts.  But it does something quite different. It shows startling similarities. Everything has superficial … Read More

How to buy consulting: costs, fees, expenses…

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AT HOME — I’ve been trying to figure out how I ended up with a four-digit dentist’s bill this month, without ever discussing even the procedure, let alone the fees. And I can’t really make sense of it. Similarly we have been working with a mid-level … Read More

The cascade is broken

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SOUTH WEST LONDON — They say it’s broken.  But I am not convinced it ever really worked.  The company cascade is like the Lost City of Atlantis… or the missing Beach Boys album.  Many people think it’s out there, but disappointment is the most likely outcome. … Read More

Transformation and change management: How to…

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WEST LONDON — There’s a hording around the big, refurbished church at Hammersmith flyover that says TRANSFORMATIONSPACE.  The hordings in the photo above are at the base of the new Shard of Glass building at London Bridge. What are they on about? The words ‘change’ and … Read More

Drawing attention to yourself: The consulting challenge

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GREAT PORTLAND STREET – Not far from our offices is the Chinese Embassy in the UK.  Across the street there’s a booth set up and someone practising Falun Gong 24 hours a day. Falun Gong (which just looks like aerobics to you and me) is illegal in … Read More

Providers of executive education

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LONDON — I’ve just been reading about a company that offers “custom executive education” and does so very successfully around the world. It’s an interesting business.  We were talking to the good people at BraveNewTalent about the subject yesterday. How do companies get talented people to … Read More

Proof of life: 5 things to do today to better your Internal Comms

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LATE IN LONDON — We like lists and in recent times this blog may have been harder on Internal Communicators than is deserved. So here are a few things that you can do in a single day.  They will advance your case, secure your reputation and … Read More

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